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To Shield the Queen by Fiona Buckley
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Although still married to Amy, Sir Robert Dudley is courting Queen Elizabeth. This does not sit well with members of the court, nor those in the kingdom still wanting to bring back their “catholic” monarchy. Enter Ursula Blanchard, a newly widowed young mother in dire straits needing to financially look after herself and her daughter. She takes a position as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth and ends up caring for Amy Dudley, in order to dispel rumors that Dudley is slowly poisoning his wife to free himself for Elizabeth. Treachery and murder abound and Ursula finds herself in the role of investigator, sadly, to the detriment of her own love life.

This is a well written book that will appeal to readers of historical fiction, especially fans of Phillippa Gregory and Arianna Franklin.

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