This was a fast easy read. However, the book didn't portray Queen Elizabeth in a good light. Lettie was about the only strong character, I thought in this book. This story is about Lettie Knollys -Queen Elizabeth cousin-the only women to stand up to Elizabeth. Lettie Knollys secretly marries Robert Dudley and the Queen basically tries too make Lettie's life hell for doing so. I enjoy reading about Tudor England and I felt that this book really didn't portray Tudor England in the way we normally read about. But...having said that, overall it was an interesting read. The plot was good, but could have been a little stronger. So I gave it three stars.