Jennifer Ashley

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The Queen's Handmaiden
by Jennifer Ashley
Berkley Trade Historical
October 2007

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Eloise Rousell, niece to Princess Elizabeth's governess, Kat Ashley, grows up in the Tudor courts. Discovering a an early talent for needlework, Eloise spends her days designing beautiful clothes for Elizabeth, as she watches Elizabeth's struggles from the death of her father through the kingship of her brother Edward and the Seymour plots to control the throne. Eloise and Kat Ashley are at Elizabeth's side during the brief reign of Jane Grey and the turbulent years of Mary I, on through Elizabeth's own triumphant rise to power. A historical novel published by Berkley Trade--look for it in the General Fiction sections of bookstores.


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Lady Raised High cover
A Lady Raised High
writing as Laurien Gardner
Berkley Jove
April 2008 (re-issue)

Part of the Laurien Gardner,
Wives of Henry VIII series
Note: This book is currently out of print. The ebook may be ordered from:
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Winner of the Romance Writer's of America's prestigious RITA award.

From Publisher's Weekly: "Queen Anne's rise and fall is recounted by her maid Frances Pierce, a country girl brought to court after her impulsive leap to protect the king's paramour from a flung handful of mud. As Frances stumbles her way through the life of a royal servant, encountering court intrigue and political upheaval, she becomes Anne's closest confidante, thanks largely to her sincere devotion and naive lack of ambition. Seeing the world through Frances's rose-colored spectacles, Gardner remains sympathetic to this controversial queen and tells her tale lovingly all the way to its sad end."

Note: The mass market edition of this book is out of print: A trade paperback edition will be released in April 2008.

Read an article about the Laurien Gardner, Six Wives series.