Let me preface this by saying that I read fiction featuring queer women almost exclusively these days. This is the first primarily heterosexual chick lit I’ve read in a long while, but I truly enjoyed it. If you’re worried about getting your queer fix, fear not! There is a delightful gay character who thoroughly tickled my fancy.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received an advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Skipping Out on Henry by C.L. Ogilvie is an historical chick lit told from the first-person present point of view of Posey Gilbert. Posey (the fun one) and her best friend Tabitha Landry (the responsible one) have ventured from Canada to London for the bachelorette party of a lifetime before Tabitha settles into a life of domesticity.
The pair get a much closer look at London’s rich history than they bargained for when Posey chases after the hot guy in the Chapter House, and all three of them are swept back to the 16th century. A series of bad decisions on Posey’s part lands Tabitha in the shoes of German princess Anne of Cleves (literally), on her way to marry the infamous King Henry VIII. A comedy of errors ensues as Posey and Tabitha struggle to help the time traveling Dylan restore the timeline and not lose their heads in the process (pun intended). Posey and Tabitha must learn to blend into the world of royal court politics while Dylan goes in search of the real Anne of Cleves who has run off in the name of modern feminism at Posey’s behest. Posey and Tabitha quickly learn that trust is difficult to come by in the King’s court, and every action can have dire consequences in the unending struggle for power.
C. L. Ogilvie clearly did her research to create this lighthearted romp through a very dark moment in England’s history. Nearly every page had me laughing out loud.
Posey’s character arc is well defined and watching her grow – both as an individual and a friend – in a foreign century is a heartwarming experience. Will – Henry’s court fool who is so much more than his title suggests – was the comical glue who pulled the whole story together. Ogilvie’s approach to the history and its cast of characters made the story accessible and fun to read.
I wish that Posey and Tabitha had addressed their use of contemporary English in the 16th century, as it continually tugged at my suspension of disbelief. However, it wasn’t so detracting as to deter me from the story. It was an indulgent adventure and I recommend it to anyone looking for a chuckle.