Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday Bookworm: the Virgin Queen's Daughter

This book is the reason why I love historical fiction.  I've read many novels about the Tudor dynasty and this one is by far my favorite.  Why?  It's a great what-if book.  History is full of facts, but there are many pockets of time that there is very little information about.  Fiction can fill in those gaps, and there's a question surrounding Elizabeth I this author takes one step further.  There's absolutely no evidence of the theory presented in the book, but I love this kind of spin on history.

the Virgin Queen's Daughter by Ella March Chase

Tucked away in the country estate of her beloved father, Lord Calverley, young Nell de Lacey feeds her hungry mind with philosophy, language, and studies of science. Her mother, once a devoted lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, would rather her daughter stop dabbling in the grand affairs of men and instead prepare for her eventual duties as a wife. She knows all too well what menace lurks in royal courts.

But Nell’s heart yearns for something more, and a chance meeting with Princess Elizabeth, then a prisoner of the Tower of London, pushes her closer toward finding it. Now, years later, Nell’s chance arrives when she is summoned to serve as a lady-in-waiting to the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth. Nell is entranced by the splendor and pageantry of royal life, unaware of the danger and deception that swirls around the monarch and her courtiers.

But a lingering rumor about nine unaccounted for months in the Virgin Queen’s past reignites when the flame-haired Nell—a mirror image of Her Majesty both physically and intellectually—arrives at court. Quickly she catches the eye not only of the cunning Elizabeth, but of those who would see the queen fail. With strong evidence to connect Elizabeth to her newest maid of honor and the politics of England in turmoil, the truth could send Nell and those she loves to the Tower to join in the wretched fates of those who’ve gone before her.

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