In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, "The Nine Days' Queen" was executed for high treason.
But what if, instead of feeling the blade on her neck she secretly survived?
Escaping execution, Lady Jane hides as a peasant girl in a principality in Germany. She loves the simple life and never wants to return to England. But her benefactor, a power-hungry German prince, wants to march on London and place her on the English throne again, thereby increasing his dominance in Europe. If she doesn't agree to his plan, her beloved childhood nurse will be put to death. Desperate for help, Jane must put her trust in the mysterious spy Asher Hayes.
Asher Hayes is done rounding up Protestants for "Bloody Mary" and wants nothing more than to live a quiet life as a farmer and expunge the blood of many from his hands. Except Queen Mary isn't done with him yet. She throws his father, mother, and sister into prison on false charges in order to force him to accept one last mission – find and kill Lady Jane Grey. But when Asher discovers Lady Jane isn't a threat to the throne as he believed her to be, he faces a devastating decision – does he sacrifice his family for the woman who reigns in his heart?
Jane Grey felt very authentic. I sympathized with her desires to end bloodshed.
*** “Can we not tolerate each other’s beliefs? The Treaty of Augsburg was supposed to do just that, and yet here we are, on the verge of war.”
Tears pricked her eyes, and she lowered her gaze to hide them. ***
The note after the story disclosing the historical elements that were fictionalized was very helpful. I love the overall message of the book!
*** To beat a man to such a state...it was unchristian. ***
One thing I would change is removing a small scene that seemed out of character.
This is a very sweet romance. Jane and Asher’s consideration for each other is especially touching.
There are many more great quotes you need to discover for yourself! Olivia Rae does an exceptional job giving us readers subtle hints about the motives of her characters. You need to read the book. It is worth reading!
I received a free advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.
A story of what might have been....
Be strong and courageous; for the Lord your God goes before you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. — Deuteronomy 31:6
What a fascinating way to look at history. Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days Queen, was executed because she refused to recant her Protestant beliefs. The author has done a great deal of research into what life was like in the 1500’s. Protestants were being sniffed out and murdered just because Queen Mary (Bloody Mary as she later became known) wanted them dead. During those years many wars were fought over religion.
But what could have changed if LJG had not been beheaded?
This is a wonderful story of what might have been. I was very impressed with the faith shown by LJG as she continually faced the possibility of being found out and then murdered. A well-written book with plenty of action and royal drama.
This copy was received through HopeKnight Press and Celebratelit. The comments and impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.