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Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters (The Katherine of Aragon Story Book 1) by [Dunn, Wendy J.]
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Book 1 in the Katherine of Aragon Story

Dońa Beatriz Galindo.
Respected scholar.
Tutor to royalty.
Friend and advisor to Queen Isabel of Castile.

Beatriz is an uneasy witness to the Holy War of Queen Isabel and her husband, Ferdinand, King of Aragon. A Holy War seeing the Moors pushed out of territories ruled by them for centuries.

The road for women is a hard one. Beatriz must tutor the queen’s youngest child, Catalina, and equip her for a very different future life. She must teach her how to survive exile, an existence outside the protection of her mother. She must prepare Catalina to be England's queen.

A tale of mothers and daughters, power, intrigue, death, love, and redemption. In the end, Falling Pomegranate Seeds sings a song of friendship and life.

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"Wendy J. Dunn is an exceptional voice for Tudor fiction, and has a deep understanding of the era. Her words ring true and touch the heart, plunging the reader into a fascinating, dangerous and emotionally touching new world." ~ Barbara Gaskell Denvil

"Dunn deftly weaves a heartrending story about the bonds between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. Each character is beautifully crafted with a compassionate touch to draw the reader into every raw emotion, from triumph to tragedy." ~ Adrienne Dillard, Author of Cor Rotto

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They say good writers are those who can reach the reader's heart. Wendy J Dunn possesses this gift. Few novels have moved me to tears. Hugo's Les Misérables is one of them. The last time I cried was after reading Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Marina. Falling Pomegranate Seeds achieved to do the same.

Set in Spain at the time of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand's reign, and covering key historical events, from the fall of Granada, Christopher Columbus' funding and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, Falling Pomegranate Seeds is a touching account of Catherine of Aragon's childhood told from the perspective of her educator, Beatriz Galindo. A scholar, and one of the most educated women of this period, Beatriz is tutor for the family and advisor to the Queen. The novel ends as Catherine - Catalina, as she is called in her home country - departs for England to be wedded for the first time, leaving the reader eager for the novel's sequel.

The novel is an intimate journey into the heart of the House of Trastámara, recounting its joys, conflicts and sorrows. We are there, in their bedroom, their hidden world. We feel what they feel. The novel unfolds with beauty, its descriptive passages artfully woven rendering each scene as vivid as though it were a painting.

There is no mistaking the emotional trauma suffered by this fascinating royal family and Wendy's superb writing plucks at every heart string and unravels every secret. On two counts we witness marriage and romantic love thwarted by betrayal and then tragic loss. The selfish and scheming, King Ferdinand, tormented by his more powerful wife, is also a lustful beast. Queen Isabel, burdened by royal duty is at once frightening in her determination against Jews but also pitiful in her recurring mother's loss.
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“All of us must walk our own roads, but ‘tis wrong to prevent women from walking to many roads just because we’re women. Even Plato said, ‘Nothing can be more absurd than the practice of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced by half.’ I so agree.” — Beatriz Galindo, Falling Pomegranate Seeds.
At its heart Falling Pomegranate Seeds is a story about female duty. Detailing the difficult, and often painful, lives women lead, Wendy J. Dunn writes evocatively about Queen Isabel I of Castile and her family. Through the eyes of Beatriz Galindo, a woman known for her brilliant mind, the reader becomes witness to the highs and lows of the most powerful royal family of their time.
While sticking as true to the facts as possible, Dunn uses her extensive knowledge of the era and her beautiful imagination to bring to life a story of friendship, love, loss, power, suffering and strength, in what is (at times) a heart-wrenching page turner.
In a novel dominated by intelligent, strong and inspiring women from history, Dunn doesn’t let the suffering of men fall to the sidelines. While much of the story is focused on the lives of women, the Holy War of the time saw men slaughtered by the hundreds, the thousands, a tragedy Dunn writes of with such sorrowful grief the reader is moved to ponder the utter wastefulness of war.
Coming to the end of the novel found this reader more aware of the difficulties of motherhood, and the many different paths women walk. Queen Isabel must rule her people, Josepha must raise her children and Beatriz must continue in her quest to gather knowledge: each woman a mother, each with a different road to travel.
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I am in love with Wendy's honesty, her evocative language and the strength of her conviction. This book speaks of the love, commitment and great friendship shared between women who have little power or say in their place in the world. Never have I read about Katherine of Aragon's childhood or her relationship to her family and duty. This is an untold story that reflects much pain, love and devotion. Please please read it!
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I don’t often read historical fiction, it’s not a genre that I’ve ever been exposed to. But, when I met Wendy through Swinburne University and decided to read her book… just wow, wow. I’ve never read such a heart-rending and fascinating story. The fact that it is based upon something that truly happened just made every moment of tragedy and triumph all the more powerful and poignant.

Catalina, or Katherine of Aragon as many came to later know her, had an immensely painful and tragic upbringing. This not only brings forward the strength of an incredible woman and one whom is often forgotten due to her replacement by Anne Boleyn, but it also highlights the plight of women. The mothers and daughters throughout this story constantly fight for their sense of self and lives. Their relationships are pressured and pursued by the needs of the men surrounding them, and they are constantly upheld to an ideal that is structured by others’ needs.

Telling the tale of Catalina through the eyes of her tutor, Beatriz, was a beautiful way in which to tell of the Holy War and a child growing too quickly into her mantle of responsibility. Every moment of peace and happiness present within the beginning of the story and childhood is offset by the pain and suffering that quickly causes such a vibrant young child to grow into adulthood.

This is a fantastic look into the history of one of the Tudors, but it is far more than that. Falling Pomegranate Seeds is an insightful look into the rights of women, the relationships between mothers and daughters, and coming of age in a world that is harsh and difficult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Formidable Queen Shapes the Destiny for Her Daughter! 6 September 2016
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Catalina, a/k/a Catherine of Aragon, is a child being reared in the Court of her parents, King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Spain. Beatriz is Catalina’s tutor who narrates this poignant story of children who must learn to respectfully accept both homely joys and devastating tragedies. They must do this with dignity and aplomb, no matter how grievous the events that are honestly not fit for children’s awareness.
In an age when women are educated to marry and raise children, the royal children, Catalina and Marie, are educated as men are. Catalina flourishes in this environment, having a natural and exciting curiosity about literature, philosophy, science, and other subjects. She is being prepped to be the future Queen of England, expected to separate from her Spanish family forever, and to be loyal to England, a huge task that will hopefully unite both countries. Wendy Dunn does a fine, fine job of conveying the essence of Catalina and Isabella’s world in which woman must appear to be obedient and self-effacing to their husbands but in reality wielding royal power that shapes the destiny of one’s kingdom. Subtlety is the art being taught through listening, observing, and commenting on her mother’s rule.
A secret mystery suggests King Ferdinand’s complicity in the death of the husband of one of Catalina’s siblings. Beatriz herself is accosted by the King several times which fills her with fear that will not be cast aside for many years. Several siblings of Catalina will die, causing such grief that it brings some to near-madness. In the effort to banish the Moors from Spain, Beatriz, Catalina and her siblings are forced to view in person the most devastating and horrifying aspects of actual warfare. The conflict between the Catholic faith that exhorts brotherly love and yet murders the infidel enemy causes intense consternation in Catalina’s mind, heart and soul.
Royal children are political pawns as their children must choose foreign spouses and political expediency over happiness. If love occurs, so be it; if not, one may perhaps learn to love. The loss of real love is mourned but then quickly pushed to the side for political strategies. It’s a relevant reality that makes the reader why a certain hardness pervades royal personalities. The reader is left to judge but of necessity accept as brutal reality that keeps nations united and safe.
While the events of history generate intense interest, it is the multi-dimensional characterization within this novel that is so intriguing and enchants the reader on every page. It’s also a window into the world of this woman who would become such a formidable and beloved Queen in England years hence!
Wendy Dunn’s novel, Falling Pomegranate Seeds… is magnificent, riveting reading that this reviewer highly recommends as MUST reading!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly anticipated and rewarding - five stars 27 January 2017
By Laura L. Rahme - Published on Amazon.com
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They say good writers are those who can reach the reader's heart. Wendy J Dunn possesses this gift. Few novels have moved me to tears. Hugo's Les Misérables is one of them. The last time I cried was after reading Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Marina. Falling Pomegranate Seeds achieved to do the same.

Set in Spain at the time of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand's reign, and covering key historical events, from the fall of Granada, Christopher Columbus' funding and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, Falling Pomegranate Seeds is a touching account of Catherine of Aragon's childhood told from the perspective of her educator, Beatriz Galindo. A scholar, and one of the most educated women of this period, Beatriz is tutor for the family and advisor to the Queen. The novel ends as Catherine - Catalina, as she is called in her home country - departs for England to be wedded for the first time, leaving the reader eager for the novel's sequel.

The novel is an intimate journey into the heart of the House of Trastámara, recounting its joys, conflicts and sorrows. We are there, in their bedroom, their hidden world. We feel what they feel. The novel unfolds with beauty, its descriptive passages artfully woven rendering each scene as vivid as though it were a painting.

There is no mistaking the emotional trauma suffered by this fascinating royal family and Wendy's superb writing plucks at every heart string and unravels every secret. On two counts we witness marriage and romantic love thwarted by betrayal and then tragic loss. The selfish and scheming, King Ferdinand, tormented by his more powerful wife, is also a lustful beast. Queen Isabel, burdened by royal duty is at once frightening in her determination against Jews but also pitiful in her recurring mother's loss. Princess Joanna's relationship with her father speaks of abuse and dysfunction. It is a disturbing dynamic which, for those aware of Joanna's future fate, remains psychologically satisfying. We also see the seeds of Catalina's religious piety and her inner strength. Characters are revealed in all their complexities and inner conflicts as when Catalina unveils her father's true motives and temporarily despises him only to cherish him later. But most of all, it is Juan who, at least for me, steals the light. The young prince - a poet, free-spirit and gentle soul who was never to be king, is captivating and utterly lovable. It is he who had me weeping.

Falling Pomegranate Seeds is also the story of Beatriz Galindo who for years suffers torment at the hands of the King and conceals her secret from the Queen for fear of losing her employment with the family she has learned to love.

Falling Pomegranate Seeds is well researched, but its historical details are carefully chosen while its creative liberties only make the novel more enjoyable, letting the reader speculate over truth. Through Catalina's schooling and the reflections of Beatriz, the novel also explores the literature and thinking of the period and achieves to paint Beatriz as a profound and intelligent woman.

But feeling remains the motor for this novel. There are passages that will remain with me always. I wait eagerly for the other books in the series and recommend this book highly for Tudor fans with a genuine interest in Catherine of Aragon's life.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and fascinating 28 August 2016
By Miss Lyn - Published on Amazon.com
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I always wanted to know more about the youth and family of Catherine of Aragon and Wendy J. Dunn brings them to sparkling life. I can't wait for the next in the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only the beginning... 5 February 2017
By Pax1065 - Published on Amazon.com
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While I have read many books, fiction and nonfiction, regarding Katherine of Aragon, rarely has very space been given to child. Most books give us the young bride of Arthur, then widow, and wife of Henry VIII. Beatriz, her teacher, narrates the story of the young girl growing up in Spain. The relationships with her siblings, parents, her close friendship with Maria who accompanies her to England are explored and insight is given into how Catalina becomes Katherine the Queen. The writing is flows and the imagery of the pomegranate is beautiful. In Judaism it has two meanings, the pomegranate has 613 seeds, the number of commandments given to the Jewish people and young brides are given a pomegranate so they may have as many children as the pomegranate has seeds. Something so important to royal families. An enjoyable read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read this year! 2 November 2016
By Karen Reams - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. I already am in love with the whole Tudor era and this book took me where no other writer has gone before. To be a fly on the wall and get a real feel for the court of Ferdinand and Isabella was divine. One of my favorite stories of female friendship is between Katherine and Maria, this book captures the beginning of that amazing lifelong relationship. I know Anne Boleyn is more popular now than Katherine but no lady risked her life just to hold Anne's hand while she died and Wendy Dunn shows us why and how that started. Whether you are a longtime student of the era or looking for a new one to study, you will love this book.