Friday, 16 November 2012

Review: Gilt (The Royal Circle #1) by Katherine Longshore

This book is a definite read for those Tutor lovers out there! This book is from the perspective of Kitty Tylney who was the best friend of Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's 5th queen, many know of her ill fate. I would have to say this book follows the Tutors to the exact detail. How Francis Dereham Catherine's first love was hopelessly in love with her and sets out to make the best of himself for her sake. Then Master Culpepper, a cold yet handsome man with a stare of ice. This book follows the timeline of Catherine's early  teenage life at Chesworth House under the care of a distant relative, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk where she meets Dereham till she is discovered by a member of the royal court and selected to be the king's 'entertainment'. Henry believes he is in love and marries Catherine, she knows if anything about her past is revealed she would be in great danger especially that any Queen of England has enemies. Catherine meet Culpepper, risking revealing her secrets to be with him. Meanwhile poor Kitty has to deal with knowing all this and risking the death of a traitor while dealing with her own conflicts upon her heart.

In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free--
and love comes at the highest price of all. 
When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.

This is an amazing read which almost makes me not want to know all the intimate details of the time so I could read this book and not predict the outcomes! A fantastic novel that any and every Tutor or period lover must read!

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