1584 – Surrey, England When Lady Jane Rievaulx begins service to the Queen at Richmond Palace, she is thrilled at the court’s newest arrival . . . Master James Lacey. Despite her previous courtship with his older brother, James is the man she truly loves. And for his part, he cannot deny his fascination with her. However, James is setting sail on a treacherous journey to the Americas, seeking absolution for what he sees as past sins. But when Lady Jane is forced into a terrible situation by her own family, there is only one man to save her. Will Master James return to his lady - before it’s too late? (From Goodreads.com)
I loved the romance between Jane and James Lacey, who is even more droolworthy than his brother Will. He is dark and brooding, tortured by what he has seen at war with Spain and doesn’t believe himself worthy. I adored how together they brought out the best in each other and cursed the awful and mercenary families who stepped in their way. My favourite characters in the book however where Diego, James’ African man servant and Milly, seamstress and longtime friend of Lady Jane. Through these two characters we truly see a passion to fight against adversity and overcome a world which has strict rules on rank, propriety and expectations, where crossing the line could cost you your life. I also enjoyed the introduction to the theatrical Christopher Turner, the Lacey brother’s illegitimate sibling and have a feeling his story will be very interesting indeed (told in The Rogue Princess released in May 2011)
Once again I found Edward’s sumptuous historical detailing and descriptions beautiful. The way she describes the rich and regal costumes of Elizabethan times brings them vividly to life, while the sights, smells and sounds of Tudor London are recreated vividly. I particularly enjoy her charming and easy writing style. As with The Other Countess, this book isn’t action packed (although there are one or two sword fights to get your heart pounding) it’s more a book to savour and immerse yourself with, perfect for a lazy afternoon when you don’t have to rush. Eve Edward’s series of books have become a firm favourite of mine and I eagerly look forward to the next. Recommended to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, romance, has an interest in the period or just wants a beautiful and charming story to curl up with.
Published in the UK February 2011 by Puffin
Thanks to the publishers for providing me with a copy for review.