Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I

| April 15, 2013

I first came across the heroine of Roses Have Thorns, Lady Helena Gorges (born Elin von Snakenborg) when researching Elizabeth I’s household. I was immediately intrigued. Why was there a Swedish lady in Elizabeth’s household? How did she get there and what was her story? Well, Sandra Byrd tells her story in this wonderful novel. […]

The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr by Sandra Byrd

| June 14, 2012

After having enjoyed Sandra Byrd’s first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, I was looking forward to the release of The Secret Keeper, particularly as it was about my second favourite of Henry VIII’s wives: Catherine Parr. The format of the novel is similar to To Die For, in that the […]