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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 21mm | 235g
- Publication date: 3 February 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141327332
- ISBN 13: 9780141327334
- Sales rank: 118,179
It's 1584 - Surrey, England. When Lady Jane Rievaulx begins service to the Queen at Richmond Palace, she is thrilled at the court's newest arrival ...Master James Lacey. Despite her previous courtship with his older brother, James is the man she truly loves. And for his part, he cannot deny his fascination with her. However, James is setting sail on a treacherous journey to the Americas, seeking absolution for what he sees as past sins. But when Lady Jane is forced into a terrible situation by her own family, there is only one man to save her. Will Master James return to his lady - before it's too late?
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Eve Edwards has a doctorate from Oxford University and thinks researching a large part of the fun for writing historical fiction. She has visited Tudor houses, attended jousts and eaten Elizabethan banquets to get the sights, sounds and tastes right for this book. And, yes, she can testify that it is possible to eat neatly without the modern invention of the fork. She lives in Oxford and is married with three children. www.eve-edwards.com
By Tasha 19 Feb 2011
The Queen's Lady follows on from the authors previous book, The Other Countess, but while that one followed William Lacey and his now wife, Ellie, this is the story of his younger brother James and Ellie's good friend, Jane. Set a year or so after the previous installment, Will and and Ellie are still around as secondary characters, as are others that played a part in the first book. The emphasis is predominantly on James and Jane though, with a side story involving James' manservant Diego and Jane's fallen-from-grace friend, Milly. There's also a smattering of setting up for the next book with the introduction of the Lacey's half-brother, Kit.
I liked that the book followed on from the first so we get to see what's happened to Will and Ellie,whilst at the same time it takes on a fresh new feeling with the different characters being dominant. It was good to get to know Jane and James in more detail. I found myself liking Jane much more as we live through her traumas. She's a strong character who's not accepting of others ruling her but at the same time, there's often not a lot she can do about the situations she finds herself in. The laws and etiquettes of the time give her little options to get herself out of the mess she's in and she really does have to rely on someone saving her from it.
James was a much more solemn character in this book than he was in the first but that suited the experiences he'd been through and that he was suffering what would now likely be diagnosed as Post -Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Because of this he thinks others do not deserve to have to put up with him and he worries for their safety as his reactions can sometimes be violent.
Another great character led story by Eve Edwards with wonderful descriptions that make you feel like you're really there combined with witty dialogue and an insight into the Elizabethan era.