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Victoria Lamb
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The Queen's Secret (Lucy Morgan #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  329 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
In the court of Queen Elizabeth I, romance and intrigue could cost you more than your heart... It could cost you your head.
July, 1575: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, arrives at Kenilworth Castle--home of Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Leicester, who has long had ambitions to marry the Queen, knows this may be his very last chance to persuade her to marry him. Towar
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 11, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'I shall not be mastered by any man.'

A really entertaining historical novel with a gripping plot, 'The Queen's Secret' transports you back in time and puts you at the heart of the visit of Queen Elizabeth I to Kenilworth Castle in 1575. There is much pomp and ceremony as the Queen and her entourage arrives, with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, having spared no expense to lay on a host of festivities for her majesty's visit to his home. Robert is a trusted ally of the Queen: 'With his innat
Originally posted to my blog, Once Upon A Time.

Victoria Lamb has tackled a period of history with very little factual detail, Queen Elizabeth I’s visit to Kenilworth Castle in the Summer of 1575, and produced The Queen’s Secret. A novel that seeks to join the few facts there are with speculation and her own creations and she has done a fantastic job with it.

The Queen’s Secret is a novel of forbidden romance, an assassination plot, and the innocent young girl at the heart of it all, Lucy Morgan.
Aug 03, 2012 Peachyteachy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this historical fiction novel by Victoria Lamb. This book tells of intrigue, vicious plots, and nasty people all within the court of Elizabeth I. Lamb writes detailed descriptive passages in such a way that the senses are constantly engaged. You can smell the rankness of the unsanitary and unhygienic times of the late 16th century. You can feel the roughness of the fabrics worn and the sleeping places that were de rigeur of the time. You can see the splendor that was to be had an ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

As soon as I received this book I knew I would either love it or hate it. I'd not read any historical fiction before so I had an open mind to begin with. After reading the first few pages I'd already decided that I would enjoy it, assuming it continued to be as good all the way through. It was.

The first thing I noticed was how vividly described the setting was. Despite being unfamiliar with this period in history, I found it easy to visualise th
2.5 stars. The cattiness between Elizabeth and Lettice could be straight out of "The Real Housewives of Tudor England". Loved the descriptions of Kenilworth though.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
I am thinking a 4.5 for this one! Nearly perfect, very detailed, and full of lies, suspicion, secrets, conspiracies, and intrigue.

Review to come!
Jul 07, 2012 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tudor period is a historical period that's held a fascination for many people for a long time, me included. As such there have been many books written on it and films and even a TV show made about it. One of the most fascinating figures from this period is of course Elizabeth I of England. She's had her fair share of biographies, biopics and historical novels written about her, but people still love to discover more about her. But with the amount of works already devoted to Elizabeth and her ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Jan 14, 2012 Shaz Goodwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have spent a couple of days journeying through the summer of 1575. The majority of the story is set at Kenilworth Castle and I just loved the descriptions of the different parts of the castle. The author creates this world in such a way that it’s easy to be there alongside the characters. When Lettice looks out of the apartment window to see the time on the clock – I looked out with her and remembered Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, had stopped it so that the Queen’s time there was symbo ...more
Alison Campbell
Feb 14, 2012 Alison Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, enjoyable piece of fast paced historical fiction, which left me feeling as if I'd been present, and included in Queen Elizabeth 1st entourage, on her visit to Kenilworth Castle in 1575.

I feel as if I got to know all the characters on a personal level, and was particularly drawn to the brave young Lucy Morgan, and her guardian Master Goodluck , with all his espionage work, and disguises.

Life in the Elizabethan era must have been extremely difficult, and with Victoria Lamb's vivid des
This gorgeously written historical novel was a great pleasure to read, and has sparked my interest in the Elizabethan Era, which I should think is the highest compliment to the author. I have watched several documentaries and while that hardly makes me an expert, it does give me more appreciation for how well the book was written. The time and key characters are rendered with perfection. So, whether you have an interest in the life of Queen Elizabeth 1, or just enjoy a great story, this is not ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is unusual in the fact that Queen Elizabeth I's court is only the setting for the main character, Lucy Morgan, who sings and dances for the queen and becomes one of the favoured few. However, this leads her into danger that she could not have anticipated.

I loved this book as its period detail was so vivid that it was hard to get back to the modern day when I put my book down. However, I was delighted to find that it is the first in a series. I can't wait for the next one!
Laura Purcell
I visited the ruins of Kenilworth a few years ago and heard the tale of Elizabeth I's nineteen day stay. It's so great to see the place and the people brought vividly to life by Lamb.
The story gives us a full view of the court in carnival mode, taking the points of view of Elizabeth herself, her cousin Lettice, a spy Goodluck and the performer Lucy Morgan. I particularly enjoyed the Elizabeth parts, which I felt illustrated her character and contradictions perfectly.
Well worth reading.
Julie Andrews
Jul 18, 2012 Julie Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't able to put this book down. I am really interested in the Tudor period and particularly the queen's relationship with Robert Dudley. This book went much further than that by introducing the character of Lucy Morgan at the queen's court. It demonstrates her loyalty to the queen and also the types of romantic intrigue, as well as sinister plots at the royal court. I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone but particularly fans of the Tudor period.
Mary Mccall
Apr 09, 2013 Mary Mccall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I enjoyed this book. I have read a lot about the court of Queen Elizabeth and I think this captured the life of a servant very well. The aspect of the intrigue and conspiracies was dealt with very well as was the living conditions of the ladies of the court. Nothing like as glamarous as you would think.I liked the way that real and fictional characters mixed together. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Enjoyed this one thoroughly. In the ilk of Philippa Gregory. The author's description of Kenilworth Castle brought everything to life. Elizabeth's bitterness and insecurities shone through and one could almost feel her dislike for her younger cousin.

Will definitely be looking for other offerings from this author.
Mar 10, 2012 Gillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i won this book on goodreads and what an excellent read it has been. It is such a wonderful way to learn a bit of history while being caght up a great story line. Really enjoyed this book gave the imagination a chance to run wild with the pompus of the queen in that era with all her entourage. A great read.
Laurel Bradshaw
Setting: England, mainly at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
Time: 1575

Main characters: Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester, Lettice Knollys (grand-daughter of Mary Boleyn) - wife of the Earl of Essex, Lucy Morgan - a young African singer and court entertainer, William Shakespeare - age 11.

First paragraph, Prologue: "Lucy Morgan peered over the high wooden side of the swaying cart. A group of soldiers trotted past, sunlight glinting off their helmets, their dusty blue livery announcing
Jul 12, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book to read as part of the 2012 Transworld Historical Fiction Challenge and was originally featured on Two Little Birds .

I loved this book for several reasons. The first reason is the setting, it is set over a few weeks in 1575 when Elizabeth I visits Kenilworth Castle, home of her favourite the Earl of Leicester, on her summer progress. I have read quite a lot of Tudor-set novels and most of them take place over years, for example the adult life of a famous figure or for the d
Jan 28, 2012 Cath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Earl of Leicester wants to marry Elizabeth I, Queen of England. He knows that it is his last chance to persuade her when the Queen stays at Kenilworth during the summer of 1575.
Meanwhile, he has fallen in love with the Earl of Essex and whispers of their relationship start spreading through the court. This reduces his chances that he will be able to marry Elizabeth.

Leicester employs Lucy Shaw, a young black singer and court entertainer, to bring his messages to the Earl of Essex, to hide the
Jo Barton
Oct 25, 2012 Jo Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Elizabethan historical mystery is set in 1585 when Queen Elizabeth I visits Kenilworth, home of her favourite, Robert Dudley. Robert is desperate to marry Elizabeth and hopes that by wooing her at Kenilworth she will finally consent to be his wife. However, Elizabeth is as capricious as she is beautiful and with flirtatious cynicism she is content to leave Robert waiting for her decision. However, waiting in the wings is one of Elizabeth’s beautiful ladies in waiting, Lettice Knollys, wife ...more
Michelle Heatley
Jan 25, 2013 Michelle Heatley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Queens Secret by Victoria Lamb
(Transworld Publishers)

Queen Elizabeth’s court is a dangerous place. During the summer of 1575 the court arrives at Kenilworth Castle to be entertained with the lavish festivities organised by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, her ‘sweet Robin’. Intrigue is lurking around every corner and Elizabeth has learnt to not to trust those close to her. When the young Lucy Morgan, daughter of African slaves, is asked by the queen to spy on Robert and his lover Lettice Kn
Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
The Queen's Secret by Victoria Lamb is a look into the inner circle of the Elizabethan Court. Unlike most historical novels however, Lamb has chosen to give us a peak into the Court during a specific event in history. The story centers on a trip Queen Elizabeth and her court took in July of 1575 to Kenilworth, home of Earl Robert Dudley, one of the Queen's long-time favorites. Using the Queen herself and a number of other observers, we get an inside look at the intrigue, romance, and folly of th ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Lauraloves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of the Hardback Historical Challenge from the Transworld Publishers. I really had a craving to read a book from this time period and this book really fitted the bill for me.

This book is set in the time period of Queen Elizabeth I and is about Lucy, a girl in the courts. She starts off by being an entertainer in a big group, but ends up being one of the Queens favourites as the time goes on. There is also a big love triangle between the Queen, her cousin and a man, Robert
Jul 21, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review -
4.5 Stars - Brilliant!
For me, 'The Queen's Secret' has absolutely everything you need in a good book:
Well drawn and contrasting characters including - the many faces of the 'Virgin' Queen Elizabeth I; the charming, ambitious Earl of Leicester with a jealous, married, 'secret' lover Lettice; spies, murderers, bear-tamers and the wonderful innocent, virtuous 'songbird' Lucy Morgan - the Queen's dark-skinned Moorish entertainer who soon becomes the Queen's favourite and unlikely heroine o
Katherine Pocock
Feb 15, 2012 Katherine Pocock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. Lamb has managed to do what very little writers manage to do - retell history in a fashion that draws you in from the very first page. Set in the midst of the royal court during the summer of 1575, we follow as young Lucy Morgan is drawn into a web of intrigue and death plots as a black entertainer for the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth is turned from a figure from my history lessons into a human being with very human problems. Surrounding all of this are the constant death
Feb 25, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a FirstReads giveaway and I loved it! If you love historical novels with plenty of facts throughout the story, then you will really enjoy this book. The novel is about Queen Elizabeth visiting the Earl of Leicester's estate during the summer and all the goings on that he has prepared for her, in hopes of convincing the queen to marry him by the end of the year. However, Elizabeth knows he has been having an affair with one of her ladies, Lettice, wife of the Earl of Essex, and ...more
Angela Holland
I enjoyed this book as I am a fan of historical fiction especially the Tudor time period. I like how it picks a new character in history that I have never read about: Lucy Morgan. The queen picks Lucy to be a spy for her but she gets more than she bargains for. The author did a good job of bringing the characters alive and holding your interest throughout the whole book. Another thing I liked is how the author was very accurate in her use of history, to me this is an important thing in a histori ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Beverlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited to win this book in the Goodreads Giveaway - my first! It was a great book to win because it is a blend of historical fiction and the author's imagination bringing the 19 days with Queen Elizabeth to life through the eyes of young Lucy Morgan.

I loved getting to know Lucy Morgan, a young black court entertainer, who becomes central to the story. She is talented, resourceful and on her own as she journeys with the queen to the country in order to escape the heat of London.

The ch
Feb 03, 2013 Lorin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love anything to do with Elizabeth I and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. All the characters fitted together nicely and I felt like I was transported back in time. Lucy's character was very strong and you felt sorry for her being pulled in every direction. The relationship between Elizabeth, Leicester and Lettice was complicated and you could see how Elizabeth felt insecure as there was really no one she could trust. The plot was fantastic and kept you wanting to read more and more. I tho ...more
Mar 09, 2013 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free from a Goodreads giveaway.

This was an interesting historical novel about the Tudor era and Elizabeth I. I enjoyed the characters, which were a little different than the usual, although I did think it was a little convenient to have a young Will Shakespeare make an appearance. I found the story interesting, and the assassination plot intriguing. I would recommend this to friends who enjoy historical novels.
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Victoria Lamb lives in a farmhouse on the wild fringes of Bodmin Moor with her husband, five kids, two cats and a crazed Irish Red Setter. She is addicted to social media, and on dark nights has been known to sneak out and howl at the moon.

She also writes as Elizabeth Moss, Beth Good and Jane Holland, all listed on Goodreads.

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