THE VIRGIN'S DAUGHTERS
Westin knows her history, and the inner workings
of her characters' minds as well. She presents Elizabeth I through the eyes of two of her ladies-in-waiting. Rich, colorful details of
court life, captivating characters with suppressed sexuality, scandal and intrigue thrust the reader into the era
in this top-notch novel.
As the years pass, Elizabeth becomes bitter. Mistress Mary Rogers is her lady-in-waiting and confidante when the queen is smitten with the Earl of Essex. Mary knows what could happen should she give in to her desire for the queen's godson. But love cannot be stopped, nor passion denied, even in a court where that can mean death. (NAL, Aug., 400 pp., $16.00)