The national bestselling author of Mistress Shakespeare
delivers the epic tale of Elizabeth I's most trusted
companion-a commoner who lived among royals...
Katherine Ashley, the clever, beguiling daughter of a poor
country beekeeper, catches the attention of powerful,
ambitious Thomas Cromwell-henchman for King Henry VIII.
Cromwell secures for Kat a place in the royal court, but as
a reluctant spy. Plunged into a treacherous game of shifting
alliances, Kat is entrusted by Anne Boleyn to protect her
daughter, Elizabeth. In the face of exile, assassination
attempts, imprisonment, and a romantic flirtation that could
cost the young princess dearly, Kat will risk
everything-even her own secret love-for her bright, clever