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by Alison Weir

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, England
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: 1483 and 1562 England

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Renowned historical biographer Weir switches gears, writing a novel set against the tumultuous political backdrop of two eras, Plantagenet and Elizabethan, as readers glimpse the lives of two women. Alternating viewpoints, an intriguing unsolved mystery, ghosts, romance and history entangle to present a plausible, well-written blend of fact and fiction.

When Elizabeth becomes queen she locks Lady Katherine Grey in the Tower, fearing that she will attempt to steal the throne like her sister Jane. Katherine only wants the quiet life of a wife and mother. While incarcerated she sees a portrait of Kate Plantagenet, illegitimate daughter of Richard III. After finding Kate’s letters, Katherine becomes fascinated with Kate’s search for the truth about the imprisoned little princes and the suspicion that Richard had the boys killed. Kate is determined to clear her father’s name. Katherine and Kate are joined in a strange ghostly fashion, both having been denied the joys of love because they are pawns in political games, and together they must struggle to uncover the truth. (BALLANTINE, Oct., 544 pp., $27.00)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin


Published: October 2012

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