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The Queen’s Almoner
By Tonya Ulynn Brown
Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Publisher: Late November Literary
Print Length: 320 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Sometimes loyalty to the queen comes at a cost.
Thomas Broune is a Reformer and childhood friend of the young queen, Mary Stuart. When Mary embarks on a new life in her estranged homeland of Scotland, Thomas is there to greet her and offer his renewed friendship. But the long-time friends grow closer, and Thomas realizes his innocent friendship has grown into something more. Yet he is a man of the cloth. Mary is the queen of the Scots. Both of them have obligations of an overwhelming magnitude: he to his conscience and she to her throne.
When he must choose between loyalty to his queen or his quiet life away from her court, he finds that the choice comes at a high price. Driven by a sense of obligation to protect those he loves, and crippled by his inability to do so, Thomas must come to terms with the choices he has made and find a peace that will finally lay his failures to rest.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Queen’s Almoner by Tonya Ulynn Brown is a sensational historical fiction. Seen through the eyes of her beloved childhood friend Thomas Broune.
Recently widowed eighteen year old Mary has just recently returned to Scotland. Her years away in France has impacted her lifestyle and maybe even her judgment.
Thomas Broune, Mary’s longtime childhood friend has been in correspondence with her through out her absence from the Scottish court. Their friendship picks up as soon as Mary’s Entourage sets foot on Scottish soil.
After ten years gone, Thomas is up prepared for the woman who greets him.
She has become a captivating, beautiful woman. She is breathtaking to behold, and soon finds herself capturing hearts everywhere she goes.
Mary will soon come to learn that the Scottish court is much more stauncher, and more serious than that of the royal court of France. Thomas Browne’s life long devotion to Mary is wonderfully depicted. He encounters several obstacles in trying to contain his surfacing affection for his Queen, all the while balancing his everyday life.
The Queen’s rule comes under scrutiny, as Scotland struggles with ongoing turbulence both religious and political. John Knox is avid foe as he continuous scorns Mary, and that of her continued friendship of Holy Roman Catholic Church.
Mary is ruled by her heart and she continues to make missteps in the Scottish court. Instead of making strategic alliances. Her naivety and her gender makes herself vulnerable to those who charm their way into her affections. She also severely underestimates the power and control of the lords of the Congregation.
Mary keeps Thomas close to her at court in Edinburg, in doing so he gives up his highly sought-after position. Thomas struggles to keep his adoration contained as his life takes some twists and turns. His personal life suffers under his constant absence from home, as he severs his Queen.
Ever the faithful servant, Thomas adoration never wanes. But there is only so much Thomas can protect the Queen from. Given his position as the Queens Almoner, and close friendship he stays on the sidelines as her life takes its disastrous dissent.
This was a riveting historical fiction, with powerful prose that flows that seamlessly. Richly detailed and resonate with period details. The story catapults you into harsh world of Scotland court during Mary Stuart’s era.
Tonya Ulynn Brown narration is with precision and depth, that evokes your sympathy for the character, Thomas Broune. I felt heart warmed and and sadden by his all consuming devotional to his Queen. His foreshadowing prophetic dream soon comes to pass. This book is a rich reward for anyone who enjoys superb well written historical fiction. A compelling and complex look at one of histories charismatic woman, seen through the eyes of one her most trusted friends.
Tonya Ulynn Brown
Tonya Ulynn Brown was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, USA, but now calls southeastern Ohio home. She spent her younger years right out of college, living in Europe and teaching English as a second language. She attributes her time in Eastern Europe as being one of great personal growth, where her love for history, the classics, and all things European was born. Tonya holds a Master’s degree in Teaching and is now an elementary school teacher where she uses her love of history and reading to try to inspire younger generations to learn, explore and grow. Along with all the historical characters that she entertains in her head, she lives with her husband, two sons and a very naughty Springer Spaniel. Her mother has also joined their home, making for a cozy and complete little family.