Publication Date: June 30, 2009
When her adoptive mother dies, Katherine Bab takes the chance she has been waiting for her whole life: she moves from her country village to London, to uncover the secret of who she really is. Before long, Kat has become the favorite of Queen Elizabeth herself, and rumors are swirling-could fiery-haired Kat be the secret daughter of the Virgin Queen. Kat's got plenty of other things to figure out, as well . . . such as how to choose between her childhood love and the two handsome men at court vying for her affections.
This smart, sensual novel drips with intrigue, period detail, and drama, and it will resonate with anyone who has ever longed to find his or her place in the world.
Character Development: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Total Score: 65/ 70
Cussing: Not at all (That I can remember)
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Wine drinking
Sexual Content: suggestive in conversation
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Abuse mentioned in conversation
Filled with love, deceit, mystery, and drama, this is an unforgettable and absolutely enchanting novel. Suzanne Crowley's expertly chosen words pull you into Elizabethan England where you will never want to leave.
All of the characters seem very three dimensional and believable. They are not absolutely perfect in every way. They make mistakes. They have secrets and feelings. This aspect is what pulls you into the novel, always wondering what will happen next, who will end up with whom, and what the real truth really is.
The power of the story-telling was that to which you will not question Kat’s unbelievable story. While reading The Stolen One it seems absolutely probable that a country girl with unknown heritage can make her way into the castle to become one of the Queen’s favorite companions and more.
My only complaint was that there were a bit too many death-bed conversations. But other than that… this book was amazing!