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Book Review: Mistress to the Crown

Despite all efforts to free herself from a miserable marriage, 25-year-old Elizabeth still finds herself aching for a life of love and passion.
Book Review: Mistress to the Crown
Book Review: Mistress to the Crown

Despite all efforts to free herself from a miserable marriage to the dull and feeble William Shore, 25-year-old Elizabeth still finds herself aching for a life of love and passion.

But it’s the 15th century and, without legal counsel, she has no hope of escape.

At 14, Elizabeth learned the hard way that everything comes at a price – and for a medieval girl, that often means giving up her body. With this seared in her memory, she sees a chance to escape when she encounters the captivating Lord Hastings.

Serving as Lord Chamberlain to King Edward IV, he is wealthy, connected and could well be the man to secure her freedom.

It’s a calculated risk and will ensure her reputation is tarnished forever. Lord Hastings is enthralled with the young beauty, but their dalliance takes an unexpected turn when the King decides he wants Elizabeth for himself.

At his side and free from her husband, she shines in the limelight. But it isn’t long before Elizabeth realises the price she must pay for her liberty. Fans of Philippa Gregory will love this fast-paced historical novel about women, power and passion.

Told from Elizabeth’s point of view, the story reveals her as a likeable, strong and feisty woman. A definite must-read.

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