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Gilt by Katherine Longshore
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Jun 06, 12

Read from May 05 to June 05, 2012

Reading for Early Reviewers.
It was déjà vu for me reading Gilt, as I read The Confession Of Katherine Howard about this same time last year, also an early review. The Tudors continue to fascinate writers and readers, but how many times can the same story be told? Both books deal with the brief marriage of Henry VIII and his youngest wife Catherine Howard. Both are told from the point of view of Kitty Tylney, Cat's friend and lady-in-waiting. Both employ 21st century dialogue. But Gilt succeeds as a better story. Kitty struggles with being true to her friend and keeping secrets versus knowing that a crime has been committed, and this knowledge makes Kitty an accomplice. I like the play on words of the title: gilt/guilt. I also liked that the author makes Thomas Culpepper smarmy--I've never seen this characterization of him before and that was refreshing. Even though I knew how it would end, the narrative moved quickly and the ending was satisfying and true to life. Written for young adults.
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