City of Ladies
By: Sarah Kennedy
It’s not hard to see why City of Ladies is a contender for the INDIEFAB Book of the Year. Sarah Kennedy has quite a gift for storytelling and is sharing it with readers in her series The Cross and the Crown. City of Ladies is the second installment in this historical tale, set in Tudor England. Kennedy is an accomplished student of history, with a love for poems and Tudor England. Her affection for and knowledge of this distinctive time bring it to life for modern readers. Diving into the pages of City of Ladies is like jumping back through time. The attention to detail, personalities, and situations in these books are so vivid it is like you, as the reader, are living the story. From the buildings, to the food, from people’s’ stations in life, to their clothing The Cross and the Crown is both a lesson in history and enjoyable past time. We are pulling for Kennedy to win INDIEFAB Book of the Year after having read it ourselves.
Tudor England was a dangerous time to be a woman, let alone a former nun whose former home and convent were dissolved when the king made himself the head of the Church of England. Catherine Haven’s, conceived and raised in the convent, finds herself cast out of her home and faced with a bleak future until William Overton marries her. With her marriage comes a new home, a title, and children, however it cannot keep those she loves safe. When her former sisters begin disappearing Catherine will stop at nothing to uncover what is happening – only to find that the answer hits painfully close to home. Raising her children, running a household and for a time seeing to the king’s own daughters, Catherine is a busy woman who carries a heavy burden; although she carries it as any woman would wish that she could, with strength and grace. Let Sarah Kennedy whisk you away with her new series The Cross and the Crown. Pick up a copy of Altarpiece and City of Ladies before the launch of her third book, The King’s Sisters this August!