Heir Apparent Author:Sheri Vangen-Ratcliffe When stonemasons find the decomposed remains of a pregnant, unidentified mistress of King Henry VIII inside a crumbling window seat at Hampton Court Palace, curator and historian Kaitlyn Rose gets the shock of her life. Sparked by the exciting discovery, a chain of events unfolds that sends Kaitlyns life veering wildly off course. First, ... more »she discovers that Colin Wycliffe, her best friend of seven years and the man she loves, isnt who hes claimed to be. Then, when Colins misogynistic half-brother, Brighton Jones, turns up after a fifteen-year absence, things become even more bizarre. Brighton, an arrogant but brilliant physicist for British Intelligence, dazzles the pair with his latest top-secret project on time teleportation and sets their course spinning into the sixteenth century. After teleporting to the dangerous court of King Henry VIII, Colin and Kaitlyn make a daring attempt to save the twenty-first century monarchy from absolute extinction. Intrigue and sexual blackmail unfold when the scheming King Henry VIIIdesperate for a male heirsets his sights on the beautiful Kaitlyn. Will Kaitlyn provide an heir for King Henry VIII or will her love for Colin keep her faithful?
An epic adventure starring British monarchs both long dead and yet to be born. First-time novelist Vangen-Ratcliffe warmly embraces just about every narrative genre in this dashing tale of time travel and historical intrigue. Tudor fans will love the extended romp through 1534 London as the author weaves her imaginative plot from the small historical thread that Henry's dalliance with an unknown mistress spurred Anne to fake a pregnancy to regain his affections. The fiery dynamics of this famously tragic relationship, even from beyond the grave, wreak havoc on Kaitlyn, adding a ghostly twist to an already richly brocaded narrative. By turns riveting and ridiculous, but always fun. -Kirkus Discoveries « less