I love how Kate takes more obscure characters from the Tudor era and brings them to life surrounded by some of our favourite real life characters. And this book is FULL of Tudor goodies from Henry VIII to Jane Grey and a couple of princesses who become queens.
Elizabeth Brooke comes to court and falls in love with the new queen’s brother, Will Parr – only he is already married. When he finds himself single – after his wife commits adultery – he and Bess marry. Only, depending on the monarch in power, sometimes they are and sometimes they aren’t. My heart breaks for them at times and you’ll have to read the book to find out how their love story ends.
There is a ton of passion and intrigue in this book. And for me, that’s what made it hard to put down. I just loved the twists and turns the story takes. Also, I appreciate how easily she includes era specific tidbits into the tale – types of clothing, food, rules, etc. It makes me feel like I’m learning something while reading this really awesome book.
I want to say thank you to Kate for sending me a copy of By Royal Decree to review – and it was signed which I always find so special! She was also kind enough to write a guest post which I will be posting tomorrow. Stay tuned!