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Sisters of Treason

By Elizabeth Fremantle

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Hello again to all my friends out there. I hope that you are all having a great summer!!! Today’s book is a treat from NetGalley. I received this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book is to be released by Simon and Schuster on July 8, 2014. It is 448 pages, but they went fast. This is  Fremantle’s second novel. Her first was Queen’s Gambit. It was on my to read list, but I never go to it I guess.

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Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness—and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen’s sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for (NetGalley).

I found this to be another great Tudor novel!! There was love, scandal and a little sex. While I am familiar with the story of the Grey sisters, I liked the addition of Levina the artist. I also enjoyed that the story was told from the viewpoints of the sisters. I felt like I was taking part in the story not just reading it. That is a difficult task for a writer to accomplish. That gives you an idea of this writer’s talent. It was well written, easy to read and understand and I breezed through it. A good look at day-to-day life of the Grey sisters as they are caught up in the life of the court, sex, scandal, religion and opulence. We get a taste of it all. I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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