ABOUT THE BOOK
In the Tudor age, ambition, power and charismatic allure are essential and Catherine Howard has plenty of all three. Not to mention her loyal best friend, Kitty Tylney, to help cover her tracks. Kitty, the abandoned youngest daughter of minor aristocracy, owes everything to Cat—where she is, what she is, even who she is. Friend, flirt, and self-proclaimed Queen of Misrule, Cat reigns supreme in a loyal court of girls under the none-too-watchful eye of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.
When Cat worms her way into the heart of Henry VIII and becomes Queen of England, Kitty is thrown into the intoxicating Tudor Court. It's a world of glittering jewels and elegant costumes, of gossip and deception. As the Queen's right-hand-woman, Kitty goes from the girl nobody noticed to being caught between two men—the object of her affection and the object of her desire.
But the atmosphere of the court turns from dazzling to deadly, and Kitty is forced to learn the difference between trust and loyalty, love and lust, secrets and treason. And to accept the consequences when some lessons are learned too late.
"A substantive, sobering historical read, with just a few heaving bodices."
"...royally riveting for the reader."
"This is an enjoyable novel to recommend to girls interested in history, love, and betrayal."
GET TO KNOW KATHERINE LONGSHORE
MAUREEN: What’s the first book you remember reading?
KATHERINE: The Cat in the Hat. I was six, and had decided at an early age that I would never learn to read because my older sister became boring when she discovered books and stopped playing with me. Under duress, I brought Dr. Seuss home from the library and read it in one sitting, refusing to play until I finished.
MAUREEN: What really scares you?
MAUREEN: Where in the world would you most like to visit?
KATHERINE: Today, I'd like to go to Fiji, because the thought of a good book on a white sand beach sounds like heaven.
MAUREEN: What sound or noise do you love?
KATHERINE: Water. Waves on the beach, the rush of a river, the lap of a lake on the side of a canoe, the trickle of a fountain…
MAUREEN: Vanilla or chocolate?
KATHERINE: Chocolate. The darker the better.
MAUREEN: What was your first boyfriend’s name? Would you want to meet him again?
KATHERINE: Ha, ha. Not saying. And no.
MAUREEN: Vampires or werewolves?
KATHERINE: After reading THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova, vampires are more scary. But I think I'd rather be a werewolf.
MAUREEN: Did you belong to a clique in high school? Which one of the standard high school stereotypes did you best fit in to?
KATHERINE: Theater Geek. But also a Brain.
MAUREEN: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
KATHERINE: Cappuccino. Traditional-style in a small cup, with a single thick shot of espresso and plenty of foam.
MAUREEN: What does it mean to love someone?
KATHERINE: It means accepting faults, sharing dreams, maintaining independence but also joint responsibility for the relationship. It means being there when you're needed, and knowing when to ask for help. It means your heart soars just knowing this person exists in the world and believing wholeheartedly in the luck or fate that brought you together.
MAUREEN: Which era would you most like to have lived in and why? Least?
KATHERINE: I've always been fascinated by the 1920s. The fashions, the music, the budding newfound freedom for women - having earned the right to vote, and the ability to discard the corset. It was the time between the wars, when people had hope.
However, for decades directly preceding and following 20s would have been terrible. The horror and tragedy of the first world war, the desperation of the Depression, and the fear leading up to World War II. Of course, history is full of tragedy and desperation, and people will look back on our own era, and wonder how we lived through it.
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