ONCE UPON A ROSE
Country star Deanie Bailey has always dreamed of performing for the palace. She just never dreamed that she'd be singing for the king of England -- King Henry VIII, that is!
Deanie had gone to England to shoot a music video on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. All she does is take a stroll through the palace's famous maze and wham! she's transported back 400 years to Henry's court.
Luckily Christopher (Kit) Neville, Duke of Hamilton, introduces her as his cousin. Together they try to keep a low profile at court, which is impossible once Deanie captures Henry's lustful eye.
Soon Kit and Deanie are up to their necks in court intrigue and become pawns in a ruthless battle between two power-hungry courtiers. The lovers must risk their very lives to save Deanie's virtue, Kit's head and their future together.
Judith O'Brien joins the ranks of master storytellers with a delicious, hilarious story of a Nashville star taking 16th-century London, and the royal duke who joins her magical adventure, by storm. (May, 338 pp., $5.99)