Bess has the voice of an angel, or so Henry VIII declares when he buys her from her father as a member of the music, the Royal company of minstrels, best grows up with in the decadent Tudor Court navigating the ever-changing tide of royals and courtiers. Friends come and go as cracked voices, politics, heartbreak, and death loom over even the lowliest of musicians. Tom, her first and dearest friend is her only constant but as Bess becomes too comfortable at court, she may find that constancy has its limits.
I loved this book, it was a great story set in the Tudor period!
I am a massive fan of historical fiction and have a real passion for books set in this period so I was really excited to read this one!
I thought that the characters were well developed and Bess really pulled on my heart-strings right from the outset. The author did a great job bringing her to life for me, the story is very well told and quite emotional too in places but I found it to be an easy read and very enjoyable.
The setting of the book was lovely and I really liked how the author brought the period to life. The book showed a different side to the court and it was great for that, there are a lot of books set in this period as it is so popular so for me this one stood out from the other books available.
It is 4.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon – I thoroughly enjoyed it – very highly recommended!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen Heenan was born and raised in Philadelphia. She fell in love with books and stories before she learned to read, and has wanted to write for nearly as long. After far too many years in a cubicle, she set herself free to follow her dreams – which include gardening, sewing, traveling and, of course, lots of writing.
She lives in Lansdowne, PA, not far from Philadelphia, with two cats and a very patient husband.
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