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Lady in Waiting (The Elizabethan Lady Series #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  378 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Commanded by her grandfather to snare a wealthy husband, Anne Blanchemains enters the lavish court of Queen Elizabeth. But the beautiful, innocent Anne is a lamb among wolves, easy prey to treachery and an aging queen's jealousy. She never suspects that handsome courtier Christopher Hollier has been sent to ruin her, not wed her. But Christopher's desire for Anne soon swee ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 380 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Topaz
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Jan 04, 2013 Monique rated it liked it
I've always been interested in Tudor England, probably because my Dad is also fascinated by that period in history. When I was younger I tried (and failed!) to read some of the history books he had on the subject, and instead moved on to historical fiction. This period/setting is still one of my favorites to read, and this book didn't disappoint.

The plot was fairly predictable (lady-in-waiting and courtier fall in love, but OHNO there are several obstacles on their path to wedded bliss!), so I w
Jul 20, 2014 Petula rated it it was amazing
5***** Elizabethan Romance. I have never read a book set in Elizabeth's reign before. Its so interesting all the etiquette and the feelings came through beautifully in this story. For men of that era to be ruled by such a STRONG woman must have been so difficult. Nowadays we know from history that queens are great rulers but then it went so much against the grain. This story has many very emotive subjects covered. If only they taught history in schools like this. Pardon me for getting away from ...more
Ana T.
Mar 15, 2010 Ana T. rated it really liked it
I really loved Denise Domnings medieval stories and when I found her Elizabethan stories I just knew that I had to try them too.

Like most of the romances set during Queen Elizabeth I reign and especially those taking place at court the story is full of intrigues, plots and machinations. Between Catholics and Protestants, Elizabeth and her cousin Mary Stuart’s shadow not to mention personal revenge the period seems ideal for an interesting and engaging story.

Lady in Waiting is the story of Anne B
Elis Madison

Enslaved by guilt because a childhood prank left his older brother Nick crippled and disfigured, Kit Hollier needs to find a way to restore the title and fortune that should rightly belong to Nick. A business venture gone bad has left Kit in ruinous debt, so when Lady Montmercy approaches him with a bargain, he has no choice but to listen.

In exchange for payment of his debts (and the lady’s daughter’s marriage to Nick, which should help in the campaign to restore the title), Lady M wants him to
Angel **Book Junkie**
Disclaimer: I think I am in a book rut.. Why is it that no matter how hard I try lately I cannot find a five star read. I am also currently reading a Kristen Ashley book whom I adore but I am having a hard time getting into a book since reading My Skylar....

Maybe just maybe I am in a funk and will soon get out but, I can say that Lady in Waiting was not the book to draw me out. I love historical romance but this book fell flat for me. I thought that it was lacked depth and things that would have
Wendy Garrett
Mar 26, 2014 Wendy Garrett rated it really liked it
When I first started this book, I was very disappointed to realize that it was just basically a romance novel. (Ugh. I like more history than romance in my stories.) But as I read the book, I realized that there was a bit more history in it than I originally realized. I was actually reading Queen Elizabeth's dialogue in Cate Blanchett's voice. While the basic plot was somewhat silly, it was well told with enough historical accuracy and descriptions to satisfy my thirst for history.

Good-hearted n
Oct 07, 2015 †Ðawn† rated it liked it
It started out really interesting but I was disappointed shortly after.I was bored through most of the middle and was expecting there to be more regarding Frances and Nick considering they were the more interesting of characters in my opinion. I also felt the romance was not built up enough. There was little rhyme and reason for there attraction to one another, no intimate conversations until the end when they already declared their love. I felt the declarations should have been what brought the ...more
May 08, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Not nearly as good as her medieval stuff, but I like how she weaves her plot twists & intrigue, & she always seems very historically accurate.
Nov 18, 2015 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I enjoyed this novel a great deal. The story was refreshing with highly tense moments. I read the kindle edition and found to my displeasure that it was lacking in commas and quotations. This made it difficult to read at times. An instance was a sentences that read something like "when shed shed her boots" which should have been "when she'd shed her boots..." That is not a correct direct quote, however, it is a very strong example. I sincerely hope the issue will be corrected. Once the
Lisa C.
Aug 30, 2014 Lisa C. rated it it was ok
Shelves: boring-slow
I'm a fan of Domning and know the quality of her writing. She's thorough, accurate and obviously does a tremendous amount of research for her books. That wasn't the problem I had with this book. It was just too boring for me. It dragged on and on and finally at the end, came to a little bit of life.

Her skill as an author brings the characters to life and this was no exception. The royal court is full of deceit, rivalry, intrigue, romance and she brings it all to the story. It just felt long and
Jun 20, 2013 Frenchie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Historical Fiction
Recommended to Frenchie by: No one, I like the author, so, I check her books
Like all books from Denise Domning, I have thoroughly enjoyed Lady in Waiting. Intrigue, jealousy and revenge, you find it all in the Court of Elisabeth, the Virgin Queen. At the center of all this, there is Mistress Anne Blanchemain. The last and only heir to her grandfather (a not very pleasant character) she is presented to the court and accepted as a maid of honour. But Anne is no maiden anymore. She carries her secret and pray to find a husband who will not unveil her. Christopher Hollier i ...more
Sep 02, 2015 Gloriamarie rated it it was ok
This review only applies to the Kindle version.

Ms, Domming, I'll read anything you write. I think you know I am a fan. I loved this story. Well told, as always. Gripping plot. Wonderful characters.

But who the flip edited this for the kindle? There are so many missing commas and apostrophes and that bugs me no end. I know you are more professional than this.
Sep 09, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This book takes you to the heart of Queen Elizabeth's court. Domning artfully portrays the complexities of court life with a monarch who was larger than life. I couldn't help looking up photos of Elizabethan clothing and watching videos of court dances. I never knew that the royals and company traveled from place to place with their own beds. This was a perfect interlude at the Elizabethan court.
Jun 29, 2014 liirogue rated it really liked it
I don't care that the plot was cliched - I love the characters and the way she brings the story to life. Don't go into this expecting some unique storyline, but be prepared to become immersed in Elizabethan England.
Pamela Murrey
Feb 20, 2016 Pamela Murrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read

I love it when I find a book that I can't put down. That's what happened here. A good story with a flavour of history in it, great characters and well written scenes.
Nilsa Terefe
Totally delightful story!

I would recommend. Holds your attention. Enjoyed the storyline.Delightful story. Looking forward to reading more of this author's works in the future.
Nov 09, 2015 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad for a standalone romance novel.

This story builds nicely and keeps a good place. Overall, I found the story enjoyable, although I felt the ending was a tad weak.
Linda Kyle
Jan 17, 2016 Linda Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing story from Denise Domning!

If you enjoy a bit of mystery, encircled by romance and set in
Elizabethan England, you will enjoy this story!
Kathleen Ruggio
Sep 17, 2015 Kathleen Ruggio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

This was a quick paced novel with wit and charm. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure as always love a happy ending. I think that most readers would enjoy this as well.
Phyllis Stinson
Oct 08, 2015 Phyllis Stinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Vicious villians! Different, historical and much more make this a great read. I enjoyed it. Women have come so far from the past.
Jyoti Achameesing
Aug 29, 2015 Jyoti Achameesing rated it liked it
An interesting medieval story . Anne becomes a maid at Queen Elizabeth Court and she meets Christopher a noble who has lost his wealth .
Kathy Jackson
Aug 28, 2015 Kathy Jackson rated it really liked it
Truly a cornucopia of plots and schemes to rape and back stab and try to gain whatever. A very enjoyable read.
Jun 11, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing
For all you who are WAITING for your Knight in shinning armor!!
Silly book, not very well written.
Kristen Westfall
Sep 09, 2015 Kristen Westfall rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2015
DNF. Truly unlikable characters. Made it to 30% , and I rarely quit a book.
Jul 28, 2014 Leighah rated it it was ok
mmmmm ive read better
Victoria Newman
Oct 05, 2015 Victoria Newman rated it it was amazing
Is a great book to read
Dec 25, 2015 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Totally enjoyed the story. Didn't care for the lack of apostrophes, quotes, etc. Found it rather distracting but the story kept me coming back for me. Rather ... abrupt (?) ending to book one. About to start book two!
Barbara Brabank
Oct 18, 2013 Barbara Brabank rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The story kept my interest to the very end and I appreciated the restraint the author used when portraying the love between the main characters, unlike most historical romance authors. I want to read all books written by Denise Domning now.
Feb 07, 2016 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story with lots of interesting characters

This book was a really interesting read as it gave such rich detail about the life of a lady in waiting. I really felt for the characters and rooted for their happiness.
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