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THE IRISH PRINCESS
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, England, Tudor Period
Sweeping from the lush green hills of Ireland to the bustling London streets and the intrigues of Henry VIII’s court, Harper’s fascinating novel reveals the life of Elizabeth Fitzgerald, daughter of the Earl of Kildare. With the broad strokes of a master novelist and the fine detail of an expert researcher, she brings the sights and sounds of the 16th century, as well as the life of an extraordinary woman, to life.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, known as Gera, lives a charmed life until her father answers Henry VIII’s summons to come to England. He dies in the Tower of London. Following the tragedy her brothers and uncles are charged with treason and Gera’s family travels to London to plead their case. Caught in the whirlwind of the court, Gera nurses her hatred and plots to murder Henry. She avoids marriage but harbors a secret desire for courtier and seafarer Edward Chilton.
Edward shares Gera’s passion for freedom and love of the sea. Gera finds a kindred spirit in Princess Elizabeth, whose fight for survival and independence mirrors her own. It is fate that brings these strong young women together and links their destinies until Gera returns to Ireland. (NAL, Feb., 380 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: February 2011