11 November, 2014

City of Ladies by Sarah Kennedy Spotlight with Giveaway!!

by Sarah Kennedy
Publication date: October 21, 2014
Knox Robinson Publishing
 ISBN: 978-1-910282-09-0
Historical fiction; 6x9; $27.99
It’s midwinter in 1539, and former nun, Catherine Havens Overton, has just given birth to her second child, a daughter. The convent in which she was raised is now part of her husband's lands, lands that once belonged to Catherine's family. With a son, Robert, and her new daughter, Veronica, her life as the mistress of a great household should be complete.

But Henry VIII’s England has not been kind to many of the evicted members of religious houses. And in order to protect her old companions from the hostilities, Catherine has gathered about her a group of former nuns in hopes of providing them a chance to serve in the village of Havenston, her City of Ladies.

Catherine’s past haunts her. Her husband begins to suspect that Robert is not his child. Then the women of Overton House begin to disappear and one of them is found brutally murdered nearby. Seizing the moment, under the pretense of ensuring her safety, William forces Catherine to enter service at Hatfield House where the young Elizabeth Tudor lives.

Reluctantly, Catherine obeys, only to find herself serving not only the Protestant Elizabeth but also the shamed Catholic Mary Tudor. As the murders in Yorkshire continue to mount and her loyalty to the Tudor sisters grows more complicated, Catherine must uncover the secret of the killer and save her City of Ladies

“Having chosen William Overton, Catherine Havens Overton, in Book Two of the Cross and the Crown series, now struggles to manage her wifely duties in his house, where her extraordinary gifts in physic and healing are feared as witchcraft as well as sought after by all, creating a difficult and dangerous situation. Filled with drama, suspense, vivid scenes and larger-than-life characters, City of Ladies fast becomes impossible to put down….Kennedy is clearly as gifted as her main character, almost supernaturally at home in the 16th century as she combines the striking vocabulary of the time with her own poetic talents to create a rich and original tapestry of language. Such writing! Sarah Kennedy brings a lost world blazingly to life.”Lee Smith

“….In City of Ladies Kennedy takes her place with Daphne du Maurier, Anya Seton, Rosemary Sutcliff, and Hilary Mantel as writer of superb historical fiction.” —Suzanne Keen, author of Empathy and the Novel

 Sarah Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from Purdue University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.  The author of seven books of poems as well as The Altarpiece, book one in The Cross and the Crown series, she has received individual artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, as well as an award for scholarship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She teaches at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. Her website is http://sarahkennedybooks.wordpress.com/.

Offering one(1) copy of the book for giveaway. US/Canada only.
Please leave a comment letting me know, what is your favorite era in history or your favorite historical fiction novel if you have one. Giveaway starts November 11th - December 2nd. 


  1. I love reading of most historical times and settings, as long as a novel is engaging and convincing. Don't know if I could choose one favorite but Outlander and The Pillars of the Earth are certainly among my top choices. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Thank you for stopping by Nancy!

  3. Tis hard to choose just one era that I like most. I have read several books on the Tudors and the most recent was Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle - and it was about Lady Jane Grey's sisters who had to live much of their lives at court under the suspicious eye of Queen Elizabeth. It was an excellent book. I also enjoy ancient Greek historical fiction.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. My favorite historical era would have to be ancient Greece. Having said that however, my favorite historical novel of all time is The Count of Monte Cristo. I guess I'm a bit flexible when it comes to favorites. Thanks

  5. A winner has been chosen and it is Carl Scott!! Congrats and enjoy!



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