The Queen's Lady (The Lacey Chronicles, #2)
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The Queen's Lady (The Lacey Chronicles #2)

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It's 1584 - Surrey, England. When Lady Jane Rievaulx begins service to the Queen at Richmond Palace, she is thrilled at the court's newest arrival ...Master James Lacey. Despite her previous courtship with his older brother, James is the man she truly loves. And for his part, he cannot deny his fascination with her.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Razorbill
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It has been months since Lady Jane Perceval (nee Rievaulx) last saw James Lacey, and much has changed in that time. Lady Jane refused to marry James’s brother, Will (now the Earl of Dorset), knowing that his heart belonged to young Ellie Hutton. The couple have since welcomed an heir to Lacey House.

James and his faithful blackamoor servant, Diego, have campaigned for Elizabeth’s army overseas and the young Master has returned home world-weary and haunted by all he has seen.

And Lady Jane has bee...more
The Queen's Lady follows on from the authors previous book, The Other Countess, but while that one followed William Lacey and his now wife, Ellie, this is the story of his younger brother James and Ellie's good friend, Jane. Set a year or so after the previous installment, Will and and Ellie are still around as secondary characters, as are others that played a part in the first book. The emphasis is predominantly on James and Jane though, with a side story involving James' manservant Diego and J...more
I was sad to find out that The Queen's Lady would not be about Will and Ellie anymore, but I didn't have to be, because we got to delve deeper into the life of Lady Jane after she turned down Will's proposal, as well as see what happened with Will and Ellie. I got to see both Jane and James in a different light, and I found myself liking them more and more as we followed what was going on in their lives.

Reading The Queen's Lady made me feel so much for for poor Jane. Her husband, who was more li...more
This sequel to The Other Countess is set in 1584 and continues the story of Jane, one of the supporting characters from the first book. Jane was to marry Will Lacey, but broke off the betrothal so he would be free to marry his true love, Ellie, who was Jane's friend. But although she does not regret her decision, Jane's family was furious, and she was imprisoned in her own home. She only escaped because a very kind elderly man married her to save her from her family. Though their marriage was in...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
I have to admit, I didn't read the first book in The Lacey Chronicles, but after reading The Queen's Lady, which is the second book in this series,I am definitely reading The Other Countess. I love Eva Edwards’ writing, and I love the Lacey brothers. I also have to know about Will and Ellie's romance now. The Queen's Lady is about the second Lacey's brother, James, and his love for Jane. Eve Edwards has written a beautiful Historical love story about a young woman of eighteen fighting for her ri...more
Leute, LEST DIESES BUCH! Selten hat mich ein Buch derart überzeugt und mitgerissen wie "Die Herzentflammte". Ich kam aus dem Lachen,Weinen und Mitfiebern gar nicht mehr heraus! Die Handlung war fantastisch: unterhaltsam,spannend,lustig, authentisch zugleich und vor allem romantisch, einige Szenen rührten wirklich zu Tränen, ohne kitschig zu sein. Die Protagonisten (bzw alle Charaktere) sind einfach bezaubernd, selten hab ich so mitgefühlt und -gelitten. Das alles ist verpackt in einen mitreißend...more
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
I love historical fiction, but have not had the chance to read very much YA historical fiction. So when I read the description of The Queen's Lady on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. And, for the most part I did enjoy the book.

I liked Jane and really felt badly for her. I liked her devotion to her late husband and the fact that she would always strive to remain proper and appropriate to her position and social status. She always did the right thing, and I liked that.

I liked Edwards' developme...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
The Queen's lady is the second instalment in a series set in Tudor England. I for one thought this instalment was as strong as the first instalment.

The story is set 18 months after the end of The Other Countess and focuses on the Story of Lady Jane who we met in the first book as a secondary character. Her life has changed dramatically since the first book. She has recently become a widower and has lost regular contact with the Lacey family. She has taken up a position in the Queen's staff and h...more
Historical fiction has always been a weakness for me, because deep down I believe that "those who do not learn history are due to repeat it." Therefore, anything that has historical significance that shows up in a fictional novel is my bread and butter.

That being said, this is the second novel in The Lacey Chronicles by Eve Edwards. The first, The Other Countess, was filled with love, loss, and all the intricate details of court life during Elizabethan England. However, the majority of that nov...more
H. Shar
Dec 30, 2011 H. Shar rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
Shelves: historical
Rating: 3.5 stars

Gosh, I dunno why I took so long to finish this one. I think it might be due to the lack of encounters and witty dialogue between the main characters. But overall, I really did like this one. I am becoming a huge fan of Eve Edwards' writing. Her style is so befitting of this era, it has the ability to immediately transport me so it's easy for me to get 'into' the book, even when I picked it up after a while.

The story is a continuation of the first book in the Lacey series. But...more
Lady Jane Revaulx's husband dies and she begins service as a Queen's Lady with Queen Elizabeth. She is thrilled to hear that James Lacey is attending court. She was in love with him despite being courted by his older brother before eventually marrying her previous husband.

James is attending court in preparation for a surveying journey to the America's. He meets Jane at a buffet with the Queen and at first is horrified to see her. She dropped his brother when courting and married a man with a hi...more
Rebecca- Books
This is more of a 4.5 out of 5.

This is the last of my Pre-Order rampage on the Waterstone's website. Okay, so I am obsessive over the types of books I read and am afraid to buy actual books with my own money in case I don't like them or I read them once.
Anyway. This is the sequel to Eve Edward's amazing first novel in the series, The Other Countess, about the Lacey family set in the 16th Century under the rule of Elizabeth I. The Other Countess was amazing and is one of my favourite books. Eve...more
Last year I read and thoroughly enjoyed Eve Edward's debut novel, The Other Countess (Review here) and was more than a little excited to see a sequel planned. Having finally just finished I can say that excitement wasn't in vain. Reading The Queen's Lady was like slipping into a comfy and familiar pair of slippers and once again Eve Edward's evocative writing whisked me away into the world of Queen Elizabeth I's court and Tudor England.

The Queen's Lady focuses on the story of Lady Jane Rievaulx...more
Leanne Bell
This is the second in The Lacey Chronicles and just as amazing as the first. Though I still maintain that living in this century probably would have resulted in me locked in the tower for offending some noble, you can't deny the escapism and realism that this series provides.
The fact is that Eve Edwards writes with skill and in such a way I was able to pick this up and immediately lose myself in the story of a character whose story actually started in the previous book.

Lady Jane drew me in on s...more
I've been looking forward to reading the Lacey Chronicles books from Eve Edwards for a long time. But as someone who doesn't like to buy books from overseas, I forced myself to wait patiently until the books were release in the U.S. After I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, The Other Countess, which I won just a few weeks ago from a Twitter contest, I was thrilled that the sequel, The Queen's Lady was already available on NetGalley for review.

The Queen's Lady follows the story of...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Eve Edwards is a historical fiction lover's dream! In 'The Queen's Lady' she combines rich sumptuous period detail with a spellbinding love story and lovingly crafted characters.

The story focuses on Lady Jane Rievaulx, who is now a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth. She was first introduced as a peripheral character in 'The Other Countess, but here gets to take centre stage. She believes that she may at last have found some small comfort and security in the Queen's court, until she finds herse...more
Rachel Harris
Oh my word, did I love this book. Everything about this story was beautiful: the writing, the characters, the language, the setting. THE QUEEN’S LADY hits all the sweet spots, managing to be Historical, yet uniquely contemporary in approach and relatability; Intimate in point of view, yet third person with a variety of narrators; Suspenseful, yet full of romance; Earnest and full of heart, yet laugh out loud and grin like an idiot funny. Eve Edwards had me from page one and didn’t let go until T...more
Franny (Mind Reader)
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Jun 19, 2011 Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: thoose who enjoy historic romance
Edwards' occasional use of farce and wit enlighten the mood of this story. Bringing to life many fascinating characters and different personalities, she brings a new view on how one judges others through appearances.

I did enjoy the story, the protagonist Jane and the idea of her getting her own 'knave in shining Armour', but this book took me a much longer time than expected to read. I did not particularly enjoy the idea of the 'hero' being weak - to the point at which he cries and cannot face r...more
Once again Eve Edwards has wrote another great addition to the series - all with beautiful descriptions and wonderful historical detailings. From the rich descriptions of costumes to the vivid scenes of Tudor times, Eve Edwards has become one of my favourite authors. And while THE QUEEN'S LADY wasn't as strong as her first novel, The Other Countess, but with my love of history, romance, and an interest in the England/Tudor times, THE QUEEN'S LADY has impressed me.

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Thanks to netgalley for providing this book!

Note to people who are going to read this: Read The Other Countess first is you can, its not essential but it helps you understand alot.

The Queen's lady is, in a way, a follow up of the Other Countess. Both books in this series are quite enjoyable and the author provides a setting which really does help the reader feel like they are living in this time.

I recommend reading this novel as it has a great character and is quite imaginative. It's not reall...more

Overall I felt the book was pretty good. It had some romance, suspenseful scenes, and enough humor to get me through the book without wanting to rip my head off. I don't think I'd recommend this book to anyone I know though, not because it was bad (because it wasn't really), but because it lacked that certain book characteristic that makes you think "I NEED to recommend this to my friend."

This was the first book I read in this series even though it's the second one written. While reading, p...more
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I trully loved the magic in this book.

I knew what to expect but I didn't? The end was clear but the journey not, and that was exhilarating!

And we get to listen to the Queen!

I didn't expect 'The Queen's Lady' to be as good as the first in the 'The Lacey Chronicles' series, 'The Other Countess'. But it really was!!

A good touching book to hold in your heart.
Tym razem autorka przybliża losy młodszego z braci Lacey – Jamesa oraz lady Jane. Poprzednia część nie pozostawiła złudzeń, że tych dwoje zapałało do siebie głębszym uczuciem, jednak po raz kolejny młodzi będą musieli stawić czoła wielu przeszkodom. James, targany demonami przeszłości decyduje się na ryzykowną podróż do wybrzeży Ameryki Północnej. W czasie jego nieobecności, Jane podstępem zostaje zmuszona do niechcianego mariażu z francuskim lordem, a nieobecność ukochanego pozostawia ją bezsil...more
This is the second book in the Lacey series. I liked this book, but not as much as the first book in the series. I will say though that this author really makes you feel like you are in the setting of the late 1500's in England. There are some evil villains that really show how powerless women were at the time.

This book is geared for young adults and I would recommend it for older teens (16 and up) because of some sexual innuendo in the book. The book is also frank about the morality of the tim...more
It was good, but not as good as the first book.
Tina (yAdultReview)
Originally published at Nose in a Book

So this one is a like like The Other Countess in plot; Jane pines for James, James doesn’t realize it, et cetera. Jane seems more relateable since we last saw her, and James has PTSD like crazy from witnessing the Spanish slaughter of the Dutch. Will, who is now a father, wants to send James to the New World to clear his head and expand the Laceys’ interests. Jane is a widow in an Anna Nicole Smith situation-her much older stepsons are intimidating her and e...more
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I've decided that I really enjoy historical fiction series that follow a family. You get a new story, but yet don't lose the characters from the previous book. And since this is set in my favorite time period, it hoped to be a win-win situation.

I really loved Lady Jane in this book. I wasn't sure what we would get from her, since her character was a little harsh in the first book. But, I think the events from that lead to were she is today. She knows what she wants and what she doesn't. She rea...more
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Originally featured on, reviewed by Kiona

Before Jane Rievaulx’s elderly husband passes away, he secures a place for Jane as one of the Queen’s ladies as a way to protect her from his spiteful sons and her selfish family. The last person Jane expects to see at court is James Lacey, the brother of her ex-fiance and the man she still finds herself madly attracted to. Though James feels as if Jane has betrayed his family, he can’t help the feelings she reignites in him. Still, even i...more
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Eve Edwards has a doctorate from Oxford University and thinks researching a large part of the fun for writing historical fiction. She has visited Tudor houses, attended jousts and eaten Elizabethan banquets to get the sights, sounds and tastes right for this book. And, yes, she can testify that it is possible to eat neatly without the modern invention of the fork. She lives in Oxford and is marrie...more
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