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It has been months since Lady Jane Perceval nee Rievaulx last saw James Lacey, and much has changed in that time Lady Jane refused to marry James s brother, Will now the Earl of Dorset , knowing that his heart belonged to young Ellie Hutton The couple have since welcomed an heir to Lacey House James and his faithful blackamoor servant, Diego, have campaigned for Elizabeth s army overseas and the young Master has returned home world weary and haunted by all he has seen And Lady Jane has be It has been months since Lady Jane Perceval nee Rievaulx last saw James Lacey, and much has changed in that time Lady Jane refused to marry James s brother, Will now the Earl of Dorset , knowing that his heart belonged to young Ellie Hutton The couple have since welcomed an heir to Lacey House James and his faithful blackamoor servant, Diego, have campaigned for Elizabeth s army overseas and the young Master has returned home world weary and haunted by all he has seen And Lady Jane has been widowed, with the passing of her dear friend and husband in faith if not consummation to stroke Jane now finds herself at the mercy of her late husband s money hungry sons, and so seeks refuge in Elizabeth s court as one of her ladies in waiting.But one thing has remained steadfast all this time Jane is still in love with James And now an overseas campaign with the Queen s favourite, Walter Raleigh, sees James Lacey attend court at the Richmond Palace It is here that he will once again come face to face with the only woman he has ever wanted, but could never have First because she was betrothed to his brother and now because he is not fit company for her gentle self The Queen s Lady is the second book in Eve Edward s majestic young adult series, Tudor Historical Romance I adored Edward s first book in this series, The Other Countess , and I eagerly anticipated the second book in her compelling new seriesIt must be said that the historic setting is spectacular When the YA scene is currently crowded with novels of dystopia, vampires and angels, Eve Edwards has stepped outside the trends and written an historic series that is invigoratingly original England during the reign of The Virgin Queen is an inspired timeline There are still tensions between Catholics and Protestants England is under conquering threat from the Spanish Armada and expanding her territories to the New World in retaliation This time period is so fascinating, evenso for it being relatively untouched by the YA genre Eve Edwards leaves no stone unturned in this series She explores every historic crevice from the grand, to the mundane James Lacey sets off to the New World to engage with the natives and help Walter Raleigh scout for new colonies Lacey s manservant, the African blackamoor Diego, journeys with him to the New World and it s fascinating to read the juxtaposing thoughts of the slave and his master as they set their eyes on the rich lands of AmericaThis is a slice of heaven, remarked James, spitting a pip into the sea.Diego winced as another salvo echoed in the trees Until we arrived Back in England, Lady Jane is in Elizabeth s court and must manoeuvre herself through various royal politics and practicalities But many challenges are thrown before Jane like her late husband s sons threatening her in the corridors, and unwanted amorous attentions from the Queen s favourite, Walter Raleigh Jane bit her lip to stop her laughter It was you, sir, who chose to accost me, not the other way round You have a jealous mistress He harrumphed, seeing the humour in the situation True You are no longer the naive girl I knew in Yorkshire, are you, Lady Rievaulx Indeed, no And you, sir, for all your faults, have always been discerning He laughed at that Excellently done, i faith, a compliment with an insult Welcome to court, my ladyThe Tudor Historical Romance series is firmly imbedded in history, but it is never a history lesson Eve Edwards never writes a dry fact, and she imbues this old world with spicy love stories and powerful characters Clearly Edwards is a history buff, but her characters are never lost amidst the grandiose timeline Instead, Edwards places her characters at the forefront and interprets great expanses of history and conflict through their eyes, so you occasionally get concise little observations like this one With the Protestant Dutch hard pressed in the Low Countries, the Spanish in possession of Dunkirk and Nieupoort, a bridgehead to England should they wish to invade, it seemed to James that God had turned Catholic and was intent on bringing Elizabeth s nation to its knees.I love the historic setting of The Queen s Lady But I found myselfinvested in the characters of first book The Other Countess I don t think we got enough of Jane s voice in this book In Countess Ellie was a prominent and forceful narrator She was a woman apart in her times an alchemist s daughter with a sharp mind and sweet soul, at odds with her role as dutiful daughter and searching bride In Lady , Jane is overshadowed and often hushed bycompelling secondary characters who share the narrating spotlight, and in particular a secondary romance that plays alongside Jane and James s Milly Porter is Jane s childhood friend and independent businesswoman who runs her own seamstress business James s manservant, Diego, used to serve the Porter household before Milly s father came into traitorous disgrace When Diego and Milly reunite, there is instant chemistry and protestations of childhood love I adored this storyline not only for the forbidden romance between a young British seamstress and a foreigner blackamoor, but because Milly and Diego were such warm characters with a complicated past between them.Then there is Christopher Turner, local playwright and actor who is friends with Milly, and also happens to be the illegitimate half brother to the Lacey boys Christopher Kit Turner is dramatic and passionate a character close to Shakespeare who I am delighted has his own book in this series, coming out July this year.All of these wonderful, second fiddle characters enriched the story, but blunted Jane s character I don t think Jane got enough fleshing out or inner monologues I think that her life was rife with story a widowed woman only eighteen navigating her way through the Queen s court and trying to avoid her father s new wedding prospects for her There is a lot of story here, but other characters gotpage time and ofteninteresting plots to play out Further, I didn t feel the same spark between James and Jane that I did between Will and Ellie I don t think it is helped by the fact that James and Jane first met and fell in love in The Other Countess , and Edwards relies a lot of their current attraction on past encounters from that book Further hindering the spark of this romance is James s travels to the New World However, I loved this book I d love any YA book that allows a young man to say En gardeand mean it with deadly intent Eve Edwards has captured a period in time and brought it to exuberant life She has spiced the Elizabethan era with love triangles and unrequited lust as she writes about young people living in extraordinary times Codpieces, swordfights and Armada s oh my Last year I read and thoroughly enjoyed Eve Edward s debut novel, The Other Countess Review here and wasthan a little excited to see a sequel planned Having finally just finished I can say that excitement wasn t in vain Reading The Queen s Lady was like slipping into a comfy and familiar pair of slippers and once again Eve Edward s evocative writing whisked me away into the world of Queen Elizabeth I s court and Tudor England The Queen s Lady focuses on the story of Lady Jane Rievaulx Last year I read and thoroughly enjoyed Eve Edward s debut novel, The Other Countess Review here and wasthan a little excited to see a sequel planned Having finally just finished I can say that excitement wasn t in vain Reading The Queen s Lady was like slipping into a comfy and familiar pair of slippers and once again Eve Edward s evocative writing whisked me away into the world of Queen Elizabeth I s court and Tudor England The Queen s Lady focuses on the story of Lady Jane Rievaulx nee Perceval , a character who although only played a minor role in the previous book, I had very much enjoyed and hoped to hearabout We join her as the recently widowed Marchioness, still young at only eighteen, devastated by the death of her elderly husband, who through kindness and friendship had saved her from her own family, and now at the mercy of her greedy and wicked stepsons who want back what they believe rightfully theirs Taking refuge as a lady in waiting to the Queen, Jane is delighted when James Lacey returns to court and the feelings she once held for him are as strong as ever However James is dealing with the demons of war and feels unworthy of the beautiful Lady Jane In an effort to rid himself of the ghosts he carries and to save her from himself he embarks on a dangerous journey to the newly discovered America Only his absence puts Janeat risk as her family plans to marry her off once again for their own benefit I liked Lady Jane just as much this time round as I did the first She s a young girl used as a porn in the courts games and seen only as an asset by both her family and the noble men around her I felt so angry at her treatment at times and can t imagine what it would be like to have such pressures and expectations from society on you Everything she does is judged, and Jane is the unfortunate type of girl who attracts unwanted attention, gossip and rumour Yet under the cold exterior she has protected herself with, there is a warm, passionate, loyal and kind person underneath She knows what she believes to be right and wrong and isn t afraid to show it, which of course at times lands her further in trouble I loved the romance between Jane and James Lacey, who is evendroolworthy than his brother Will He is dark and brooding, tortured by what he has seen at war with Spain and doesn t believe himself worthy I adored how together they brought out the best in each other and cursed the awful and mercenary families who stepped in their way My favourite characters in the book however where Diego, James African man servant and Milly, seamstress and longtime friend of Lady Jane Through these two characters we truly see a passion to fight against adversity and overcome a world which has strict rules on rank, propriety and expectations, where crossing the line could cost you your life I also enjoyed the introduction to the theatrical Christopher Turner, the Lacey brother s illegitimate sibling and have a feeling his story will be very interesting indeed told in The Rogue Princess released in May 2011 Once again I found Edward s sumptuous historical detailing and descriptions beautiful The way she describes the rich and regal costumes of Elizabethan times brings them vividly to life, while the sights, smells and sounds of Tudor London are recreated vividly I particularly enjoy her charming and easy writing style As with The Other Countess, this book isn t action packed although there are one or two sword fights to get your heart pounding it sa book to savour and immerse yourself with, perfect for a lazy afternoon when you don t have to rush Eve Edward s series of books have become a firm favourite of mine and I eagerly look forward to the next Recommended to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, romance, has an interest in the period or just wants a beautiful and charming story to curl up with The Queen s Lady follows on from the authors previous book, The Other Countess, but while that one followed William Lacey and his now wife, Ellie, this is the story of his younger brother James and Ellie s good friend, Jane Set a year or so after the previous installment, Will and and Ellie are still around as secondary characters, as are others that played a part in the first book The emphasis is predominantly on James and Jane though, with a side story involving James manservant Diego and J The Queen s Lady follows on from the authors previous book, The Other Countess, but while that one followed William Lacey and his now wife, Ellie, this is the story of his younger brother James and Ellie s good friend, Jane Set a year or so after the previous installment, Will and and Ellie are still around as secondary characters, as are others that played a part in the first book The emphasis is predominantly on James and Jane though, with a side story involving James manservant Diego and Jane s fallen from grace friend, Milly There s also a smattering of setting up for the next book with the introduction of the Lacey s half brother, Kit.I liked that the book followed on from the first so we get to see what s happened to Will and Ellie,whilst at the same time it takes on a fresh new feeling with the different characters being dominant It was good to get to know Jane and James indetail I found myself liking Jane muchas we live through her traumas She s a strong character who s not accepting of others ruling her but at the same time, there s often not a lot she can do about the situations she finds herself in The laws and etiquettes of the time give her little options to get herself out of the mess she s in and she really does have to rely on someone saving her from it.James was a muchsolemn character in this book than he was in the first but that suited the experiences he d been through and that he was suffering what would now likely be diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Because of this he thinks others do not deserve to have to put up with him and he worries for their safety as his reactions can sometimes be violent.Another great character led story by Eve Edwards with wonderful descriptions that make you feel like you re really there combined with witty dialogue and an insight into the Elizabethan era This sequel to The Other Countess is set in 1584 and continues the story of Jane, one of the supporting characters from the first book Jane was to marry Will Lacey, but broke off the betrothal so he would be free to marry his true love, Ellie, who was Jane s friend But although she does not regret her decision, Jane s family was furious, and she was imprisoned in her own home She only escaped because a very kind elderly man married her to save her from her family Though their marriage was in This sequel to The Other Countess is set in 1584 and continues the story of Jane, one of the supporting characters from the first book Jane was to marry Will Lacey, but broke off the betrothal so he would be free to marry his true love, Ellie, who was Jane s friend But although she does not regret her decision, Jane s family was furious, and she was imprisoned in her own home She only escaped because a very kind elderly man married her to save her from her family Though their marriage was in name only, Jane was very fond of her husband and grieved him when he died, because he wasof a father to her than her own ever was His sons are horrible and forced her to leave her home, but thanks to a recommendation from her late husband, Jane is able to find a position at court as a lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I.Shortly after arriving at court, to Jane s surprise she encounters James Lacey, the brother of the man she refused to marry She still loves him, but he despises her at first because he doesn t know the real reason why she ended the betrothal, and thinks she jilted his brother James soon learns the truth, but he does not feel he is good enough for Jane now, because he is haunted by atrocities he witnessed in war He joins a voyage to the Americas to help scout a site for a possible future English colony in the New World, hoping the time away from home will help him recover from the terrible memories However while James is gone, Jane s scheming relatives plot to force her into an unwanted marriage.I enjoyed reading The Queen s Lady but I didn t like it as much as The Other Countess, which was one of my favorite books that I read last year Jane was a character I didn t like at first but ended up sympathizing with by the end of the first book, her family truly is just awful So I was glad to read the continuation of her story But honestly, I wanted to slap James or something for being such an idiot and running off to deal with his problems without seeing how much Jane needed him, and thinking he was unworthy of her for reasons that I thought were pretty stupid I would still recommend this book to readers who enjoyed the first book, or who haven t read it yet but enjoy historical romance, and I still plan to read the third book, The Rogue s Princess, which will be published in July 2011 I m just a little disappointed that I didn t love this book as much as The Other Countess This isof a 4.5 out of 5.This is the last of my Pre Order rampage on the Waterstone s website Okay, so I am obsessive over the types of books I read and am afraid to buy actual books with my own money in case I don t like them or I read them once Anyway This is the sequel to Eve Edward s amazing first novel in the series, The Other Countess, about the Lacey family set in the 16th Century under the rule of Elizabeth I The Other Countess was amazing and is one of my favourite books Eve This isof a 4.5 out of 5.This is the last of my Pre Order rampage on the Waterstone s website Okay, so I am obsessive over the types of books I read and am afraid to buy actual books with my own money in case I don t like them or I read them once Anyway This is the sequel to Eve Edward s amazing first novel in the series, The Other Countess, about the Lacey family set in the 16th Century under the rule of Elizabeth I The Other Countess was amazing and is one of my favourite books Eve Edwards is still relatively unknown apart from book bloggers but she deserves the credit and praise she receives from her books, I think To start off with, this book is great Edwards has captured what life was like in the 1500 s under Elizabeth I s reign and what life was like at Court She shows the rules that had to be followed in introduction and marriage and really, like her last novel, gives an insight to Jane and James world She got it spot on again There are references to Ellie and Will from the last book, especially latterly, and other characters pop up throughout There are also new characters added such as Milly, Kit and the Patons as well as old favourites such as Diego and Tobias The story is told from both Jane, James, Diego and Milly s point of view making it muchinteresting to read and different My only few criticisms about this book is that to start off with, it got boring I m sorry Eve Edwards because I love your stuff so much but the beginning wasn t as fast paced and well written as The Other Countess and I found James really boring to start off with However, it got increasinglyinteresting and engaging as the story picked up My only other one is that, well I m no expert at Elizabethan language, but there were points where I thought, That sounds a bit too modern in the lauguage and mostly when people were speaking It s a very small one but I noticed itthan a couple of times One aspect that was different to any other book I ve read of this period is that Edwards introduced other aspects that happened during that era For example, the art of fencing and the trips to the Americas and what men found there I m yet to read a book, apart from this one, that even mentions that during the story It was very enjoyable to read something with a little difference.The romance in this one is less early on than in The Other Countess but I liked it that way They hadn t seen each other for over a year so they wouldn t fly into each other s arms Overall, I loved this book This isn t as polished as The Other Countess but it has things that are both similar and better to that book You also get a summary of everything happened since and ties the loose ends that anyone may have had at the end of the Will and Ellie s story such as Nell and Turville.I would read The Other Countess first so you know exactly what is happening but you could read this without it I would recommend this to anyone who loves historical romance and a bit of scandel This really is a worth while series and book with some amazing characters I m looking forward to the next and I think last book in the series, The Rogue s Princess, coming out July 2011 Why do I do this to myselfThat s it, that s the review .Read Book ☦ The Queen's Lady ♍ England, When beautiful Lady Jane Rievaulx begins her service to the Queen at Richmond Palace, she is thrilled to see the court s newest arrival Master James LaceyNo matter that Jane was previously courted by the eldest Lacey brother James is the one who has won her heart For his part, James cannot deny his fascination with Jane his plans, however, do not allow for love He is about to set sail on a treacherous journey to the Americas, seeking absolution for what he sees as past sins But when Jane is forced into a terrible situation by her own family, only one man can save her Will Master James return to his lady before it s too late Eve Edwards is a historical fiction lover s dream In The Queen s Lady she combines rich sumptuous period detail with a spellbinding love story and lovingly crafted characters The story focuses on Lady Jane Rievaulx, who is now a lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth She was first introduced as a peripheral character in The Other Countess, but here gets to take centre stage She believes that she may at last have found some small comfort and security in the Queen s court, until she finds herse Eve Edwards is a historical fiction lover s dream In The Queen s Lady she combines rich sumptuous period detail with a spellbinding love story and lovingly crafted characters The story focuses on Lady Jane Rievaulx, who is now a lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth She was first introduced as a peripheral character in The Other Countess, but here gets to take centre stage She believes that she may at last have found some small comfort and security in the Queen s court, until she finds herself being coerced and blackmailed by her family into an unwanted marriage Her heart however lies elsewhere but she may not be free to follow her true desire.Also reappearing from the first novel is the Lacey brothers Will and James Will has now settled down and is happily married but his younger brother, James, is haunted by his recent experiences in the Low Countries To try and recover his spirits, he is about to set sail on a journey to the Americas but he leaves his heart behind with Jane who needs himthan ever I loved the relationship between these two characters They re both only eighteen years old but they ve each experienced a lot in their short lifetimes and are living in a period when people were getting married and having children at a much younger age The scenes in the book that they share were definitely among my favourite passages They may get off on the wrong foot but when misunderstandings are put aside they fall madly in love and are perfect for each other Set in 1583, attention is paid to recreating the sights, sounds and smells of Tudor England I felt transported back to an entirely different age The story illustrates the precarious situation which was faced by many women at the time who were not free to choose their own paths and had little independence or rights of their own Jane s friend Milly is seen trying to carve out her own business but this is shown to be a difficult endeavour at times for a single woman Milly also shares a close friendship with James s servant Diego and here the book sensitively handles the relationship between a white English woman and a dark skinned foreigner Racial discrimination is rife and not everyone is accepting of the match.Some familiar faces reappear from The Other Countess such as Will and Ellie and it was good to pick up their story briefly again and see how things have turned out from them You don t necessarily need to have read the first book before this one but I would recommend you do for the sheer pleasure and enjoyment they provide.Eve Edwards has turned me into a huge fan and you can bet I m going to be picking her books up to re read them at some point soon I thought that the first book was absolutely brilliant but I think she may have outdone herself with the sequel I was sad to find out that The Queen s Lady would not be about Will and Ellie any, but I didn t have to be, because we got to delve deeper into the life of Lady Jane after she turned down Will s proposal, as well as see what happened with Will and Ellie I got to see both Jane and James in a different light, and I found myself liking themandas we followed what was going on in their lives.Reading The Queen s Lady made me feel so much for for poor Jane Her husband, who wasli I was sad to find out that The Queen s Lady would not be about Will and Ellie any, but I didn t have to be, because we got to delve deeper into the life of Lady Jane after she turned down Will s proposal, as well as see what happened with Will and Ellie I got to see both Jane and James in a different light, and I found myself liking themandas we followed what was going on in their lives.Reading The Queen s Lady made me feel so much for for poor Jane Her husband, who waslike her best friend, passed away and her stepsons arehorrible than ever Her real family..well they don t care much for her at all All they to care about is money, and it was awful to see how they were so determined to get her married to somebody who had a higher status, just for their own greedy needs I felt so much anger towards them.The Queen s Lady picks up about a year after the previous book left off It tells the story of Lacey brother, James, and a good friend of Ellie s, Lady Jane, who was also set to marry Will in The Other Countess, until she broke it off because she knew that Will was in love with Ellie..my explanation makes it sound confusing, but it s SO sweet and awesome There is also some subplots involving Diego, James s servant, and Jane s friend Milly, and another one that introduces Christopher Kit..the illegitimate brother of the Lacey s Edwards has created a brilliant set up for The Rogue Princess I m looking forward to reading about him The romance between James Lacey and Jane, may just have been evenswoonworthy than Ellie and Will s James is completely tortured by the things he saw in Spain when he was at war and the things he was going through made me want to cry for him, but I was also annoyed at him for not realising but what was right in front of him Jane was in need and I understand his situation but when he and Jane were together, everything was okay, and they were so perfect for each other and he should have been there and le sigh.The Queen s Lady is a charming novel that is made up of the most beautifully detailed descriptions, written so vibrantly that they will transport you to back in time to the Elizabethan era..and I promise you will have a great time. I ve been looking forward to reading the Lacey Chronicles books from Eve Edwards for a long time But as someone who doesn t like to buy books from overseas, I forced myself to wait patiently until the books were release in the U.S After I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, The Other Countess, which I won just a few weeks ago from a Twitter contest, I was thrilled that the sequel, The Queen s Lady was already available on NetGalley for review.The Queen s Lady follows the story of I ve been looking forward to reading the Lacey Chronicles books from Eve Edwards for a long time But as someone who doesn t like to buy books from overseas, I forced myself to wait patiently until the books were release in the U.S After I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, The Other Countess, which I won just a few weeks ago from a Twitter contest, I was thrilled that the sequel, The Queen s Lady was already available on NetGalley for review.The Queen s Lady follows the story of Lady Jane, one of Ellie s closest friends in The Other Countess Much has happened to Jane since we last saw her After ending her engagement to Will, Jane ended up in an unhappy marriage and was eventually sent home in disgrace She was saved by another marriage, this time to a much older man who was looking for a companion to spend the rest of his days with Soon after he dies, Jane comes to court as a lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I, a changed woman That s where she reconnects to James Lacey, Will s brother The pair soon fall in love, but tragedy and trials threaten to pull them apart.I was really surprised at Jane here She seemed like a completely different person from the flirty, somewhat scandalous young woman in The Other Countess I almost didn t recognize her While Edwards does give a quick back story behind this change that occurred between the two novels, the change was just so drastic that it didn t fit for me It also led to such a significant change in Jane that the personality quirks that made me interesting to me in the previous book were completely gone here I would also have liked to have seen some of that story on the page since it had such a profound affect on Jane.The signature sweet romance I enjoyed in Other Countess is still here in Queen s Lady, but withintrigue and conflict thrown in, as well as a stronger use of the period s context in ways that made the story seemrealistic I would say that I didn t enjoy Queen s Lady as much as Other Countess, but it was still a satisfying sequel, and I liked seeing Jane have her own happy ending