The world knows Ophelia as Hamlet’s troubled lover; but behind Shakespeare’s tragedy stands a real woman: this is her story . . .
The second novel in the new historical fiction series from the bestselling author of the Queens of Conquest, Joanna Courtney’s new trilogy unearths the real women behind Shakespeare’s most infamous queens.
If you love Elizabeth Chadwick and Anne O’Brien you will adore Joanna Courtney.
What readers are saying about Joanna Courtney: ‘I was hooked from the very first page and didn’t want to put it down. Joanna Courtney is a new talent in the world of historical fiction and one that I would highly recommend. I look forward to reading more by this fantastic author’ Bookbabblers
‘A strong sense of atmosphere and place and time. I really got into the story, in fact I was so gripped by it at one point that I missed my bus. It was a really good, exciting, read. I cannot wait to read the next two books’ Michelle Birkby, author of The House at Baker Street
‘Amazing’ Miranda Dickinson
‘A glorious, rich, epic story of love, friendship and sacrifice which will sweep you up and transport you to another time. I absolutely loved this and can’t wait for the next book in the series’ Rachael Lucas, author of Sealed With A Kiss and Coming Up Roses
‘An absorbing and emotional debut novel’ Candis magazine
‘A beautifully written multi layered tale with a tremendously authentic sense of place and time . . . highly recommended’ LizLovesBooks
‘The story reaches a heart-rending climax. A must read. I loved it’ Freda Lightfoot, author of The Amber Keeper
‘With lovely writing and a terrific sense of narrative drive, Joanna Courtney portrays an era of change through a story about a long forgotten Queen [and] a heroine who inhabits a convincingly re-created historical world, peopled with personalities whose lives leap from the page. Superb!’ Carol McGrath, author of The Daughters of Hastings trilogy
‘An outstanding opening to this new series set to rival historical fiction heavyweights like Philippa Gregory and Susanna Dunn’ Lisareadsbooks