• by Katherine Longshore
  • Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty is now caught between two men - the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.


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Gilt-y (almost) Pleasure

Look at that cover... it intrigued me, I must say. Knowing nothing about this book but the cover I purchased it... Like chosing your present for Christmas based on the packaging I guess...but I digress.

Gilt, tells the story of the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, Cat, from the point of view of her friend, Kitty Tylney. The two girls were raised together from the age of six in the household of the Duchess of Norfolk. Cat is beautiful, popular and selfish, and lords over the rest of the girls at the school. Kitty is not that pretty and less outgoing... but considers being taken under Cat's wing/being Cat's best friend an honor. She is very greatful to her and considers her family----and ultimately would do anything for her.

While definitly part romance---at it's core this book is a coming-of-age story. It is about Kitty realizing who she is and wants to be. And how choices have consequences.

This is told with modern language---which didn't bother me in the least---but is definitly of note.

My annoyance with this book comes with how Cat piles onto Kitty... and Kitty just takes it. I understand that there is nothing that Kitty can do about it---since Cat is her superior in birth/rank... but, the modern language..... I can't put my finger on it. But it's annoying. Because I want Kitty so badly to defend herself.

I would read another in this series. In particular I want the author to expand on what happens to Kitty at the end.

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- Amazon Customer "I am an adult who loves a good YA read---but really I just love an engrossing story. If it pulls me in and I can't stop reading-I'm happy!"

Absolutely loved it!

What made the experience of listening to Gilt the most enjoyable?

The reader was fabulous! And the story was fun! I'm not normally a Historical Fiction fan but this book made me learning history fun.

Who was your favorite character and why?

William was a fun romance and Kitty was a fabulous main character.

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

Probably Cat (Catherine Howard). She played her snobby character quite well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

For sure!

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- M. Herbert "bookluvrmindy"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-15-2012
  • Publisher: Listening Library