Thursday, November 3, 2011

Upcoming 2012 Historical Fiction Release: The Secret Keeper, A Novel of Kateryn Parr by Sandra Byrd

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The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd
Publish Date: June 5th 2012
Format: Paperback 352 pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Juliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight in Marlborough, who has since passed away. Though her future seems charted for her to marry the son of her father's business partner, a set of circumstances interrupt that certainty and set her on a God-directed course toward the court of Henry the Eighth and his last wife, Kateryn Parr. 
Sir Thomas Seymour, the brother of Jane Seymour, late mother to the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his business with Juliana's father's estate, and as he does, chances upon her reading as Lector in the local church. He sees instantly that she would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in Parr's household for "finishing" and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly. For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king's daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.

As Juliana accompanies Parr to court, Henry's devout sixth queen raises the stakes for all reformers. Their support of Anne Askew puts them in life-threatening jeopardy, as does the queen's desire to direct her husband's, and the realm's, direction and belief. In the end, Juliana must choose between love and honor, personal fulfillment and sacrifice; she ultimately learns the secret that will undo everything she thought she knew about her own life."

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