MG / YA Book Review on Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley
Eliza Rose Camperdowne is young and headstrong, but she knows her duty well. As the only daughter of a noble family, she must one day marry a man who is very grand and very rich.
But Fate has other plans. When Eliza becomes a maid of honour, she’s drawn into the thrilling, treacherous court of Henry the Eighth . . .
Is her glamorous cousin Katherine Howard a friend or a rival?
And can a girl choose her own destiny in a world ruled by men?
My Thoughts after Reading
This young YA book is set in Henry VIII’s reign, during the time when he was married to Wife #3 and #4.
Our heroine is a wilful and arrogant child, betrothed to marriage on her twelfth birthday. Not long afterwards, she left home to receive formal training to be a lady in preparation for her duty destiny. An excellent pupil, she was recommended to serve the Queen Anne when she arrived from Germany. The author takes us through the palace politics and intrigues through her eyes.
The story moved at a good pace. I got a good insight into what life was like in the era. I also enjoyed learning more about Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard.
A good read. 3/5