After her parents fail to support a
match between herself and the man she loves, Lady Rosamund
Ramsay is sent to the court of Queen Elizabeth to serve as
one of Her Grace’s ladies-in-waiting. For the country-bred
Rosamund coming to court just in time for the yuletide
festivities is somewhat overwhelming. But court life does
serve to distract Rosamund from disappointed affection,
particularly when she meets Anton Gustavson.
From the moment he first sees Rosamund,
Anton is enraptured by the beautiful “winter fairy.”
Despite his uncertain position in life, Anton cannot help
but be drawn to Rosamund. Yet the passion that flares
between them may never be fulfilled if a sinister plot takes
the life of the woman who so quickly captures Anton’s heart.
The Winter Queen
positively shines with its tender romance set against the
backdrop of Queen Elizabeth’s court. Amanda McCabe sweeps
her readers away with the glamour and intrigue of
Christmastime 1564. It was a treat to see the pomp and
pageantry of Elizabeth’s court through the eyes of one of
her new ladies-in-waiting. Rosamund is a gentle, likeable
woman and her fascination with the goings on at court made
her the perfect guide for readers. Anton, a member of the
Swedish party sent on behalf of King Eric, matches Rosamund
for likeability. He’s charming, handsome, friendly, and
passionate – what more could you ask for? Ms. McCabe makes
it incredibly easy to fall for these two and to become
invested in their romance.
The Winter Queen is a
lush, engaging Elizabethan romance perfectly crafted by Ms.
McCabe. I adored The Winter Queen and look
forward to reading more of Ms. McCabe’s work.