She could not pry the truth about her brother from her heart. It had taken refuge there like a criminal claiming the sanctuary of a church. If only she knew which was worse, truth or lies! Which duty bound her the most-family or country.
I love historical fiction rich in the tension of the time. With the power struggle of the Catholic Church with the monarchy and the rise of the Protestant Church, the passion of that time comes out in Kate Thornleigh’s family. With different allegiances, there is bound to be tension in any family. Her father’s allegiance to Queen Elizabeth has set the stage for this family turmoil. Kate’s mother a traitor to Queen Elizabeth is in exile with her younger brother Robert, his allegiance to Elizabeth’s cousin Mary whose allegiance is to the Catholic church and in those times was more like a mob than a place of worship. (I will not digress.) Kate is now married to Owen, an actor that is now in the service of Queen Elizabeth as a double agent along with Kate. Their real allegiances are unknown to everyone. When Kate’s long lost brother comes back from exile, where does his allegiance lie and why has he come back?
So much tension but very informative. You heart aches as families are torn apart and loyalties are broken.
A Special Thank You to Kensington Books and Netgalley for ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.