Gilt by Katherine Longshore


Though they share the same name, Kitty Tylney and her best friend, Catherine Howard, couldn’t be more different. Where Kitty is quiet and reserved, Cat is outspoken and vivacious. Where Kitty is content to live in the shadows, Cat longs for center-stage attention. Abandoned into the care of the Dowager Duchess, it seems Kitty’s dreams of peace and solitude are far more realistic. But Catherine Howard has other plans. Taken to Henry VIII’s court by her uncle, Catherine wins the king’s heart and becomes his new, ridiculously young queen. Cat soon brings Kitty and some other girls to serve in her chambers. But, while it seems Cat has achieved everything she’s ever wanted, the new court is a dangerous place. Soon, Kitty finds herself wrapped in drama, intrigue, and deadly secrets.

As I’ve said before, I’m completely biased when it comes to Tudor fiction, so I loved this book — duh. My bias aside, it’s still great. Catherine Howard is an interesting wife to me, as she was, by far, the youngest, and had arguably the most dramatic fall. Catherine was married to Henry when she was just a teenager, and he was old enough to be her grandfather. Gross. A teenager who goes from living in poverty to being queen of England is bound to make some poor decisions. Give this book a try if you’re interested in romantic dramas full of secrets and intrigue. It’s like Mean Girls – 16 century style.

Rating: 5/5 

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