Emmie and the Tudor King by Natalie Murray

Hi All!  It’s Becky, again.  I recently read Emmie and the Tudor King by Natalie Muarry and I was surprised by my reaction to it.  Here are my thoughts:

43783633._SY475_Title: Emmie and the Tudor King (Hearts and Crowns Book One)
Author: Natalie Murray

Summary: Emmie is an average high school senior just trying to decide what her next step in life is going to be when she suddenly wakes up in the 1600s.  Emmie must quickly learn how to navigate the royal court of King Nicholas, the son of Queen Elizabeth I.  Emmie finds herself surrounded by traitors, murderers, and one dreamy king with sparkling eyes who just might capture her heart.

Review: I will admit that I was not clamoring to read this book.  I am not a big fan of historical fiction but I love time travel books so I decided to give it a try.  As it turns out, this book was a little uneven for me.  Murray wrote what feels like two very different stories that were mashed together to create one book.  The first book is about Emmie, a contemporary teen, dealing with her family issues while trying to decide what she wants to do with her life.  The second story is a historical fiction book taking place in an alternative history where the son of Queen Elizabeth I is on the English throne and he is trying to fight off the Catholic threat.  It is two very different stories and when they are interspersed they felt uneven.  Emmie’s story in modern time felt like an afterthought in comparison to her time in the past.  Once in the 1600s, the character became stronger and book more compelling.  Murray did a fine job of writing a romance between Emmie and Nicholas that was filled with flirty moments and lots of longing looks which made the story much more appealing.  However, I had an issue with modern-day Emmie who came off as lost and more than a little pliable.  It was the discrepancies between the two Emmie that made me only like this book instead of love it however it was the storyline between Emmie and King Nicholas that will make me read the sequel.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5

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