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(The Tudor Court, Book I)

By Karen Heenan


(The Tudor Court, Book I)

By Karen Heenan

Book Title: Songbird 

Series: The Tudor Court, Book I

Author: Karen Heenan

Narrator: Jennifer Summerfield

Publication Date: November 3, 2019

Publisher:  Authors4Authors Publishing Cooperative 

Page Length: 300 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


She has the voice of an angel…

But one false note could send her back to her old life of poverty.

After her father sells her to Henry VIII, ten-year-old Bess builds a new life as a royal minstrel, and earns the nickname “the king’s songbird.” 

She comes of age in the dangerous Tudor court, where the stakes are always high, and where politics, heartbreak, and disease threaten everyone from the king to the lowliest musician.

Her world has only one constant: Tom, her first and dearest friend. But when Bess intrigues with Anne Boleyn and strains against the restrictions of life at court, will she discover that the biggest risk of all is listening to her own stubborn heart?


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Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

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.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟5 Stars

Songbird by Karen Heenan is an exceptionally written historical fiction.

From the deplorable conditions of Southwick, ten year old dark haired Elizabeth “Bethan” life completely changes. From the moment her father sells into the care of King Henry VIII Minstrel Group, at Greenwich Palace.

Taking on the name Bess Llewelyn, suggested by her first and truest friend Thomas, “Tom”.

Her gift of voice shines above all, under the training of Master William Cornish the choirmaster. Settling in young Bess finds her own place within the made up family of those like her, that have become property of England’s King. They are their solely for the purpose of the courts entertainment.

As the years go by Bess has tried to acquired courtly skills that should keep her and those within her station at court safe. But this is the during the treacherous time as King Henry VIII, patience is wearing thin with Spanish Queen. Whose inability to bare her lordship an heir to the throne. Her friendship with heartwarming and loyal Tom never waivers, as she grows up into a beautiful Song Bird of King Henry Court.Bess finds her self drawn to an attractive courtier along with the existing drama that is taken place.

Karen Heenan captivates you right from the beginning and her atmospheric imagery catapults into the Renaissance time period. The courtly intrigue and the splendor along with center theme of music, was mesmerizing.

Her vivid and established world with its fully fleshed cast of characters, kept me completely immersed. Truly a stunning historical fiction book.

A treasure of a Songbird by Karen Heenan is one of my all time favorite reads. It’s taken it’s place front and center in Library.

I am patiently waiting for the next installment in this enchanting book series!

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