With the court of King Charles II as the backdrop, the three Elizabeth’s are all trying to navigate their own lives while serving the queen. It was an interesting time in English history as England recovered from a bloody civil war that resulted in the execution of Charles I and the undercurrent of religious conflict between the Church of England and the Catholic Church raged on. I was very interested to read a YA book that all of the complicated history and showed a small part of it through the eyes of teenagers.
I liked the diverse interests and personalities that the three protagonists had, but a few aspects of the book weighed it down. The constant switching back and forth between the three stories became a little confusing after a while. I also thought that plots regarding the King’s mistresses could have been their own book and distracted from some of the other plot points. While I appreciated the interests that each girl had and their desire to follow their dreams, I also found their interactions to be somewhat anachronistic. I’m not sure I really buy the idea that a group of girls would band together to help a queen in a very precarious situation within a notoriously cut-throat court. Despite that, it was an entertaining book with lively characters and an interesting historical setting.
I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.