About the Book:
This is the second in a three part series and is about Katherine Parr. While knowing a bit about the history of England, this series has brought the era to life.
I appreciate how Byrd has highlighted the many spiritual issues of the time. There was an almost superstitious spirituality, thinking prescient dreams indicated one was a witch. Should a woman have the gift of prophecy during this time, she was in great danger. And then there was the changing theology of King Henry VIII. Some previously accepted theological works and translations of the Bible, such as Tyndale's, were banned. Religious reforms were going backward and Queen Katherine thought she could influence the King to move forward as only a wife could. But that put her at odds with others and put her life in danger.
That is just one interesting aspect of the historical information included. Henry, knowing his health was in decline, made changes so that women were included in succession for the first time. Katherine had hope after Henry's death but powerful people had other ideas.
Potential readers should be aware that there is a sexual assault scene in this book. It is not overly graphic but it might be a trigger situation for some. Byrd explains in her note after why she included this heartbreaking scene in her novel.
I liked this novel and all the interesting cultural and theological information it contained. Byrd has taken what I thought was dry history and brought it to life.
You can read my review of the first in the series about Anne Boleyn, To Die For.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
A dedicated foodie, Byrd cooks through the topic and location of every book she writes. In addition, she collects vintage glass and serve ware in her free time, loves long walks with her husband, and Sunday Suppers with her growing family. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. You can find out more at https://www.sandrabyrd.com/.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)