My rating: 5*
Genre I reckon: Historical Fact/Fiction - Romance
Buy link: Amazon
Wow! This is incredible!!
Real life is skilfully blended with fiction.
Sir Thomas More, King Henry VIII, Queen Catherine - all real.
Mistress Larke weaves between them all yet is fictional.
The full list of fictional vs real characters is handily included at the back of the book.
I love that this story doesn't centre around the king himself; he's there more as a backdrop although we do get pulled into his machinations.
Honor Larke is the main character. She has a turbulent life, and always strives to do what is right. The trouble is, in such dark times it's hard to know what right truly is.
Some of the situations, well, it's a fictional novel - there's plenty of action. It's feasible. And kept me awake more than one night as I had to keep turning the pages.
Plenty of swoon-worthy moments too. No spoilers, but the guy...! Oh my!
Religion is questioned heavily. We have Catholics, which we know had a rough time in this era. And the heretics are running rampant. Theologians help us explore the options.
This book is written so it's easily understandable by the modern reader. But the depth of description makes you feel as if you're in Tudor England - sights and smells all included without being overly bogged down by these details. Beautifully done!
The amount of research that's gone into this is both staggering and evident.
Mystery, intrigue, plots...everything you'd expect from a Tudor book.
A captivating historical romance.
Always in love and light,