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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.
©2012 Katherine Longshore (P)2012 Penguin
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By Reuven Nisser on 07-05-12

Good, but...

The author is wonderful. Her wrighting stile is much better than many other books I read. She just had the tuch for her Kitty. However, two things bothered me:
1. The facts which she used in the novel about Kittie's life do not match the facts I know. I won't list these facts here, because I feel it would spoil the book and I am not up to it.
2. Kittie began to grow up... But then she grue up pritty ocwardly. In the end, she refused all help and set out alone. She is optimistic, but a woman- espeshally in the 16th century- could hardly dair to contemplate such a thing. Society wouldn't let her!
The narrator is perfect. I really loved listening to her. And carichtors are very well presented (not only Cat.) They simply came to life for me: Cat, Alice, John, Mary, the duchess, Edmond, William, Thomas and sometimes even the king. If ms. Longshore will publish a second novel, I'll be among the first to read it and give an honest review.

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By T. on 06-11-12

Interesting Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Gilt to be better than the print version?

I have not had an opportunity to read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gilt?

The realization that Kitty and Cat made, at different moments in the book, that being a part of the royal court was not the wonderful experience that they invisoned as younger girls was memorable and gave the story depth.

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

My favorite character was Jennifer Ikeda's portrayal of Catherine Howard. She struck the right tone between the biting dismissiveness that she sometimes displayed, the innocence at being thrust into court, and the childlike insolence that she had when she didn't get her way.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I generally prefer historical fiction. I found this book interesting and enjoyable. It offered interesting layers to one of Henry VII's wives who is normally portrayed as just an adultress.

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