Orphan Audrey Thorndale longs for the peaceful life of a convent, but with a younger brother to care for and England's religious houses falling one by one to Henry VIII's Reformation, she'll have to find another way to serve God and country. The Abbot of Glastonbury, aware of Audrey's dilemma and loathe to see the great treasures of his abbey looted and destroyed, suggests a plan that could save Audrey, the relics, and even the future of Britain...but if she agrees to it, she'll have to commit treason.
Second son and sometime adventurer, Tobias Seybourne has never left an opportunity unexplored. He’s won the favor of the king and is aiming for knighthood when Abbot Whiting offers him the chance of a lifetime—partner with Audrey, and protect England’s greatest legend. Most importantly? Do it without ever giving the king a reason to suspect more devious purposes simmer beneath Tobias’s charming façade.
With help from the abbot, Audrey and Tobias set in motion a plan to ensure that when the abbey walls crumble, one particular treasure will be safely hidden elsewhere.
But as the abbot points out, the king’s minions keep close account of their plunder, and the contents of Glastonbury’s repository are well documented.
With the king’s men bearing down fast, someone must take the fall…
Amazing Historical Fiction
Most of us know the legend of King Author and Guinevere. It's a myth that people love to hear as a bringer of hope and goodness. But whatever happened to them when they died? Well, there are lots of rumors and some think they may have found their remains. But this is a story of why they are so well hidden. Going back to the end of the Tudors and Henry VIII, we watch as the Catholic churches are dismantle one by one, their relics and belongings either looted or taken by the throne for the use of the country.
One church is left standing, and it holds the relic of Author's remains. The build up to the church falling is incredible. You can feel the dread and the despair as time grows short. Conspiracy theories abound in this novel and as Audry Thorndale is tasked with the incredible burden and honor of hiding the remains from the English king.
As she prepares her life for this huge change, she finds out a lot about herself and the people around her. Heroes emerge where they are least expected, but she never really knows who she can trust. There's a bit of romance, a lot of intrigue, and good dose of history and legend. Such a great story. I really want to see what happens next.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*