Her beauty was a blessing…and a dangerous burden…
As a Maid of Honour at the Court of King Henry VIII, beautiful Alice Petherton receives her share of admirers. But when the powerful, philandering Sir Richard Rich attempts to seduce her, she knows she cannot thwart his advances for long. She turns to the most powerful man in England for protection: the King himself.
As beautiful as she is intelligent, Alice easily captures the King’s interest. He takes her to bed on the day of his son Edward’s birth. But the King is capricious, and he casts out Alice when Queen Jane dies. Although Alice knows well the risk of becoming the King’s wife, it isn’t long before she charms her way back into Court and the King’s heart. The challenge is remaining his favourite while avoiding the dangers of becoming his next bride.
Revelling in her newfound power, Alice soon forgets that enemies lurk behind every corner at court…and there are some who are eagerly plotting her fall…
In my late teens and early twenties I was madly in love with the Tudor era and read a lot of historical fiction set in that time period. However it’s been quite a while since I ventured back there and I thought A Love Most Dangerous was a good reintroduction.
Taking the perspective of a young Maid of Honour to Henry’s third queen, Jane Seymour, and told mostly in the first person, this is a look at the life of a girl who rose up to be the king’s favourite, and all that entailed.
I’m not going to pick apart the history – in truth I need a little refresher course in the finer details – but I was entertained from start to finish. I thought the author made a good choice with the dialogue. It was modern but it worked, especially so as many of the characters were really pretty young.
I liked that he chose to portray a young woman who made the best choices she could for herself to get ahead in life. She wasn’t wildly in love with the king, but she was smart enough to understand how to survive his intense interest in her.
I also thought the author did a really good job of capturing the mindset of a young woman.
I’ve been reading mostly nineteenth century settings in my historical reads recently, and this was a really nice change.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.