This novel focuses on the life of Catherine, the Princess of Spain, who would eventually become Katherine, Queen of England - Henry VIII's first wife. I was immediately grateful to find that the novel treats Katherine so gently. On The Tudors, she is overlooked. Her storyline is under developed and she is portrayed as a religious devotee to a fault.
Katherine's resolve and dedication is almost palpable. While the story is based on heavy historical speculation, it is entertaining and engaging. I found myself getting irritated or feeling heartbroken on her behalf.
Perhaps most rewarding from reading this peace was how pleased I was with Gregory's writing. She made historical fiction fun and quick - delivering essential details swiftly and full of color. I immediately picked up The Other Boleyn Girl once I completed this book. Can't wait to see how she carries the readers into Henry VIII's infamous relationship with Anne Boleyn.
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