Kat has an independent spirit and fiery red hair. She is known for causing trouble and many in her village believe she will be a trouble maker the rest of her life. Most want nothing to do with her because of her mysterious past.
Things change for Kat when her foster mother dies. She, and her sister Anna go to London. Kat is hopeful she will find out who her real mother is and maybe find some adventure.
Once in London she is taken in by a wealthy woman and soon her amazing sewing skills catch the attention of Queen Elizabeth I. Elizabeth loves beautiful things and summons Kat to court where rumors begin to fly that Kat is Queen Elizabeth's daughter.
Kat tries to find out the true identity of her mother while becoming a servant to Queen Elizabeth. While at court she is confronted by people who want to destroy her and men who may not have honorable intentions. As the story unfolds Kat must decide where hear heart belongs. Should she marry one of the rogues at court or should she go back to her small village and marry a simple farmer?
The book is well written, and I enjoyed it a lot. This is Ms. Crowley's first historical fiction novel and I hope it is not here last. There are a lot of historical characters in the novel and I think a summary of each would have been helpful for those who do not know the time period. I enjoyed the direction this book went in. I thought I was going to read a predictable story about Queen Elizabeth and her lost daughter, but that was not the case. I recommend it for historical fiction fans and anyone who is interested in a good story that has mystery and love.