Monday, 20 December 2010
The Lady in the Tower - Marie-Louise Jensen
Spring 1540 I am afraid. You are in grave danger. Mother, will you run away with me if I can free you? The servants call it the Lady Tower: the isolated part of the castle where Eleanor's mother is imprisoned after a terrible accusation. For four years Eleanor's only comfort has been their secret notes to one another. A chance discovery reveals a plot to murder her mother. Now Eleanor must free her before it is too late. But with danger and betrayal at every turn, she can trust no one. Especially not her father. Eleanor must use all her cunning to survive. For she soon realises that it is not just her mother she needs to save... but also herself.
'The Lady in the Tower' was actually the first Y.A historical fiction book I ever read. First impressions? Amazing.
First of all don't let the blurb put you off to much. To me, the blurb was boring which was probably why I didn't read this one for a while. This book was all about Lady Elizabeth Hungerford's imprisonment in Farleigh castle, as well as her daughter Eleanor's efforts to try and rescue her.
I loved reading about the characters in this book as they were all from the 1600's, as well at the fact that it is set in the Tudor era, which is one of my favorite bits of history to learn about. It was so interesting exploring how Lady's were supposed to act, old traditions etc.
Jensen also produced a realistic setting which made me feel like I had jumped right back in time and was standing alongside Henry V111, and Eleanor.
I have to say though, my absolute favorite aspect of the story was the romance part. In those times you were made to marry proper gentlemen, however I loved Eleanor's strong will and bravery. She portrayed tremendous courage and never gave in to the harsh ways of society.
This novel was action packed, fast paced, scary and romantic. I don't think my review has given this book any justice. Just, really, go and pick it up. I know you won't be disappointed.
5/5 For suree.