Book Review: “The Tapestry” by Nancy BilyeauOctober 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
From the back cover: In the midst of England’s Reformation, a young novice will risk everything to defy the most powerful men of her era.
Political murder. Sexual intrigue. In the court of Henry VIII, does Sister Joanna Stafford have a prayer?
After her priory in Dartford is closed—collateral damage in tyrannical King Henry VIII’s quest to overthrow the Catholic Church—Joanna resolves to live a quiet and honorable life weaving tapestries, shunning dangerous quests and conspiracies. Until she is summoned to Whitehall Palace, where her tapestry weaving has drawn the King’s attention.
Joanna is uncomfortable serving the King whom she has twice attempted to overthrow—unbeknownst to him. She fears for her life in a court bursting with hidden agendas and a casual disregard for the virtues she holds dear. And her suspicions are confirmed when an assassin attempts to kill her moments after arriving at Whitehall.
Struggling to stay ahead of her most formidable enemy yet, an unknown one, she becomes entangled in dangerous court politics. Her dear friend Catherine Howard is rumored to be one of the King’s mistresses. Joanna is determined to protect young, beautiful, naïve Catherine from becoming the King’s next wife and possibly, victim.
Set in a world of royal banquets and feasts, tournament jousts, ship voyages, and Tower Hill executions, this thrilling tale finds Joanna in her most dangerous situation yet, as she attempts to decide the life she wants to live: nun or wife, spy or subject, rebel or courtier. Joanna must finally choose her fate.
Joanna Stafford is back and this adventure is even more dangerous than the first. History, danger, mystery, action, adventure and thrills abound in “The Tapestry”. Get ready for a page-turning, thrill ride. Ms. Bilyeau gets us caught up in the story and the characters lives to the point that we actually hate to say goodbye to them when the book ends. It really feels as if Ms. Bilyeau transports back to the time of The English Reformation it feels that authentic. Joanna is still one of the most unique and personable characters and she is just a delight to read about. I liked this book very much and am hoping that Ms. Bilyeau will give us another adventure with Joanna.
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