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OPINION: Do not write this off as another boring historical fiction novel! Yes, it is set in Elizabethan England, but the intrigue and romance could be straight out of any contemporary story. Richly imagined from a real footnote of history, the characters are compelling and mysterious. It seems that everyone has secrets to keep, including Kat. When two rapid deaths catapult the plot from country poverty to courtly wealth, Kat soon learns that it will take all her cunning to find the information she seeks without giving too much of herself in return. The only thing that could have made this book better was if it could have included pictures of Kat's embroidery and the clothing she created. I would have loved to see everything from her sketch book to her dress for the queen! If you are a fan of series like The Luxe or The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, you will love the lush historical setting for this engaging story.