Let’s journey back in time to the reign of King Henry the VIII and his notorious line of wives. Generously provided by Candlewick Press and Netgalley for honest review.
This Historical YA Fiction novel surrounds the main character Elizabeth Camperdowne. This is a coming of age story revolving around young Eliza learning the in’s and out’s of being a proper Nobel daughter and lady at court. All while discovering court and the company of the King can be at times periless.
When I first opened this book it didn’t draw me in. I thought young Eliza was bratty and thought much to highly of herself, all while not truly knowing what it takes to be it in the real world. I can honestly say I almost DNF it because of how Eliza’s personally grated against mine. Yet because of my love and interest of Tudor era England and Henry’s wives I pressed on. Once I discovered the character was in fact the cousin of Katherine Howard Henry’s fifth wife, my attention was truly drawn. Combined with the main character’s growth and personality switch.
I truly can say I enjoyed reading about Eliza’s life through childhood to adulthood, traversing school and court, and her job as maid of honor to two of henry’s wives. The ending was immaculate and the intrigue, romance and character growth in the story made it a very quick and enjoyable read. I give high praise to Author Lucy Worsley for her detail and knowledge of Tudor England, and her portrayal of everyone in the court. I will gladly re-read this again in the future, I gave this novel 4 out of 5 stars. 4 because it took me awhile to get immersed within the story.
Synopsis: In the vibrant, volatile court of Henry VIII, can even the most willful young woman direct her own fate and follow her heart in a world ruled by powerful men?
Clever, headstrong Elizabeth Rose Camperdowne knows her duty. As the sole heiress to an old but impoverished noble family, Eliza must marry a man of wealth and title — it’s the only fate for a girl of her standing. But when a surprising turn of events lands her in the royal court as a maid of honor to Anne of Cleves, Eliza is drawn into the dizzying, dangerous orbit of Henry the Eighth and struggles to distinguish friend from foe. Is her glamorous flirt of a cousin, Katherine Howard, an ally in this deceptive place, or is she Eliza’s worst enemy? And then there’s Ned Barsby, the king’s handsome page, who is entirely unsuitable for Eliza but impossible to ignore. British historian Lucy Worsley provides a vivid, romantic glimpse of the treachery, tragedy, and thrills of life in the Tudor court.