My baptismal name may be Giovanna but here in my mother’s adopted country I have become plain Joan; I am not pink-cheeked and golden-haired like the beauties they admire. I have olive skin and dark features – black brows over ebony eyes and hair the colour of a raven’s wing…
When Joan Vaux is sent to live in the shadow of the Tower of London, she must learn to navigate the treacherous waters of this new England under the Tudors. Like the ravens, Joan must use her eyes and her senses, if Henry and his new dynasty are to prosper and thrive …
I love this author so when I saw that she had a new release coming out I was so excited – I loved her last book and had been eagerly awaiting this one, and I was not disappointed, it was a brilliant story – and I LOVE that cover too!!
Anyone who follows my reviews will know that I am a massive fan of the historical fiction genre so this book was always going to be a hit with me, I love this period in history and Joanna has really brought her characters to life again.
The book had a gorgeous flow to it and it was a genuine delight for me to read. It is 4.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon – I thought it was an excellent story, well developed and it is another fabulous story from this author!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joanna Hickson spent twenty-five years presenting and producing News and Arts programmes for the BBC. Her first published book was a children’s historical novel Rebellion at Orford Castle but more recently she has turned to adult fiction, concentrating on bringing fifteenth century English history and some of its fascinating principal characters to life. She is married with a large family and gets inspiration from her Wiltshire farmhouse home, which dates back to her chosen period.