'Iris is only 15 when her parents are suddenly and violently hauled away from their country estate by her father’s enemy, the Duke of Northumberland. Forced to flee the only home she has ever known, Iris is hidden by her father’s friends and allies, who soon have the sad task of informing her that her parents are dead.
Despondent, and wanting revenge, Iris agrees to be trained as a spy by the duke’s foes, and then work undercover as a lowly kitchen maid.
A meeting with the young princess Elizabeth changes Iris’s life completely. Because of their resemblance to each other, Elizabeth invites Iris to join her court, where she mingles with lords and ladies and bravely consents to pose as Elizabeth in a desperate ploy to save the princess’s life.
This vivid historical novel from the author of Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I plunges readers into the treacherous world of the English court. An unusual coming-of-age tale featuring a strong, active heroine, The Counterfeit Princess will appeal to princess fans everywhere.