by Gillian Bagwell
“On her twelfth birthday, Bess of Hardwick hears word that she is soon to become a gentlewoman in a noble household. Armed with nothing but her razor-sharp wit and fetching looks, Bess fears leaving her home for the glamorous court of King Henry VIII. Hesitance aside, the choice is clear. Her impoverished family has nothing to offer her but lowly work at the bottom of society. Entering the world of the court changes her life forever.
Suddenly thrust into the complicated lives of England’s rich and powerful, Bess quickly learns to navigate the treacherous waters. She must find the courage to marry despite the danger it brings, and when her first husband dies, Bess is left with an enormous fortune. The greatest decision yet looms before her—now a woman of power and reverence, the possibilities become excitingly endless….
Readers will love this rich and true story of a girl whose wealth and power was exceeded only by the queen of England herself, Queen Elizabeth.”
About Gillian Bagwell:
Gillian Bagwell’s richly detailed historical novels bring to vivid life England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The author uses her years of experience in theatre an actress, director, and producer to help authors give effective public readings, through workshops and private coaching.
Her life-long fascination with British history and dedication to research infuse her novels with a compelling evocation of time and place, and provide fodder for her non-fiction writing, including articles on “Frost Fairs on the River Thames”, “The Royal Miracle: The Biggest What-If in English History,” and “1660: The Year of the Restoration of Theatre.” Gillian blogged her research adventures for The Darling Strumpet and The September Queen, including the day-by-day events of Charles II’s dramatic escape after the Battle of Worcester.
Please visit Gillian’s website for more on her books and upcoming events.
Giveaway Info: 1 paperback copy, US only, Ends July 9, 2013 – Comment to enter.