June 25, 2013
Ladies in Waiting Series
"A rich alchemy of fact and fiction, the Ladies in Waiting series chronicles the glittering court lives of three Tudor Queens and the women chosen to be their closest friends and companions. Each book envelopes the reader in sweeping romance, heartwarming and heartbreaking circumstances, and heroines who choose lives worth risking all for."
That is from the author Sandra Byrd's website and it describes this wonderful series perfectly.
I really loved reading these books. The stories were well told, as well as the writing superb.
Each shares the life of a Tudor Queen, that of Anne Boleyn, Kateryn Parr and Elizabeth I, while also telling the story of their ladies in waiting.
They are written from the point of view of the particular lady in waiting who interacts with her Queen. I loved how the author intertwined the two lives in each book.
If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be Roses have Thorns. I found Queen Elizabeth's lady in waiting, Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, so interesting. I'd never heard of her before, so her story was new to me.
In Sandra's afterword she says of Helena:
"How had I missed her in a lifetime of reading the Tudors? I stumbled across Helena's tale while writing the second book in this series, focusing on Kateryn Parr. (Helena's first husband William Parr, Marquis of Northampton, was Kateryn Parr's brother) I have had to infer some into the friendship between Helena and Elizabeth, but I did try to keep all known facts."
Each book also has a faith element which I appreciated and enjoyed. All three books are very clean reads, without losing the reality of the Tudor court.
I highly recommend them all!
If you like you can read my thoughts on the first book in this series, To Die For, in more detail: HERE
Buy - To Die For HERE
Buy - The Secret Keeper HERE
Buy - Roses Have Thorns HERE