The author is a very good story teller. This story takes place in England/Scotland in 1519. It tells of court life in King Henry VIII's time. The author seems to know her material and gives a very rich story with details of personalities, dress, and how they lived during those times. This girl Philippa is the daughter of Rosamund which is a very good book too. If you like historical fiction, you should like this books too.
I have read everything she has written and make sure I get them in hard back. I love the way she writes and is able to draw you into the period she is using. Her Historical facts are increditably accurate and her discriptions let you visualize everything beautifully. I have yet to read a book by her that I didn't have a hard time putting down.
As always Ms Small has written a tale of a strong woman in a man's world. I didn't want to put it down. It is a saga starting with Philippa's mother, Rosamund. the third of the saga is "Heiress", Philippa's sister.