His Last Letter by Jeane Westin

His Last Letter

One of the greatest loves of all time-between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley-comes to life in this vivid novel. They were playmates as children, impetuous lovers as adults-and for thirty years were the center of each others' lives. Astute to the dangers of choosing any one man, the Virgin Queen could never give her "Sweet Robin" what he wanted most-marriage- yet she insisted he stay close by her side. Possessive and jealous, their love survived qu...

Details His Last Letter

TitleHis Last Letter
Release DateAug 3rd, 2010
PublisherBerkley Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, English History, Tudor Period, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Romance, Literature, 16th Century, Historical Romance, Elizabethan Period

Reviews His Last Letter

  • MAP
    Ugh, Elizabeth and Dudley fan fiction.This book, presumably, digs into the relationship of Elizabeth I and her favorite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. However, for some reason, 100% of it is a bodice ripper romance novel, 80% of it is focused on them as middle aged adults (why?), 20% of it is remotely historically accurate, and 0% of it is what I was hoping the book would be.Ok, how to break this down? Let's start with the secondary and terti...
  • Lori Twichell
    While doing any research on Elizabeth, you quickly realize that many people know a little about her, but not many know much beyond that. Fewer still understand or recognize the depth of her relationship with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Author Jeane Westin, based on much research and a deep abiding knowledge of Elizabeth’s life, bases this book on the love story and romance that held during the lifetimes of Elizabeth and Dudley. With b...
  • Stephanie Tracy
    I am a huge fan of Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, so this book really excited me. I think their love story is beautiful and it was perfectly illustrated in this wonderful story. It bounced around to different times in their romantic, yet tumultuous, relationship, but started and ended in the same place. Robert's words and actions were sweet enough to make the reader fall in love with him as well, as I already was. :P I highly recommend this b...
  • Charlotte Guzman
    This is my kind of book to read, Historical Fiction. First read for this author. This is about the love between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley. The love that was shared between the two was bitter sweet because she was Queen and he, although of high rank, was not in standing as a possible husband. She would have to reach higher for a Queen's husband, but never married to stay loyal to her country and herself and Robert Dudley. This was a love...
  • Kristen Elise
    This was an interesting tale of the relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, well narrated and quite a page-turner. I really liked the way the novel was set up, beginning and ending with Elizabeth locking herself in her chambers with "his last letter." At times, I thought the sex was a bit gratuitous and the time-flipping maybe a little excessive. But overall, a great read if you're interested in this fascinating queen.
  • Nancy Xyooj
    The cutest and loveliest book I've read with Elizabeth and Robin. You'll fall in love instantly and wished this really happened (but what if it did???). Definitely one I would re-read over and over in the future! Just can't get over the emotions you feel for both characters. You're so frustrated with Robin, but he has his rights too! and then Elizabeth is so difficult, but can we truly understand her fears? So much pulling back and forth, but the...
  • Dallas
    "I'm a man...just a man who loves a woman more than life."Sigh...it is lines like this that I found throughout this book that made me fall in love with the story of Elizabeth and Robert Dudley. This book only made my fascination for Bess and her Robin grow deeper. It is a wonderfully written book that will draw you in from the very first page, and warm your heart as you envision their love story. I would give this book more than 5 stars if I coul...
  • Linda Shook
    It was long and at times a very slow read but I could not put it down. Very interesting account of Queen Elizabeth 1, the daughter of Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn. Referred to as 'The Virgin Queen' Elizabeth seems to have had a long running relationship with a childhood friend but she never married. After reading this book, I have now ordered the DVD set, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth 1.
  • Christy English
    I do love Elizabeth...and Robert loved her, so I love him too...
  • Lindsey
    This was a look a Elizabeth's time as queen from a different perspective-entirely from the relationship between Elizabeth and her long-time love Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. The evolution of their relationship and romantic struggles were at the forefront while the actual events of Elizabeth's reign took a back seat. After reading numerous Elizabethan stories, I appreciated this fresh perspective.
  • Michelle
    Here's my review for The Associated Press:¶ "His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester" (New American Library, $16), by Jeane Westin: More than 400 years after it ended with the death of Queen Elizabeth I, the Tudor period seems back in vogue with a successful movie, sexy cable series and slew of books dedicated to England's most powerful monarchs.¶ While Henry VIII has received a romantic makeover with the 2008 film, "The Other Bo...
  • Tudor Book Blog
    A The Tudor Book Blog Review(http://www.thetudorbookblog.com).Summary:Westin begins the story on the eve of Elizabeth’s victory over the Spanish armada. Elizabeth. As she goes through the intricacies of the court celebrations, she notices Robert Dudley, her favorite, is not there. It is then that she receives the letter, his last letter. Robert was dead. She locked herself alone in her room and begins to remember their life together.My Thoughts...
  • Kylie Cheung
    I was excited to read "His Last Letter" -- I've loved the Elizabeth and Dudley forbidden love since Philippa Gregory's "The Virgin's Lover", and this book was dedicated entirely to them. I truly wanted to love it, but HLL fell a bit flat for me in some areas.Firstly, while this was understandably historical romance, it was romanticized to the point of being a little cliche... okay,a LOT cliche. I don't doubt Robert Dudley was in love with Elizabe...
  • Amanda
    His Last Letter opens with the biggest triumph of Elizabeth I's reign: the defeat of the Spanish Armada. They say it could never happen, that the fleet was unsinkable, especially by some fledgling island country led by an unmarried woman who is the daughter of a supposed witch and whore. But they were wrong. Thanks to Elizabeth's less than ethical relationships with pirates, for lack of a better term, such as Sir Francis Drake, she brought Englan...
  • Kylie
    I did enjoy novel; there were many thrilling, exciting, beautiful parts, but there were also bland boring ones, as well. I have never read fiction so late into Elizabeth I's reign as 1585-1588, when she was in her mid 50s. I do like how Westin still portrays her as relatively youthful. I believe Elizabeth's temper was portrayed well, although honestly I think her character was made a bit too 'soft.' When Dudley angered Elizabeth, I doubt she came...
  • Barb
    In 'His Last Letter', Jeane Westin gives readers a nearly exclusive look at the complex relationship between Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester by focusing her narrative on several different critical periods in their lives with little attention paid to the queen's other favorites or politics.Westin's chronology of events is completely out of order; she begins her story describing events that occur in 1588. The story unfolds w...
  • Crystal
    I had floated around this book in my local Barnes & Noble for a while; however, wary of similar period works of fiction such as those written by Philippa Gregory (no offense to anyone who's a fan of her work ... I have no problem with speculation on history, except that so many people try to think of her work AS history now!), I avoided taking the plunge. By the time I finally read it, I must admit I ended up disappointed.The non-linear style is ...
  • Svea
    Read my full review on my blog: Confessions and Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog.Having just defeated the Spanish Armada, Elizabeth I spirits could not be higher; that is until she receives word that her long time love, Robert Dudley, has perished. All of her joy and laughter quickly vanishes and she is thrown into deep despair. As she is drawn into her private chambers by loyal subjects, we are taken on a journey through the final years of Elizabe...
  • Gaile
    This novel assumes the reader knows something about the history of the Tudor period. I think a reader new come to Tudor history would have to do other reading to understand it. That said, I knew enough of the period to enjoy the novel and see the motives behind Elizabeth's behavior toward her beloved Robin. There are flashbacks here to help the reader understand their entire relationship from the time they were children together.The POV switches ...
  • Peg
    This novel about the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester is based on spare historical fact, but is interesting and informative regarding the Virgin Queen's reign and her time. Although I prefer something with more verifiable factual information, this book does give a probable inside view of Elizabeth's personal life. It certainly gives the reader a view of the Elizabethan Age at court and its intrigues. It also tells ...
  • Mitzi
    This is a story I enjoy hearing again and again. I do wish it would have been told in chronological order after the initial flashback.
  • Rosemary
    I chose this books because of the historical content although, as with anything dating back this far, there isn't a lot to go on. It was an interesting story although slow at times.
  • Kimberly Ann
    1/2 ★, maybe even a minus ★Well, it started out as a good idea... but then it got involved & the author lost the time & place and the language changed to modern day rot.I do enjoy historical fiction, especially about 1500's, but this was so far off base. The author took blatant liberties w/ the personages & the non-fiction accounts in order to make up a fantastical "romance", which rang so far false, that it was a shameful sham.I'm pretty sur...
  • Rose Pavlicek
    I have read many books on Elizabeth Tudor both fiction and nonfiction. This is the romantic of them. Each chapter is well written. The switch from earlier and later in the relationship with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leichester, was a little confusing at first, but soon became clear. This book is a real page turner!
  • Fiona
    Once the relationship between Bess and Rob emerged through the historical duties and side suitors, I was captivated. At a time for celebrating England's naval victory against the Spanish, she was losing him to his fever. I believed her heartbreak as she hid away to grieve. Finding a second page to the last letter was a beautiful touch. I will explore more by this author.
  • Amy Bruno
    In Jeane Westin’s sophomore release she tackles one of the most intriguing love stories in history...that of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.His Last Letter focuses on the last three years that Elizabeth and Robert were together before his death and alternately goes back to various pivotal points in their relationship. I thought the author did a fantastic job at this, giving the reader glimpses of their tempetu...
  • Ambrosia Sullivan
    Published first for my blog The Purple BookerI know there are many who chalk this book up to just being fan fiction and maybe for them it is, heck even for me I am willing to say there is a great deal of fan fiction involved. That being said I don't mind fan fiction and when dealing with a relationship from so far away there will be a little bit of fan fiction. We know they had a special relationship and what is wrong with coloring in the lines a...
  • MayaBea
    I suffered my way through this book in the misguided belief that it might finally get better. It didn't. The characters were shallow and poorly written. There were problematic views of both genders; the novel painted men as being entirely unable to control themselves when faced with carnal desire despite being told No, and showed women as secretly wishing to be ravaged because it is in their nature. "Sweet Robin's" infidelities are glazed over ag...