Being Elizabeth

Being Elizabeth

Book - 2009
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Elizabeth Deravenel finds herself at the crossroads of love and duty as she runs one of the most powerful business dynasties in history.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9780007874880
9780312354633
0312354630
9780312354701
Characteristics: 417 p. ;,18 cm.

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Gerry_21
Aug 15, 2017

Another nice story from Barbara Bradford Taylor.

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JEM_LPL
Aug 18, 2015

Barbara Taylor Bradford apparently decided to do for the War of The Roses what Susan Howatch did for the Plantagenets. Unfortunately, this book in the trilogy, "Being Elizabeth" is the last and definitely least.

You'd think a modern Elizabeth Tudor would have an exciting career of corporate raiding, white knights, and ruthless business decisions. You'd think that--and you would be wrong.
Queen Elizabeth Tudor walked the razor's edge for most of her life, and her decisions changed the course of history. Tycoon Elizabeth Tudor--I mean, Turner--has a dull, safe existence, and her biggest decision is how to redecorate her office. We don't hear much about how Elizabeth saves the Deravenel empire; we do, however, get to hear a lot about what she eats, what she wears and who she dates, and an odd story about Bruce Willis thrown in when her board tries to convince her to hire a bodyguard. However, since she's never in any real danger (and everything even remotely exciting happens as a flashback or offstage), then a bodyguard isn't really necessary. The ending is probably the most lazy one since "and then I woke up" was invented. It's like Bradford decided "OK, I've typed enough for one novel. Let's stop there." Better yet, folks, let's not even begin there. There are lots of great novels about Elizabeth Tudor; this isn't one of them.

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claire1953
Apr 27, 2012

This story is a modern version of the love story of Elizabeth Tudor and her life-long friend and love interest Robert Dudley. I must admit, however, that this is not a great book by any means and I cannot recommend it. A woman of Substance this is not!

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22crusher
Aug 02, 2010

just about the worst book I've tried to read in years. She's got the Danielle Steele habit of repeating the same sentence over and over until you'll scream if you read one more time about how Elizabeth was 'opposed to marriage...blah blah blah, abused child blah blah blah.' I'm certain she gets paid by the word.

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