Author: Kate Emerson
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket (February 3, 2009)
From the back of the book:
Beautiful. Seductive. Innocent. Jane Popyncourt was brought to the court as ac hild to be ward of the king and a companion to his daughters - the princesses Margaret and Mary. With no money of her own, Jane could not hope for a powerful marriage, or perhaps even a marriage at all. But as she gorws into a lovely young woman, she still receives flattering attention from the virile young men flocking to serve the handsome new king, Henry VIII, who has recently married Catherine of Aragon. Then a dashing French prisoner of war, cousin to the king of France, is brought to London, and Jane finds she cannot help giving some of her heart - and more - to a man she can never marry. But the Tudor court is filled with dangers as well as seductions, and there are mysteries surrounding Jane's birth that have made her deadly enemies. Can she cultivate her beauty and her amorous wiles to guide her along a perilous path and bring her at last to happiness?
This book was well thought out and researched. Based on the life of the real Joan Poyncourt, this book made me feel as if I was really there, watching what went down, and actually living at the court. Some parts seemed to drag on and on, and there could have been a little more lovin' for my taste, but all in all a good read. It was part pleasure part learning, which is always a good thing. It's kind of hard to describe this book or the plot without copying exactaly what was said on the back of the book. Jane isn't sure what made her mother flee to England, but she's sure that once she finds out she'll feel so much closer to her mother.
Rating 3.5 out of 5