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The Queen's Lady

(The Lacey Chronicles #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,367 ratings  ·  153 reviews
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. However, James is setting sail on a treacherous journey to t
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Paperback, 324 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by Penguin (first published February 1st 2011)
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snowplum
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Basically, I would just re-direct you to my review for The Other Countess, the first in a series of books about the Lacey brothers, in which The Queen's Lady is second. It's good for the same reasons (those being that it's well written and pretty smart, the main characters are all quite likeable, the ending is happy, and there's some substantive content about broader social issues and the world) and weak in the same way (that it's a little bit problematic in its genre ambiguity -- being more ser ...more
ALPHAreader
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Tasha
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca
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
Lauren
Why do I do this to myself
That's it, that's the review
Vicki
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Rebecca
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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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
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Iffath
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Amanda
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Jessica
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
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
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Debbie 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
Lynnea
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Kirsty
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
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Fran
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Rose
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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H. Shar
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Emily (theBookishLounge)
2.5 stars

I felt quite disconnected from the story initially and didn’t know where the story was going. The book in general felt rushed and took a random turn. There’s also a new set of main characters. Initially, I basically disliked every male especially those greedy brothers. There was some good banter here and there but I felt bored a lot of the time.

There were many aspects of the Elizabethan era explored however, I felt they weren’t fleshed out enough and I couldn’t properly delve into the w
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Kristen Kooistra
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great second novel in the series. I enjoyed it a lot, though not as much as I loved the first book.

Jane is an AMAZING character. Too often the rich, pretty, girl who loves fashion and so on is portrayed in a negative light.

After flipping THAT idea on it's head in The Other Countess, we know get to see what happened to Jane after her selfless decision at the end of that book.

Jane's story starts with her by her husband's deathbed(yep, she got married between the books). In another great upheaval
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I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
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
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Erin
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Full review: http://talesofthein
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Leah
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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Savannah
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Indi
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.
vivj32
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it
It was good, but not as good as the first book.
Becca Housden
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
In this book we get to know the secondary characters in the first book of this series better, and explore the relationship that was hinted at in The Other Countess. The characters are once again interesting, well developed and likeable, and James's struggle with what he saw when at war, which although obviously not diagnosed, suggests PTSD and depression, is well written and strikes a sympathetic cord with the reader.
Jane's struggles too, with family troubles and gossip following her, allow us e
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Carissa
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
It just wasn’t as good as The Other Countess. Maybe it’s because I’ve been searching for this book for years, so I had high hopes. Or maybe it’s because it just fell flat a bit. I still enjoyed the book, but it won’t make it onto my “favorites” shelf next to Eve Edwards’s first book.
Molli
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Gayatri
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. However, James is setting sail on a treacherous journey to the Americas, seeking absolution for what he sees as past sins. But when Lady Jane is forced into a terrible situation by her ...more
Paperback Princess
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Romance
Recommended to Paperback Princess by: Book Chic City recommended "The Other Countess"
Shelves: reviewed, library
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In 1585 England, Lady Jane Rievaulx (previously known as Percival) arrives at the Queen's court as she takes up position as one of the Queen's Ladies. Her late Husband has ensured this position to keep his young widow safe from his older children.

Unfortunately the late Lord did not anticipate that Lady Jane's position would have her running into her family, the Percivals. No longer having the security and defence of
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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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