London, 1527. Abducted as a child-heiress, Honor Larke escapes to London seeking justice from the only lawyer she knows: the brilliant Sir Thomas More. With More as her affectionate guardian, Honor grows to womanhood, when the glitter of the royal court lures her to attend Her Majesty, Queen Catherine of Aragon. But life at Henry VIII’s court holds more than artifice for an intelligent observer, and Honor knows how to watch - and when to act.
Angered by the humiliation heaped upon her mistress as Henry cavorts with Anne Boleyn and presses Rome for a divorce, Honor volunteers to carry letters to the Queen’s allies. It’s a risky game, but Honor is sure she’s playing it well - until she’s proved wrong. Richard Thornleigh may cut a dashing figure at court, but Honor isn’t taken in by his reckless charm. Only later does Honor realize that Richard has awakened something within her - and that he, too, has something to hide...
For the King’s actions are merely one knot in a twisted web that stretches across Europe, ensnaring everyone from the lowliest of peasants to the most powerful of nobles. Swept away in a tide of intrigue and danger, the Queen’s lady is about to learn everything: about pride, passion, greed - and the conscience of the King...
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Barbara Kyle did a wonderful job of reading this book, she brought the story to life with her different accents and the right amount of emotion (not too much and not too little).The first book in the Thornleigh series (there are 5 of them at present), set during the reignof Henry VIII during the time of his obsession with Anne Boleyn. I mostly like to read about real historical figures (it is fun to be entertained at the same time as learning somehistory). Though this book is based on real historical events, the theme here varied from Catherine of Aragon to the religious conflicts to Thomas More, Anne Boleyn and more. However, the two main protagonist are fictional and I wasn't sure what I would think of that. First introduced to Honor Lark when only 7 years old I was captivated. Thomas More becomes her guardian and so begins her story. Her journey was a pleasure to watch, it was written with feeling and showed the effect the time period had on the people of England under the rule of Henry VIII. She grew into a woman of conviction who took too many risks for what she believed in. This book moved along at a steady pace and I had a hard time stopping, there was a lot going on, mystery, intrigue, romance, conflicts and more.The only reason that I did not jump right into the next book (The Queen's Daughter) was that I didn't have enough credits left at Audible. Once I have that I will definitely continue with this series.
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