Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN 10: 1439183147
ISBN 13: 9781439183144
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The author of To Die For returns to the court of Henry VIII, as a young woman is caught between love and honor.
Juliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight in Marlborough. Though her family wants her to marry the son of her father’s business partner, circumstances set her on a course toward the court of Henry VIII and his last wife, Kateryn Parr.
Sir Thomas Seymour, uncle of the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his business with Juliana’s father’s estate and sees instantly that she would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in the Parr household for “finishing” and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly. For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king’s daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.
As Juliana learns the secrets of King Henry VIII’s court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will upset everything she thought she once held dear.
I am a big fan of the Tudor period in historical fiction. I love seeing the different viewpoints offered up by authors on Catherine (Kateryn) Parr and the people and events she is surrounded by.
UPDATE: I probably shouldn't have struck through the above part, because I didn't receive the title in time for the tour, but I DID receive it on Friday and read it over the weekend! Take a look at the review, and I think you'll want to win it even more!
Here are some snippets from other reviews:
"If you’re looking for a bit of royal intrigue, spiritual wonderment, romance and adventure, The Secret Keeper would be a fine way to start off some quality summer reading." - The Calico Critic
"I loved all the descriptions of the clothing and the parties - I almost felt as if I was there myself! We also get a glimpse into Juliana's personal life - a life that is thrown upside down once a major secret is revealed" - Always with a Book
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