Monday, August 28, 2017

Review: My Lady Jane

Title My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1)
By Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Genre Historical Fiction Romance
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The (not quite true) story of Lady Jane Grey. Queen of England for only nine days.

First Sentence
The King, it turned out, was dying.

I read this one for several different reasons. First: It's Utah Book Week and it's written by three authors, one of which is from Utah, Two: My book club was reading it for August's meeting, and Three: I wanted to. It sounded amusing. I liked the idea of taking a historically sad story and rewriting it to be humorous, romantic, and happily ending.

Somewhere between hearing about this one and buying it and actually reading it, I had gotten the idea it was going to be overly cheesy and badly written. I was  (blessedly) wrong on all accounts. It was written very well. We got three perspectives: Lady Jane, (written by Jodi Meadows) Gifford (written by Utah Author Brodi Ashton) and King Edward (written by Cynthia Hand).

The story was fun and adventurous with lots of romance and nods to pop-culture like The Princess Bride, Monty Python etc. With all that maybe you can see how I thought it was going to be cheesy too? Maybe not but I was worried. It wasn't bad at all, however, the writing was well done and easy to read and I liked the story even if it did end a little too happily? *shrugs*

My only real problem with the book was the length. It was nearly five hundred pages and easily could have been cut down to around 300 and not lost much. That, and it's overly happy ending made this one likable but not lovable for me.

Should you read it
Yeah, I'd recommend it just be ready for that length!


  1. I agree! The humor got annoying when the book started to feel TOO long. I just wanted it to end.

  2. I understand where you're coming from, but I respectfully disagree, lol. ;)

  3. It had a happy ending? That's certainly a different take on the story of Lady Jane Grey. :)

    1. Yeah, that's kind of these authors thing. They rescue Janes.

  4. I don't mind long books as long as they don't FEEL long. If they're long for no reason, that bugs. I'll probably read this one eventually, but I'm not chomping at the bit.

    1. That very thing came up at book club. And we agreed this one FELT long.