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His Dark Lady – Victoria Lamb

14 May

Started – 25/4/13

Finished – 12/5/13

Format – Hardback Book


Synopsis – London, 1583.


When young, aspiring playwright William Shakespeare encounters Lucy Morgan, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s ladies-in-waiting, the two fall passionately in love. He declares Lucy the inspiration for his work, but what secret is Will hiding from his muse?


Meanwhile, Lucy has her own secret – and one that could destroy her world if exposed. No longer the chaste maid so valued by the Virgin Queen, she also bore witness to the clandestine wedding of Lettice Knollys and Robert Dudley, a match forbidden by the monarch.


England is in peril.Queen Elizabeth’s health is deteriorating, her throne under siege from Catholic plotters and threats of war with Spain. Faced with deciding the fate of her long-term prisoner, Mary, Queen of Scots, she needs a trusted circle of advisors around her now more than ever. But who can she turn to when those closest to her have proved disloyal?


My Thoughts – I got sent this book by the publishers as I read the first book in the series – The Queens Secret last year and really enjoyed the story. The book carries on from the first book, a bit of time has past since the end of the book and the start of this one but all the familuar characters are in it. Queen Elizabeth I, her sister Mary, all her court, Master Goodluck and of course Lucy Morgan who the story centralises on.

Will Shakespeare is very much a bit part to this book and I’m not overally sure if I liked the part that he played. I dont want to ruin it for others what he does but I’m not sure if I like it or not! However it was really good to read some fiction on his home life and that of his family like his daughter and his twins.

The love triangle from the previous book continues however it does kind of reach a head in this book. It did make me feel sorry for Queen Elizabeth I with how everyone was laughing at her but it was a good point to the book.

It did shock me with what happened to Mary I didnt really expect it in this book. This book tells the story of what life was like during that time, the plague, how horrible living conditions were and how many people did not live for very long.

The writing of this book is as beautiful as the first and it was really easy to get into the style.  I really enjoyed this book and i’m very hopeful that there is going to be more books in this series because i will definitaly be reading a brilliant book highly recommended by me.

Rating – 4/5


The Queen’s Secret – Victoria Lamb

24 Aug

Started – 6/8/12


Finished – 21/8/12


Format – Hardback Book


Synopsis – July 1575


Elizabeth I, Queen of England, arrives at Kenilworth Castle amid pomp, fanfare and a wealth of lavish festivities, laid on by the Earl of Leicester. The hopeful Earl knows this is his very last chance to persuade the Queen to marry him.


But 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 soon whispers of their relationship start spreading through the court.


Enraged by the adulterous lovers growing intimacy, Elizabeth employs Lucy Morgan, a young black singer and court entertainer, to spy on the couple. But Lucy, who was raised by a spy in London, uncovers far more than she bargains for.


For someone at Kenilworth that summer 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.


My Thoughts – I read this book as part of the Hardback Historical Challenge from the Transworld Publishers. I really had a craving to read a book from this time period and this book really fitted the bill for me.

This book is set in the time period of Queen Elizabeth I and is about Lucy, a girl in the courts. She starts off by being an entertainer in a big group, but ends up being one of the Queens favourites as the time goes on. There is also a big love triangle between the Queen, her cousin and a man, Robert. Along with spying and lots of other things this book had the premise to be a very good book.

I really enjoyed this book, especially the part where a young Will Shakespeare makes an appearance. As her is part of the climax of the book i was really surprised to see him in there, however this really made the book a lot more enjoyable for me.

I also enjoyed the big love triangle. This for me was really good and I couldn’t help but think how long it would be before they all got caught and it all became unraveled.

I’m not sure how historically accurate the book was as this time period is not my strongest, but i really enjoyed reading about it. I really want to learn more about this time period and read more books set in it.

I loved this authors writing and having a look there is a follow-up book to this one, due out next year and i will definitely be wanting to read that when it is released.

A great book that is highly recommended by me
Rating – 5/5