The King’s favor was her sanctuary—until his desire turned dangerous.
Alice Petherton is well practiced at using her beauty and wits to survive in the Court of King Henry VIII. As the King’s favorite, she enjoys his protection, but after seeing the downfall of three of his wives, she’s determined to avoid the same fate. Alice must walk a fine line between mistress and wife.
She finds a powerful protector in Thomas Cromwell, and Alice has every reason to believe that she will continue to enjoy a life of wealth and comfort at Court…until she puts everything at risk by falling in love with a Frenchman, Nicholas Bourbon.
When Cromwell is executed, Alice loses her only ally and flees to France. There she hopes to live in peace with Nicholas. But Alice is lured into a perilous game of treason, and peace doesn’t last long. Will Alice get back the life and love she’s fought for? Or will she lose herself to the whims of a capricious monarch?
Very Like a Queen by Martin Lake is a well researched and written historical fiction novel. I enjoyed reading about court life through Alice's eyes rather than from the usual perspective of King Henry the VIII's many wives. This new perspective was quite refreshing.
Alice ended up being my favorite character. From the very first chapter I was captivated by the story in all it's romance, mystery, suspense and subterfuge which one needed to engage in to hopefully survive both the King and life at court.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Very Like a Queen by Martin Lake!
Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.