The Secret Keeper By Sandra Byrd

Cover of The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd. The Secret Keeper : A Novel of Kateryn Parr by Sandra Byrd is even better than the first book in the Ladies In Waiting series.

This one is about a lady who served King Henrys last wife. The wife who survived him. His widow.

The first book was about a lady who served Anne Boleyn and the last book is about a lady who served Queen Elizabeth.

All of the books tell really good stories. One of the best things about them is that they are told from the point of view of the ladies who served the Queens. There are already lots of stories out there about the Queens…these are more interesting because you can see that the people around those in power actually have lives of their own.

A lot of books about famous or powerful people seem to assume that the people around the famous person are not the least bit interesting in themselves…these books pretty much prove that isn’t true.

This book is about a lady in waiting who is a young girl with the gift of prophesy.  Which was a dangerous thing to have.  Of course being young and pretty was a danger itself. She was attacked by a man who was supposed to be a “gentleman”.  There are lots of those in this world so that is very realistic.

This book has some great characters and it was a really good read.

About the book:

What she sees in secret, she may not tell.
Mistress Juliana St. John is the lovely, forthright daughter of a prosperous knight’s family. Though all expect her to marry the son of her late father’s business partner, time and chance interrupt, sending her to the sumptuous but deceptive court of Henry VIII.
Sir Thomas Seymour, brother of the late Queen Jane, returns to Wiltshire to conclude his affairs with Juliana’s father’s estate and chances upon her reading as lector in the local church. He sees instantly that she would fit into the household of the woman he loves and wants most to please, Kateryn Parr. Juliana’s mother agrees to have her placed with Parr for a season and Juliana goes, though reluctantly.
For she keeps a secret.
As Juliana accompanies Kateryn Parr to court, Henry’s devout sixth queen raises the stakes for all reformers. Support of firebrand Anne Askew puts the queen and her ladies in life-threatening jeopardy, as does the queen’s desire to influence her husband’s—and the realm’s—direction and beliefs. Later, without Henry’s strong arm, the court devolves to competition, duplicity, and betrayal. The risks could not be higher as Juliana must choose between love and honor, personal fulfillment and sacrifice. Ultimately, her course is driven by a final kept secret, one that undoes everything she thought she knew.

Promo picture of Author Sandra Byrd.

andra Byrd has published more than three dozen books in the fiction and nonfiction markets, including the first two books in her Tudor series, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn and The secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr. For more than a decade Sandra has shared her secrets with the many new writers she edits, mentors, and coaches. She lives in the Seattle, Washington, area with her husband and two children.

Sandra can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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