I said in a review of another novel that there was a good book to be written about the Greys - and that one wasn't it. This one, on the other hand, was so much better. I'm somewhat fed up of the Tudors constantly being written about, so it was nice to find something about one of the more minor characters. Jane has always come across to me as an unappealing personality - although the treatment meted out to her obviously had a part to play in that. But I also think she was horribly used by men in power and perhaps didn't grasp what was happening. I think that is put across really well in this book. And her two sisters are intriguing characters and very rarely allowed to be a part of the story, so all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this look at history from a long-neglected angle.
This isn't a bad novel but it is obvious fiction. It's still a good enough read though. It's an easy enough read but not quiet for history buffs. If your willing to read it for what it is, historical FICTION, then it has enough to keep you reading to the end. I have read better though. I would like to think that the reader who is unfamiliar with this period in history might enjoy it enough to research the actual events of the time.
It took a while for this book to hold my interest but by carrying on I found it was interesting to read about other members of the Tudors. Also I recently visited Ingatestone Hall which was mentioned in the book.
I would recommend this book to my friends who are interested in historical novels.
I have enjoyed Phillipa Gregory's books and looked for similar authors. I don;t think this is up to that standard but it is interesting as I knew little about Jane and her family. American spelling is rather irritating, and the switch between narrators is confusing if reading is interrupted
I really enjoyed this book, far more than the short life of Jane Grey the tale of the three Grey sisters before and after Jane's Short time on the throne is well told and full of suspense. For a fan of Philips Gregory this is an excellent read.