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Summary

Already a great historian, Tracey Borman proves with this thrilling debut novel that she is also a born storyteller. 

As she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth, Frances Gorges longs for the fields and ancient woods of her parents' Hampshire estate, where she has learned to use the flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. 

Frances is happy to stay in her beloved countryside when the new King arrives from Scotland, bringing change, fear and suspicion. His court may be shockingly decadent, but James' religion is Puritan, intolerant of all the old ways: he has already put to death many men for treason and women for witchcraft. 

So when her ambitious uncle forcibly brings Frances to court, she is trapped in a claustrophobic world of intrigue and betrayal - and a ready target for the twisted scheming of Lord Cecil, the King's first minister. 

Surrounded by mortal dangers, Frances finds happiness only with the precocious young Princess Elizabeth, and Tom Wintour, the one courtier she can trust. 

Or can she? 

©2018 Tracy Borman (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Disappointing

Although I have great respect for Tracy Borman as a historian, her skills as a novelist have a long way to go. The pace and style are pedestrian, and I struggled to listen to the end. There are many authentic historical facts woven into the story, as one would expect, but aspects of the plot stretch credulity. I felt she couldn't make up her mind whether the main character was heroine, victim, or villainess.

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A bit disappointing

I really wanted to like this but it was too Mills and Boone, too stodgy, full of silly coincidences. I really hope the next two parts of the trilogy are more exciting and less stodgy.

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I Could Not Put it Down

After a bit of a slow start I could not leave this book alone. Well wriitten. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it was so well narraated that I felt I was with there, with Frances, experiencing what was happening to her. For a first novel this was excellent and I cannot wait for her next novel.

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Awful Scottish accent

This is a good storry, but the narration is lacking , I've never heard such a dreadful Scots accent, and the "male voices " are poor which detracts from the tale

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A slow start, but what a finish!

I almost gave up on this book.
Slow to get off the mark, but soon found its rhythm
So glad I persevered, it was an excellent listen

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Ok but not brilliant

Many parts of this novel didn’t ring true to me, but as the author is a historian perhaps the story was more accurate than it appeared to me...

The general feel of the narrative seemed a bit lightweight; I’m not convinced that a historian can make the jump into historical fiction very successfully.

Another huge annoyance was the narrator: her attempt to deal with mail voices was cringe inducing!!!

Overall, ok but not brilliant.

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The Narrator

I almost gave up at the outset really struggled with the narrators accents especially the kings and others really ruined it for me. Not at all sure I’d go onto the next books

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The kings witch

A really good book, how evil the king and followers were, ,can't wait to read the next book and find out what becomes of Francis

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Amazing

One of the best books I've listened too so far . Love this period of history and this book was full of twists and turns sadness and tension so real i cried! Just started on the next book. The narrator made it so wonderful to listen too! Just superb all round .

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Long winded and disappointing.

I have the greatest respect for Tracey Borman and her book the private life of the tudors is my all time favourite.
However I found this book to be very long winded and quite laborious to listen too.
Over descriptive in places.

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