This book is third in the Lucy Morgan series, starring the author’s interpretation of the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets as a black Lady-in-Waiting to Elizabeth I. It’s advertised as a drama with romance, and I was very much looking forward to reading it. What a premise! Don’t worry if you haven’t read “The Queen’s Secret” or “His Dark Lady”, the author engages us with a whole new story and full descriptions of who we see where and why.
Lucy Morgan is a woman living at court surrounded by glittering ladies, strutting courtiers, and inescapable political intrigue. Lucy is the ward of Master Goodluck, a master spy often working away to further England’s interests, and she is secretly in a love affair with William Shakespeare who is married to someone else. Other familiar faces abound: Kit Marlowe, Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester, even Sir Walter Raleigh; it’s like a who’s who of interesting historical people.