In the Tudor age, ambition, power and charismatic allure are essential and Catherine Howard has plenty of all three. Not to mention her loyal best friend, Kitty Tylney, to help cover her tracks. Kitty, the abandoned youngest daughter of minor aristocracy, owes everything to Cat—where she is, what she is, even who she is. Friend, flirt, and self-proclaimed Queen of Misrule, Cat reigns supreme in a loyal court of girls under the none-too-watchful eye of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.
When Cat worms her way into the heart of Henry VIII and becomes Queen of England, Kitty is thrown into the intoxicating Tudor Court. It's a world of glittering jewels and elegant costumes, of gossip and deception. As the Queen's right-hand-woman, Kitty goes from the girl nobody noticed to being caught between two men—the object of her affection and the object of her desire.
But the atmosphere of the court turns from dazzling to deadly, and Kitty is forced to learn the difference between trust and loyalty, love and lust, secrets and treason. And to accept the consequences when some lessons are learned too late.
"A substantive, sobering historical read, with just a few heaving bodices."
"...royally riveting for the reader."
"A more literary version of Gossip Girl overlaid onto 16th-century England . . . In modern times, Cat would most likely be a cheerleader; the king, captain of the football team. But the royal backdrop with historical underpinnings makes a far more interesting story."
—The Los Angeles Times
"Longshore takes readers into the dangerous and enchanting circle of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII . . . this book's look into courtly intrigue will delight teen readers." Four stars
"This is an enjoyable novel to recommend to girls interested in history, love, and betrayal."
"I found my new favorite series . . . see for yourself why I couldn't put the book down."
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Hardcover, May 2012, ISBN-13: 9780670013999
Speak, Paperback, May 2013, ISBN-13: 978-0142426197