6/19/12

Ladies in Waiting

Author: Laura L. Sullivan
Pages: 336
Publisher: Harcourt
Format: Hardcover (ARC)
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)Eliza dreams of being a playwright for the king’s theater, where she will be admired for her witty turns of phrase rather than her father’s wealth. Beth is beautiful as the day but poor as a church mouse, so she must marry well, despite her love for her childhood sweetheart. Zabby comes to England to further her scientific studies—and ends up saving the life of King Charles II. Soon her friendship with him becomes a dangerous, impossible obsession. Though she knows she should stay away from the young, handsome king, Charles has a new bride, Queen Catherine, and a queen needs ladies in waiting. And so Zabby, Beth, and Eliza, three Elizabeths from very different walks of life, find themselves at the center of the most scandal-filled court that England has ever seen.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary
: Thrown together thanks to circumstances nobody could have predicted, Zabby, Eliza, and Beth are ladies in waiting to King Charles II's wife, Queen Catherine. But life in the King's Court is not all glamour, parties, and petty gossip. And as each girl struggles to fulfill her duties as a lady in waiting, they realize just how much they are going to have to do to ensure they get what they want.

My Thoughts
: As a huge fan of historical fiction, I couldn't wait to dive into Ladies in Waiting. The characters were really unique, and I had a few laugh-out-loud moments throughout the course of the novel (Beth's mother... I probably laughed at this way more than is acceptable. I mean I know syphilis is a potentially fatal STD, but I couldn't stop laughing!).

I really liked that the sole focus of the novel wasn't the romance aspect, and that the girls' friendship played a big part in it. There were some hilarious conversations between the girls, and their distinct voices made me hope for the best for all of them. Zabby was probably my favourite character - I loved her wit and the way she went for what she wanted. All in all, a very fun read.


Final Thoughts
: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, but I would advise that it's kept to more mature teens and adult readers.

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