Victoria Lamb is the daughter of the acclaimed and prolific historical novelist Charlotte Lamb. The Queen’s Secret is her fiction debut, and the first in a planned trilogy of novels set in the court of Elizabeth I.
The Queen's Secretby Victoria Lamb
July, 1575: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, arrives at Kenilworth Castle—home of Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Leicester, who has long had ambitions to marry the Queen, knows this may be his very last chance/b>
In the court of Queen Elizabeth I, romance and intrigue could cost you more than your heart… It could cost you your head.
July, 1575: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, arrives at Kenilworth Castle—home of Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Leicester, who has long had ambitions to marry the Queen, knows this may be his very last chance to persuade her to marry him. Toward this end, the hopeful earl has organized a lavish week of music, dancing, and fireworks.
Despite his attachment to the Queen and his driving ambition to be her King, Leicester is unable to resist the seductive wiles of Lettice, wife of the Earl of Essex—and the queen’s own cousin. Soon whispers of their relationship start spreading through the court. Enraged by their growing intimacy, Elizabeth employs Lucy Morgan, a young African singer and court entertainer, to spy on the adulterous lovers.
But Lucy, who was raised by a spy in London, uncovers far more than she bargains for. For someone at Kenilworth is plotting to kill the queen. No longer able to tell friend from foe, it is soon not only the queen who is in mortal danger—but Lucy herself…
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I enjoyed this book as I am a fan of historical fiction especially the Tudor time period. I like how it picks a new character in history that I have never read about: Lucy Morgan. The queen picks Lucy to be a spy for her but she gets more than she bargains for. The author did a good job of bringing the characters alive and holding your interest throughout the whole book. Another thing I liked is how the author was very accurate in her use of history, to me this is an important thing in a historical fiction book and it makes it that much more interesting to me. The attention to detail was very good, I felt as if I was right there in the queens court alongside Lucy. I can't imagine living in that time period, I think it must have been very hard. One thing that I think made this book move fast for me is that it is told from three different characters points of view. This is the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to reading more. I recommend this to all Tudor fans. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I give this book 5 stars.
Well written with attention to detail. I love Elizabethan historical novels and this novel is one of the better ones I have read recently. I like that the focus is on a relatively short period of time rather than spanning years or decades. There are 3 main female characters: Elizabeth, her cousin and rival in love-Lettice and young ingenue Lucy Morgan. The first two come across as shrill and shrewish. Hard to find much sympathy for either of them. This is moderated by the unusual character of Lucy Morgan. This is a more harsh portrayal of Elizabeth than I like to read, but given the circumstances of her life it might not be far off the mark. She must have been lonely later in her life.