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Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Virgin Queen's Daughter By Ella March Chase

I purchased this book when it first was released last year I do not know why it took me so long to take it off the shelf to explore the world of Nell De Lacey.

Tucked away in the country estate of her beloved father, Lord Calverley, young Nell de Lacey feeds her hungry mind with philosophy, language, and studies of science. Her mother, once a devoted lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, would rather her daughter stop dabbling in the grand affairs of men and instead prepare for her eventual duties as a wife. She knows all too well what menace lurks in royal courts.But Nell’s heart yearns for something more, and a chance meeting with Princess Elizabeth, then a prisoner of the Tower of London, pushes her closer toward finding it. Now, years later, Nell’s chance arrives when she is summoned to serve as a lady-in-waiting to the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth. Nell is entranced by the splendor and pageantry of royal life, unaware of the danger and deception that swirls around the monarch and her courtiers. But a lingering rumor about nine unaccounted for months in the Virgin Queen’s past reignites when the flame-haired Nell—a mirror image of Her Majesty both physically and intellectually—arrives at court. Quickly she catches the eye not only of the cunning Elizabeth, but of those who would see the queen fail. With strong evidence to connect Elizabeth to her newest maid of honor and the politics of England in turmoil, the truth could send Nell and those she loves to the Tower to join in the wretched fates of those who’ve gone before her.
My Thoughts: I found this book a pleasure to read Nell is a fiesty but mature character who is loyal to her Queen .She loves to read and interested in science and stumbles upon the mystery of her birth by accident. I was really thankful for the way the story ended that the author took great pains to round the ending out to where when you finshed the book you were still left with feeling that there was a posibilty that Elizabeth could have had a daughter.
Rating: A