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Ordered by Queen Elizabeth to retrieve a casket of letters, Lord Will Steele and Lady Nell Amesley set out on a dangerous adventure that takes them through France and leads them to passionate love
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Written in the style of a modern romance but set against the backdrop of Tudor England, this novel lacks sufficient sense of time and place to give readers a feel for the period. Lady Nellanor, a noble beauty at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, loses both her husband and her celebrated guardian, Lord Dudley, within the space of a few months. An orphan whose birth is shrouded in mystery, she had anticipated receiving her inheritance from Dudley, a casket containing information pertaining to her parentage. Dudley's widow, however, realizing that the letters include matters of political significance, sells them to envoys of Prince Philip of Spain. Sent to retrieve the cache by a furious Queen Elizabeth, Lady Nellanor and Lord William Steele are promised a rich reward if they succeed; death if they fail. In the adventures that befall them, they must choose between their growing love for each other and their loyalty to the Queen. Though the plot is intriguing, the two central characters are poorly developed. Plenty of lusty bed scenes and fast pacing may redeem the novel for romance readers.
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Osborne adds a twist of her own to the Elizabeth I-Robert Dudley tales, producing a suspenseful, interesting novel. The time is 1588, shortly after the death of Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Queen Elizabeth's deep grief is shared by Dudley's young ward, Lady Nellanor Amesley, herself recently widowed. Shrewd and strong-willed, Nell knows nothing of her parentage but feels a silver casket promised her by Dudley may hold a clue. The Queen also wants the casket, but Dudley's widow has sold it to agents from Spain. Elizabeth commissions Nell and Will Steele, Duke of Brampton, to retrieve the casket unopened. Each has much to gain if they succeed, much to lose if they do not. Will and Nell are initially at odds but predictably are drawn together during their adventures. Recommended. Ellen Kaye Stoppel, Drake Univ. Law Lib., Des Moines
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Book Description William Morrow & Co, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1987. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Seller Inventory # 003723
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