Jane Seymour is a shy, dutiful fifteen-year-old when her eldest brother, Edward, brings his bride home to Wolf Hall. Katherine Filliol is the perfect match for Edward, as well as being a breath of fresh air for the Seymour family, and Jane is captivated by the older girl. Over the course of a long, hot country summer, the two become close friends and allies, while Edward is busy building alliances at court and advancing his career.
However, only two years later, the family is torn apart by a dreadful allegation made by Edward against his wife. The repercussions for all the Seymours are incalculable, not least for Katherine herself. When Jane is sent away, to serve Katharine of Aragon, she is forced to witness another wife being put aside, with terrible consequences. Changed forever by what happened to Katherine Filliol, Jane comes to understand that in a world where power is held entirely by men, there is a way in which she can still hold true to herself.
Thank you to Little Brown UK for surprising me with a Hardback copy of the book. Every now and then, I love diving head first into a Historical novel.
The narrative is split into four sections; Milk Moon, Fruit Moon, Wolf Moon and Heyday – from the first page, I wondered about why the book had been divided and what these names meant. Over time, you do eventually learn. The language, at times, was difficult to understand and I found myself having to reread a couple of sentences several times.
If you’re reading this and you LOVE History, then this is a perfect book for you. It’s just like reading a History text book – it felt that realistic. With the strong and vivid descriptions, I really got into the narrative and enjoyed it.