The Secret Keeper
By Sandra Byrd
About the book:
The author of To Die For returns to the court of Henry VIII as a young woman is caught between love and honor. Juliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight. Though her family wants her to marry the son of her father's business partner, circumstances set her on a course toward the court of Henry VIII and his last wife, Kateryn Parr.
Sir Thomas Seymour, uncle of the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his concerns with Juliana's father's estate and sees instantly that Juliana would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in Parr's household for "finishing" and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly.
For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king's daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.
As Juliana learns the secrets of King Henry VIII's court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will undo everything she holds dear.
The Secret Keeper" is the second book in Sandra Byrd's Ladies in Waiting series (read about TO Die For)
The book follows the same format as To Die For and is equally filled with deep and luxurious descriptions whisking you away to 1540s England.
We follow Juliana St. John as she waits on Lady Katelyn Parr. Juliana is incredibly loyal to Kate through everything and we see a wonderful and strong display of friendship throughout the entire book. Something that makes "The Secret Keeper" unique is that it is from the persepcitve of a friend instead of the main character herself.
Ayone who likes historical fiction will love this book as well any wanting to learn about a new era.
*I received this book free for review from the publisher*
Rating: 4 carats
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