Thursday, 26 July 2012

Review of The Queen's Secret by Victoria Lamb

The Queen’s Secret is a fascinating fictional account of Queen Elizabeth I’s stay at Kenilworth castle in the summer of 1575. It is a beautifully written novel by debut author Victoria Lamb.

One of the central characters is young Lucy Morgan, a girl from Moorish descent who is part of the court entertainment. She is singled out to sing for the Queen who soon calls her a little songbird. Before long Lucy is asked to spy on Robert Dudley and Lettice Knollys, (a lady in waiting) who the Queen believes are having an affair. However, Lucy learns more than she bargains for and finds herself uncovering what looks like a deadly plot against the Elizabeth. Soon, not only is the Queen’s life at risk, but so is Lucy’s.

I am fascinated by the Elizabethan era, so I couldn’t wait to read The Queen’s Secret. The plot is gripping and there is never a dull moment. Of all of the characters I liked Lucy most, as a heroine she is brave, young and determined. The scenes at Kenilworth Castle are so vividly portrayed that it feels as if you are there with the characters, complete with all of the sights and sounds of the traveling Elizabethan court.

I am very excited to hear the Victoria Lamb is working on a new novel featuring Lucy Morgan.

I read this book as part of the Transworld Historical Fiction Challenge.

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