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The Queen's Secret (Lucy Morgan Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Lamb
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Book Description

Desire and power collide in the court of Elizabeth I

Warwickshire, 1575

Pomp, fanfare and a wealth of lavish festivities await Elizabeth I at Kenilworth Castle. Organised by the Earl of Leicester, he knows this celebration is his last chance to persuade the Queen to marry him. But, a fickle man, he is unable to resist the seductive wiles of Lettice Knollys.

Enraged by the couple’s growing intimacy, Elizabeth employs a young black singer and court entertainer to keep a watch on them. Brought up by a spy, Lucy’s observational skills are sharper than anyone at the castle realises, and she soon uncovers far more than she bargained for: Someone at Kenilworth is plotting to kill the queen.

Can the knowledge Lucy is gaining prevent the death of the monarch? Or has it put Lucy in mortal danger instead?

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Book Description

A gripping historical novel set in Tudor England during the reign of Elizabeth I.

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July 1575

Elizabeth I, Queen of England, arrives at Kenilworth Castle amid pomp, fanfare and lavish festivities laid on by the Earl of Leicester.The hopeful earl knows this is his very last chance to persuade the queen to marry him.

But despite his attachment to the queen and his driving ambition to be her king, Leicester is unable to resist the seductive wiles of Lettice, wife of the Earl of Essex. And soon whispers of their relationship start spreading through the court.

Enraged by the adulterous lovers' growing intimacy, Elizabeth employs Lucy Morgan, a young black singer and court entertainer, to spy on the couple. But Lucy, who was raised by a spy in London, uncovers far more than she bargains for.

For someone at Kenilworth that summer is plotting to kill the queen. No longer able to tell friend from foe, it is soon not only the queen who is in mortal danger - but Lucy herself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1446438988
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VTPDB0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Victoria Lamb lives in a farmhouse on the wild fringes of Bodmin Moor with her husband, five kids, two cats and a crazed Irish Red Setter. She is addicted to social media, and on dark nights has been known to sneak out and howl at the moon. She also writes poetry as Jane Holland, and other fiction as Elizabeth Moss and Beth Good. Her mother was the late romantic novelist Charlotte Lamb.

The Lucy Morgan (Shakespeare's Mistress) trilogy is set at the Elizabethan court: historical fiction combined with a spy thriller. 1 - The Queen's Secret. 2 - His Dark Lady. 3 - Her Last Assassin.

The Tudor Witch Trilogy is a paranormal romance series: a young Tudor witch struggles to escape the clutches of the witchfinder. 1 - Witchstruck. 2 - Witchfall. 3 - Witchrise.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'I shall not be mastered by any man.' 14 Feb. 2012
A really entertaining historical novel with a gripping plot, 'The Queen's Secret' transports you back in time and puts you at the heart of the visit of Queen Elizabeth I to Kenilworth Castle in 1575. There is much pomp and ceremony as the Queen and her entourage arrives, with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, having spared no expense to lay on a host of festivities for her majesty's visit to his home. Robert is a trusted ally of the Queen: 'With his innate intelligence and quick grasp of any political situation, Robert...was the man she turned to first in a crisis. Or when she needed a little wit and light relief...Robert had always made her laugh when no one else could.' Further, she loves him, would like to marry him, and yet she has refused his offers of marriage, as she fears how much power he would want, and take, if he were on the throne:

'Clever, clever. She could not help but admire his daring, the sheer audacity of a man who would take every opportunity to push himself forward, however many times he was rebuked and rejected...Yet how to restrain a man like Robert once he was on the throne? His charming audacity could only grow, given power and influence on that scale, until her own power became diminished.'

Although Robert desires this position greatly, he nevertheless persists in his illicit adulterous assignations with Lettice, wife of the Earl of Essex, and also the Queen's cousin; passionate meetings which the Queen is all too aware of, and which will not remain a secret amongst the gossiping court for long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction 5 Aug. 2012
By rah
As a Transworld Reader I was given the opportunity to read this novel and am delighted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The story is set in a short space of time, the summer of 1575 at Kenilworth comes alive as you read the chapters. Vicoria Lamb is an excellent story teller who produces a good mix of fiction and fact which gives the reader an insight into the lives of the people living during those times. Lucy Morgan is a delightful young girl who wants to please people and finds herself in a triangle of secrets. She draws you through the intrigues within court life whilst also giving the point of view of someone not born within this circle. When I was young I hated history with a passion but find that I love historical novels and this one in particular because it is not purely about the rich and noble. There is humour, human frailty, greed, violence and love woven into this interesting and arresting story which I am happy to recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different take on a familiar subject 13 July 2012
The Tudor period is a historical period that's held a fascination for many people for a long time, me included. As such there have been many books written on it and films and even a TV show made about it. One of the most fascinating figures from this period is of course Elizabeth I of England. She's had her fair share of biographies, biopics and historical novels written about her, but people still love to discover more about her. But with the amount of works already devoted to Elizabeth and her reign, is it still possible to add something original to what's already out there? It's probably very difficult, but Victoria Lamb definitely gives it a good shot. And I'd dare to say that her look at the Elizabethan court and the love triangle between Elizabeth, Leicester and Lettice Knollys from the perspective of Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady', Lucy Morgan is pretty unique.

The Queen's Secret's story consists of two strands of conspiracy which are connected to each other by Lucy and Elizabeth, but beyond that are largely unconnected; the first being the affair between Elizabeth's favourite the Earl of Leicester and her cousin Lettice Knollys and the second one being the Italian assassination plot. While they are distinct and each divided over an equal number of viewpoints, I found them to be a little confusing at times, not in keeping them apart or figuring them out, but in switching between them. The pace between the two strands is quite different, the assassination plot is of necessity far more time-frame sensitive than Leicester and Lettice, as to fail to solve the former will result in the death of the queen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to be there alongside the characters 16 Feb. 2012
By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I have spent a couple of days journeying through the summer of 1575. The majority of the story is set at Kenilworth Castle and I just loved the descriptions of the different parts of the castle. The author creates this world in such a way that it's easy to be there alongside the characters. When Lettice looks out of the apartment window to see the time on the clock - I looked out with her and remembered Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, had stopped it so that the Queen's time there was symbolic of living outside of time itself.

The entertainment that the Earl of Leicester lays on from the very beginning has a purpose behind it - symbols of his desire to marry Elizabeth. These are all so very cleverly crafted and all relevant to the time in which they're set. He is so devious I was never quite sure where his heart truly lay although of course the ultimate prize would be to rule beside Elizabeth, which may not have anything to do with love at all! I did feel extremely sorry for Lettice. At one point it is so clear how frustrating it was at that time in history to have your own home and children but having to please the Queen and her whims instead of living your life.

Elizabeth herself was a character I believed in. As a reader I could feel her wavering thoughts about whether she should accept the Earl's proposal or not - being swayed by her feelings one moment and then at other times total refusal when her thoughts turned to how safe her crown would be. The perceptions of herself as having to be careful not to be seen as having the same predisposition as her father is also a part of her character. It is easy to identify with her as a woman as well as a ruler.

Lucy Morgan is a brilliant character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The book centres around Queen Elizabths visit to Kenilworth Castle ...
The book centres around Queen Elizabths visit to Kenilworth Castle in 1575. I thought tne book was ok but not outstanding.
Published 2 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 3 months ago by Duncan Dewar-Whalley
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing page turner
I loved this book. I've always been fascinated with Elizabeth I, and this is a gripping and human tale of her much talked about relationship with the Earl of Leicester. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Martha
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice period piece
I visited the ruins of Kenilworth a few years ago and heard the tale of Elizabeth I's nineteen day stay. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Laura Purcell
5.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden romance and assassination plots afoot in the Tudor court
Victoria Lamb has tackled a period of history with very little factual detail, Queen Elizabeth I's visit to Kenilworth Castle in the Summer of 1575, and produced The Queen's... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it ..
This Elizabethan historical mystery is set in 1585 when Queen Elizabeth I visits Kenilworth, home of her favourite, Robert Dudley. Read more
Published on 18 Dec. 2012 by jaffareadstoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion, Intrigue and History.
The Queen's Secret is a novel of intrigue, passion and history, all of them brought thrillingly to the page. Read more
Published on 25 Nov. 2012 by Paul Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read
A very good addition to the historical fiction genre.

Ms Lamb allows us to step into the world she has created with wonderfully descriptive phrases, well rounded... Read more
Published on 16 Sept. 2012 by Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars The Queen's Secret
I read this book as part of the Transworld Historical Fiction reading challenge. It's not something I would normally read, however, I do admit to being converted - so thank... Read more
Published on 15 Sept. 2012 by Helen126
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen's Secret
I struggled to put this book down, in my opinion it was brilliant. Yes, the chapters may be short but they change for each character's perspective and all of those nicely come... Read more
Published on 11 Sept. 2012 by Emma
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