St. Martin's Press, April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-312-38699-3, ISBN10: 0-312-38699-0
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 416 pages
I started waiting for this novel back in September when I wrote about it in a Waiting on Wednesday post. (You can view that post here.) Then in January, Marcia of The Printed Page spotlighted it in her feature Cover Attraction and Wish List. As part of her Read it Forward program, Marcia then offered to send me her copy after she had received, read, and reviewed it. I was so thrilled by her generosity. I felt as though I'd won the Lottery!
Well, I don't know when Marcia's review will appear, but she sent her copy out last Friday, and I found it in my mailbox when I staggered home from the office late last night. I was so tired, I almost didn't even check the mail! Needless to say, I found the energy to read late into the night.
A giant THANK YOU! to Marcia for sharing what for most people would surely be a Keeper!
Here's a bit of info about the book and author (from the publisher):
From the bestselling author of The Illuminator comes a magnificent tale about the power of love and the perils of faith.
Tudor England is a perilous place for booksellers Kate Gough and her brother John, who sell forbidden translations of the Bible. Caught between warring factions—English Catholics opposed to the Lutheran reformation, and Henry VIII’s growing impatience with the Pope’s refusal to sanction his marriage to Anne Boleyn—Kate embarks on a daring adventure that will lead her into a dangerous marriage and a web of intrigue that pits her against powerful enemies. From the king’s lavish banquet halls to secret dungeons and the inner sanctums of Thomas More, Brenda Rickman Vantrease’s glorious new novel illuminates the public pageantry and the private passions of men and women of conscience in treacherous times.
BRENDA RICKMAN VANTREASE is a former English teacher and librarian whose bestselling debut, The Illuminator, was translated into over a dozen languages and chosen as a BookSense Reading Group Pick. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.