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Whitehall Palace, England, 1539

When Catherine Howard arrives at the court of King Henry VIII to be a maid of honour in the household of the new queen, Anne of Cleves, she has no idea of the fate that awaits her.

Catching the king's fancy, she finds herself caught up in her uncle's ambition to get a Howard heir to the throne. Terrified by the ageing king after the fate that befell her cousin, Anne Boleyn, Catherine begins to fear for her life...

Pembrokeshire, Wales, 2018

Dr Perdita Rivers receives news of the death of her estranged grandmother, renowned Tudor historian Mary Fitzroy. Mary inexplicably cut all contact with Perdita and her twin sister, Piper, but she has left them Marquess House, her vast estate in Pembrokeshire.

Perdita sets out to unravel their grandmother's motives for abandoning them, and is drawn into the mystery of an ancient document in the archives of Marquess House, a collection of letters and diaries claiming the records of Catherine Howard's execution were falsified...

©2018 Alexandra Walsh (P)2019 Tantor

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Excellent read....

I really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and turns, drama and intrigue. There should be a part 2.

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great read

i didn't think i would enjoy this book as i am more into psychological thrillers, however i enjoyed this book. i was not a fan through part one or two but by part three i was sucked in. the narrator is a great performer you would almost assume there is more than one reader. I've already bought the second book in the series and cannot wait to get started!

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Must read!

I hesitate to listen to this story. Love all things Tudor related, but Catherine Howard is not among my favorites. So I took a chance...so happy I did!!! This is now by far one of my favorite books can't wit to listen to the next one.

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Excellent!!

This was fantastic! I was immediately hooked and I cannot wait to listen to the next book in the series. The narrator was also amazing. I highly recommend this!!

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Love the story

Wow, what good story. It can be fun to pretend that things could have been different. The real zinger is the idea that people can't trust their governments,,, One little aside, that nickname=Perks drove me insane.

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Surprisingly Brilliant

I really enjoyed this book. Thinking it was like most in this genre (which I love), it became unexpectedly enthralling. The navigation thru the story as well as the excellent narration puts this in one of my most entertaining reads. If you are a fan of the Tudor era, I highly recommend this gem of a tale and can't wait to read the next.

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Compelling from the outset

When my sister recommended this book, she warned me it looked like a bodice ripper, but said not to be fooled, that it was excellent. I'm glad I listened to her because this book has it all. Murder, conspiracy, history, betrayal, insanity, it's all here, wrapped in a beautiful narration by Emma Gregory. I just purchased the next two in the series and cannot wait to listen to them. Alexandra Walsh has woven together fact with fiction and told the tale so cleverly one finds it difficult to stop. Just wonderful.
As a long time Audible listener, I rarely write reviews but this book is so good!

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Different perspective on an old presumption

This will be short and sweet, typing on my phone. Absolutely enjoyed this book. Kept grabbing my phone to continue listening, even while outside. It is not predictable and it is not a bodice ripper. The tale stands on its own with. a unique look at Catherine Howard and an alternative story. . Treat yourself and have a listen. I'm off to book #2!

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The present day character is awful

I wish this book didn’t switch between the two. The present day character is constantly angry, petulant, and unbelievable. It’s too bad, because the alternative theory was an interesting idea.

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A fun historical what if.

I really enjoyed this story. Far fetched? Yep. But then, so much of legit Tudor history seems far fetched, so why not?

I’m excited to start the second book.