Escorting 'nine days queen' Lady Jane Grey across the Tower of London from throne room into imprisonment is Elizabeth Tilney, who surprised even herself by volunteering for the job. All Elizabeth knows is she's keen to be away from home, she could do with some breathing space. And anyway, it won't be for long: everyone knows Jane will go free as soon as the victorious new queen is crowned. Which is a good thing because the two sixteen-year-olds, cooped up together in a room in the Gentleman Gaoler's house, couldn't be less compatible. Protestant Jane is an icily self-composed idealist, and catholic Elizabeth is... well, anything but.
They are united though by their disdain for the seventeen-year-old to whom Jane has recently been married off: petulant, noisily-aggrieved Guildford Dudley, held prisoner in a neighbouring tower and keen to pursue his perogative of a daily walk with his wife.
As Jane's captivity extends into the increasingly turbulent last months of 1553, the two girls learn to live with each other, but Elizabeth finds herself drawn into the difficult relationship between the newlyweds. And when, at the turn of the year, events take an unexpected and dangerous direction, her newfound loyalties are put to the test.
I give it - 4/5
My review - I don't really read that much historical fiction but when I heard about this book I new I had to read it...and begged for a review copy.
This book has got me wanting to read more historical fiction as I thoroughly enjoyed it a lot!
I was gripped from the very first page where we meet Elizabeth who has volunteered to basically stay with Lady Jane who was only queen for a very short time. I liked reading about these two. As they are very different characters but in some ways have a lot in common. They are both very young and not knowing what is going to happen at the end and I just thought they where two very interesting characters that I enjoyed reading about.
I really liked Suzannah's style of writing as that was what gripped me to the story. She has this approach to writing this kind of genre that made me feel like I was there, right next to Elizabeth in these events. It made the story more alive and vivid.
Also how beautiful is the cover?! I got the ARC copy which is also beautiful but I will be picking up the finished copy as soon as I can.
So all in all this was very enjoyable read. As I said I don't read that much historical fiction so I was really happy that I got sent this as it was such a brilliant read and I loved Suzannahs writing. I know I have to buy more of her books as I have heard really great things about them.
Thank you to Poppy at Little Brown for sending me a review copy!