THE LAST TUDOR
Gregory always brings readers straight into her novels, where history and people come to life, while creating a colorful, vibrant world shaped by tempestuous events. Gregory also explores love, and she does this nowhere more than in her latest Tudor novel. Through the lives of the three Grey sisters, she portrays the joy and sorrow, tragedy and triumph of love in one’s faith, one’s family and one’s lover during the most turbulent era in English history. Though Gregory reimagines history, she respects the women who were part of it — pushing them to the forefront and empowering those who read their stories. The Grey sisters, Jane, Katherine and Mary, were tragic figures, but in Gregory’s hands they become powerful women who defy their queen. Weaving three distinct stories into one novel is a feat. As readers switch narrators, some may be deterred by the change in voice and pacing. Yet none will be immune to their powerful voices or fail to be uplifted by their devotion to make their lives and deaths meaningful.