Friday, December 20, 2013


The Royal Series -Book 3
Francine Howarth

My Review:
        Until I saw the series The White Queen, I had no idea of the treachery in the royal courts, but Francine Howarth brings that same intrigue to her story of 17th century England and the royal court of Charles II, in her historical romance Royal Secrets.
        A young aristocratic girl, Justine Thornton sets her eye on Richard Viscount Axebury, but Richard has a reputation for being a cad. Justine is naïve, infatuated, and determined to win his heart. Francis Axebury the more sensible brother is in love with Justine and the man her father favors for a match, but Justine is as wild as her horse Lancelot, and will not be reined in. Justine is willful - a true handful for her parents, but her father is determined to see her find true love. It is the relationship between father and daughter that was the true gem of this novel, at least for this reader.
        There is plenty of intrigue in this lovely historical romance and it's also the reason you'll want to read the next book in the series! I thoroughly enjoyed intrigue of the ladies in waiting, the power held by the King's mistresses, and all the Royal Secrets of this well-written novel.
              Although part of a series, Royal Secrets is a complete and stand-alone story, and I can't wait to read the other books in Francine Howarth's Royal Series, as the fight for power goes on!
Yolanda Renee © 2013
***** ***** *****

It's 1669, and Justine Thornton's heart is lost to that of Richard Viscount Axebury. Although wise and malicious counsel from family and friends warn of his reputation as a courtly rake, a chance encounter with James Scott Duke of Monmouth causes her heart to waver and suddenly her life seems infinitely charmed. But family indiscretion at the court of Charles II turns Justine's life from one of carefree bliss to that of surviving rogue intrigues and political ambitions.

As old and new feuds take precedence at court Justine becomes party to information that cannot be allowed to reach the King's ears, for not only does she pose a threat to one of the King's mistresses, the King’s brother too will be called to account for his actions. Upon Justine’s sudden abduction the heroic camaraderie of Viscount Axebury and the Duke of Monmouth pose an even greater threat to her kidnapper, and her father the Earl of Loxton is soon face to face with an old adversary. But who will prove to be Justine’s champion, the viscount or the duke, and can the king’s mistress be toppled from her elevated position?

Francine writes contemporary romantic suspense, historical murder mysteries and sensual historical romances. She has an eclectic reading taste, but history has always been her greatest love in terms of educational subject matter (since she was old enough to read), and historical novels became her life-blood in terms of entertainment value. A portrait, a landscape, wind whispering through trees, droplet of rain or snowflake on eyelashes can stir Francine's imagination and result in either a modern contemporary romance or that of a steamy historical.

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A Blog Hop of Giveaways hosted by Milo James Fowler!

Remember just tell us in a comment your favorite romance, whether a book, movie or you own personal experience and you could win an eBook copy of Murder, Madness & Love and Memories of Murder the first two books in the Detective Quaid mystery series
Francine's book Royal Secrets!


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  1. Gotta love good court intrigue! Congrats to Francine.

  2. Good Luck to Francine! Yolanda, Merry Christmas!

  3. I think my all-time favourite romance has to be Winston Graham's Poldark saga -- the books even more than the BBC TV series (we shall not discuss the ITV series).

    1. Thanks Stevie, we shall not discuss - great choice!

  4. My favorite romance movie has to be "Legends of the Fall." I can watch that movie time and time again and my heart breaks every time!

    1. Thanks Kristy, I can't watch it - too heartbreaking!

  5. THE PRINCESS BRIDE - a tale of true love and high adventure! Thanks for joining the #Tismoreblessed throng, Yolanda.

    1. Thank you for hosting Milo, The Princess Bride is one my favorites too!

  6. Hi Yolanda,

    How very nice of you to bring such awareness of Francine's book. Gotta' love a bit of Royal shenanigans and the description is very nicely written. Love has no boundaries, evidently.

    I shall duly take the liberty of sharing this posting. Gosh, I'm nice. LOL

    My all time favourite romance is the one between Fidelina, the beautiful fairy princess and Geoffrey the garden gnome.

    Being on my best behaviour, I shall not do my usual rant about blog hops! :)

    Have a peaceful festive season, Yolanda.


    1. Appreciate that Gary - this blog hop is different! That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Thanks for your support - always!

      Merry Christmas!

  7. "An Affair to Remember" is my favorite but Casablanca is a close second. See? I watch more than sci-fi! Not often, but I do.

  8. Hmmm. I'll say The Mysteries of Udolpho.

  9. Thanks everyone for your love comments - especially the sharing of your favorite love story. The winner of this drawing is Kristy Marie Feltenberger Gillespie!

    Congrats Kristy - I do hope you enjoy the books!

    Happy New Year to all!

  10. Seems like an intriguing love story, intriguing enough to keep turning the pages.


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