Queen of the day, I reigned over my bridal shower in the usual way, crowned with a paper plate full of ribbons and bows that threatened to topple off my head at any moment. The queen’s customary wicker peacock throne was shaky, too. It tipped over completely at the height of the festivities, sending me—ass over newly unwrapped teakettle—to the floor. General relief that I had not broken my neck displaced any speculation about what sort of an omen my tumble might be.
“Ann Boleyn...a Renaissance Audrey Hepburn in a little black dress.”
“Codpieces were all that my sister Mary was interested in.”
“Ann Boleyn, speechless! That makes a nice change, to be sure!”
“This building fool could only be Bess of Hardwicke, a woman whose name is seldom seen in print without the word “redoubtable” in front of it. I wondered if anyone ever called her redoubtable to her face. I redoubted it.”
"You have to be very careful with roguish when you are over 40.”
“But I had a job to do, and men are of a lot more use all whipped up than they are basking in afterglow."
"I would have bet my panties that they were Mary’s aunties—if I had been wearing any."
"I... guessed it would be best to just bumroll with the punches."
Truly, hope does spring eternal; chill it, grill it, spill it or drill it, you just can't kill it.
"I want you to have a stout heart for what you give to life, and a light heart for what you receive from it. Lighthearted only, you have no worth. Stouthearted only you have no joy. You must have both to do life justice."
A little historical humor and Tudor geekery, anyone?
“Six of One” is the ultimate ‘girls’ night in’…with the six wives of Henry VIII. It’s the most fun you can have with your nightdress on! Join Dolly, the Tudor-obsessed heroine of “Six of One”, on a Yellow Brick Road journey to the alternate reality of an all-girl Tudor court.
It all begins when Dolly loses consciousness on the eve of her marriage to the six-times- divorced Harry. She awakens in the company of the Tudor women she’s studied all her life. They have a mission to accomplish, and Dolly may be just the girl who can help them do it.
As a warm-up to her life-changing interview with the six wives of Henry VIII, Dolly gets to dish with lots of the other fascinating females of the Tudor era. She learns things she never guessed about the Princes in the Tower from their sister, Elizabeth of York…Henry VIII’s mom. She talks sex with Henry’s sisters and scholarship with his daughters. She even gossips with the help, since Kat Ashley and Bess of Hardwicke are among the ladies on hand.
Of course the heart of the story is in Dolly’s interview with the six wives of Henry VIII. It turns out there’s something to each of the wives’ stories that’s been held back all this time. You won’t believe what really happened…or will you?
“Six of One” offers no tragedy, no excuses, and no apologies. It does have lots of broad humor, not to mention tons of puns. And—for a change—a happy ending. [retrieved 4/7/2014 from Amazon.com]