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In the winter of 1535, fourteen-year-old Kate Carey wants to escape her family home. She thinks her life will be so much better with Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife and the aunt she idolises. Little does Kate know that by going to attend Anne Boleyn she will discover love and a secret that will shake the very foundations of her identity. As an attendant to Anne Boleyn, Kate is swept up in events that see her witness her aunt’s darkest days. By the time winter ends, Kate will be changed forever.
“This is a lovely book. It’s beautifully written and makes history accessible to young adults in an engaging and interesting way. The book is satisfying on all kinds of levels. It brings history alive and validates for girls stepping into a woman’s role that they’re not alone as they wrestle with issues that women and girls have confronted through the ages, mainly love,and their place in a world controlled by men. Dr. Dunn is a very talented writer and the subject she’s written about is clearly close to her heart. She brings the history and characters alive for the reader, and even though I was just checking this book out as a gift for my young niece, I got so involved in the story that I read it from cover to cover. Highly recommended.”
“Wendy’s story on Katherine Carey is a terrific read not just for Young Adults, but for all ages. Wendy has done a fantastic job bringing to life a young Katherine that anyone who has ever been a teenager can identify with. It was refreshing to see Anne through the eyes of an innocent who had not yet been jaded by the intrigues at Henry’s Court. I loved that Francis was portrayed with Anne’s dogs. I could certainly see Sir Francis in that position at Court! The diary entries also gave a deeper look into the emotions that Katherine was feeling and that greatly added to the story. All in all, a great read and I highly recommend it!”