Teri Brisbin captures this colorful period by filling the pages with interesting historical details (clothing and daily life) and personages (Robert Dudley, Lord Burleigh, etc), and the intrigue between Catholic and Protestant that caused the great schism. As Sharon's adjustment to 16th-century England is quick and easy, THE QUEENS MAN reads more like a straight historical than a time travel. Readers who relish the era will enjoy Ms. Brisbin's foray into the past.

As a historical costume curator, Sharon Reynolds is exhilarated when she finds a cache of perfectly preserved Elizabethan dresses. Her true find is a packet containing documents that prove of the birth and existence of Henry VIIIs other son. If this had been known, then the entire course of history would have been altered.

Before she can digest the magnitude of her discovery, Sharon is swept back in time and facing a harridan in Elizabethan clothing who is screaming at her.

Sharon becomes a seamstress in Queen Elizabeth's household, traveling with the queen and learning the ways of the court. She has also encountered the rightful heir, Elizabeth's half-brother, and a Catholic plot to usurp the throne.

(Sep., 330 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin