Published by Razorbill
Source: Review copy (thanks razorbill)
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?
The story is set 18 months after the end of The Other Countess and focuses on the Story of Lady Jane who we met in the first book as a secondary character. Her life has changed dramatically since the first book. She has recently become a widower and has lost regular contact with the Lacey family. She has taken up a position in the Queen's staff and has come back to court to serve as one of her ladies.
This book was fab for me as it many of the same characteristics of the first one which I loved: fab characters, brilliant witty dialogue and an awesome insight into the world of Tudor England. I enjoyed how it focused on some of the other characters we met in the first book and gave us a bit more insight into their characters.
I don't want to say much about the plot because it'll give away what happened in book 1 and may spoil it for people but I will say that it is just as suspenseful and kept me hanging on for the final resolution with all the twists and turns thrown in along the way.
If you loved the first you will love this too. Definitely a series I would thoroughly recommend for people who like fast paced and intelligent historical fiction with a host of feisty and exciting characters.