Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (August 3)

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This weekly meme shares the upcoming books that I'm most excited about.

The Girl in the Mirror by Sarah Gristwood

Jeanne, a young French exile orphaned by the wars of religion on the continent, is brought to London as a young girl disguised as a boy. Growing up, the disguise has not been shed and she finds a living as a clerk, ending up in the household of Robert Cecil. As she witnesses the intrigues and plots swirling round the court of Elizabeth I in the last days of Gloriana’s reign, she finds herself sucked into the orbit of the dashing and ambitious young favourite, the Earl of Essex. The queen draws near to the end of her life, with no heir to follow, and the stakes are high.

As Essex hurtles towards self-destruction, Jeanne finds her loyalties, her disguise and her emotions under threat – in a political climate where the least mistake can attract dire penalties.

This is a beautifully written and evocative novel, rich with the details of life and politics of Elizabeth I’s court. Jeanne’s struggle for survival and love is interwoven with her passionate pull towards the gardens she documents, a lovely and seductive backdrop to the novel.

Published by HarperPress
Release Date: June 9, 2011

*So technically this has been out for almost two months, but it's new to me so I wanted to post about it. What are you waiting on this week?


Christina T said...

This sounds wonderful! I love YA historical fiction and this time period too. I will be adding to my TBR list though I bet it isn't available yet in the States. Great pick!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds fantastic. Great choice dear.

Jenny N. said...

This book is new to me too. I don't usually read books with political intrigue but the summary sounds pretty good.

Nina said...

oh wow! This is new for me too. Thank you!

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