Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Lacey Chronicles #2: The Queen's Lady by Eve Edwards
Lady Jane has married an older man to keep her father from handing her off to someone who brings him financial fortune. She admires him and he's her best friend, but Jonas is dying and his sons want her money. To avoid being bullied by her father or the sons, she goes into service for the queen.
Delacorte Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me a digital copy of this story to read for review (thank you). It's being published on the 10th of this month, so watch for a copy at your local bookstore.
This is set in England in 1584 so the customs and culture of this time period offer your young reader a chance to learn about the lack of control a young woman had over her life. The romance is sweet and full of yearning, but their life situations have sent Jane and her beloved James in different directions.
As you follow James and Jane on their journey through a few months in this time period, it seems it takes longer than it does because everything moved so slowly then. A ship's voyage took months. Jane is a widow trying to avoid an arranged marriage by her father. And James has finally made up his mind and is coming home to marry her, if he can.
Take a trip down a historical lane with old-fashioned customs and controversy in good Ol' England. Any girl interested in historical novels or a sweet romance will enjoy reading this book.