The Secret Bride, Diane Haeger
In short: One of the weaker entrants into that wonderful subgenre of historical fiction, â€œSeedy novels about the Tudorsâ€, The Secret Bride chronicles the fate of Mary Tudor, Henry VIIIâ€™s younger sister and sometime Queen of France. Her story is fun and thrilling, as sheâ€™s married off to a much-older man, and then elopes with her beloved Charles Brandon, whoâ€™s a friend of her brotherâ€™s and decidedly not blue-blooded enough for a princess. But the writing is bad, and the historical inaccuracies glaring. Weâ€™ll have to wait a little longer for a really good book about Princess Mary.
Read it if you like: Philippa Gregory, The Tudors (which, in case youâ€™re curious, is considerably less historically accurate than even Haeger’s novel)