The river was as calm as I had ever seen it. Ordinarily, the tide would be wild by this time of year, and woe unto any many unfortunate enough to fall into the fierce currents of the Thames. Tonight the tides were still, and the surface of the water appeared glassy. When I peered down into the dark depths, I saw my tired, drawn face wavering in the reflection. I quickly turned away as I fought back a wave of nausea, frightened by the anguish I saw there.
“Only a few moments more, my lady, the Tower is just ahead.”
Jane Parker never dreamed her marriage into the Boleyn family would raise her star to such dizzying heights. Before long, she finds herself as trusted servant and confidante to her sister-in-law, Anne Boleyn—King Henry VIII’s second queen. On a gorgeous spring day, that golden era is cut short by the swing of a sword. Jane is unmoored by the tragic death of her husband, George, and the loss sets her on a reckless path leading to her own imprisonment in the Tower of London. Surrounded by the remnants of her former life, Jane must come to terms with her actions. In the Tower, she will face up to who she really is and how everything went so wrong.
“An absorbing story that draws you into a vividly created world.” —Amy Licence, best-selling author and historian
“Jane is compassionately and meticulously drawn and given a voice that is vibrant, sometimes poignant and sometimes irrational, but always enticing to the reader.” —Historical Novel Society Reviews
“A story that tells poignantly of the frailty of the human condition and makes us wonder what we would do in similar circumstances.” —Wendy J. Dunn, award-winning author of the Falling Pomegranate Seeds series