About the Book:
This novel of Elizabeth is seen through the eyes of Helena (Elin). While she was a lady in waiting, she married twice and was frequently gone from Elizabeth's side. In that respect, it seemed the personal aspect of Elizabeth's character was not presented as strongly as those of the Queens in the previous two books in this series. There was plenty of historical information included but I felt Queen Elizabeth was a secondary character and Helena was the real focus of the book.
This novel well portrays the religious controversy still prominent in England. It also explores the trouble with Mary, Queen of Scots, and her desire to rid the world of Elizabeth. We also clearly see the expectation that marriage be between equals in society's rank. Violating that principle without the Queen's permission could result in death.
This is a novel that well relates the political and religious situation at the time as well as the historical events of Elizabeth's life. I appreciate Byrd's Author Note at the end of the novel identifying fact and fiction.
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.)