I have served three queens in my life. One was my sister, one was my savior, and one my bitterest enemy.
Knowing she was seen as a threat to the Queen she served, Lady Katherine Grey, legitimate heir to the throne, longs only for the comfort of a loving marriage and a quiet life far from the intrigue of the Tudor court. After seeing her sister become the pawn of their parents and others seeking royal power and then lose their lives for it, she is determined to avoid the vicious struggles over power and religion that dominate Queen Elizabeth’s court. Until she finds love—then Kat is willing to risk it all, even life in prison.
Time and Setting: England 1548 – 1568
Genre: Historical Fiction
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer Rating: 4 stars
Review by Sabrina
Most, if not all Tudor fans are familiar with Lady Jane Grey – the Nine Days Queen – but up until recently I was not familiar with the story of her sister, Katherine. I am so intrigued with her life that I’ve just completed reading my 2nd book about her this year. This book opens when Katherine is a young girl, several years before her sister is made Queen. The journey it then takes you on is one I could never have imagined on my own . . .
Katherine is a young lady who has always lived life precariously. She tries to please and be dutiful, but always seems to fall short. I found as I read and grew with Katherine, that I became quite fond of her. While the author remains within the confines of the real events and actions, she is able to create a sympathetic character who I could love and rally behind. Was Katherine naïve – yes! Did she make rash decisions and sometimes become her own worst enemy – yes! But behind all the fumbling and impulsiveness was an eager young girl who just wanted to be loved. When she found love, she grasped it and found she couldn’t let go.
The more and more I read of the Tutors the less I am apt to like them. I always considered myself a huge fan of Elizabeth I. But as I delve deeper into the small details I see a different side of her that I don’t necessarily like. Did she need to do this to protect herself? Quite possibly, but one always wonders if the actions taken were for the good of the country or done out of selfishness or jealousy.
This is a sad story but we are provided with moments of happiness. Knowing the outcome for Katherine Grey and Edward Seymour. I embraced these moments as tightly as I could, hoping this time they would last just a tad bit longer. I cannot imagine enduring what they did, but I love how the author is able to provide the reader with a love story that resonates throughout each struggle. I had a hard time towards the end – have your tissues handy – I know I used them a lot!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
E. Knight is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America and several RWA affiliate writing chapters: Hearts Through History, Celtic Hearts, Maryland Romance Writers and Washington Romance Writers. Growing up playing in castle ruins and traipsing the halls of Versailles when visiting her grandparents during the summer, instilled in a love of history and royals at an early age. Feeding her love of history, she created the popular historical blog, www.historyundressed.com. Under the pseudonym Eliza Knight, she is a bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author of historical and erotic romance.