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on 18 December 2011
I must admit at first I was unsure whether to get this book or not as sometimes these 'what if.....?' books are simply awful. I am happy though that I got this one in the end as it is a great read. The title of this book tells you exactly what to expect. Apparently the author got the inspiration from a piece of research where a midwife claimed that she had delivered Elizabeth's child. There are still rumours abounding about whether Elizabeth was a virgin and whether she did have a child, especially due to all the gossip there was about Thomas Seymour, Katherine Parr's last husband frolicking with the young princess.
Supposing Elizabeth did have a child at a young age, such a child would have been killed if it survived the birth - but if it managed to live? Elinor de Lacey, or Nell as most call her, is very different from her parents and has flaming red hair. When she works at court she not only has to deal with the intrigues that go on around her, but also has to contend with what she finds out about herself. Could Nell be the Queen's illegitimate daughter? In a world where you can be a Queen's favourite one day, and in the Tower the next, Nell finds that wheels turn within wheels, as her very life could be in danger. You also don't want Walsingham paying attention to you.
Full of intrigue, some romance and seamlessly blending fact with fiction this book is slow to start but gradually pulls you in and holds you throughout. This is well worth reading if you like historical novels, or if you just like something that is full of intrigue.