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Reviewed by Sadiyah Bhamjee for Readers' Favorite
With a Yorkist husband and a Lancastrian family, Lady Elysabeth St. John is caught between two sides of the war for the crown. In 1470 Lady Elysabeth becomes godmother to Edward V and she is thrown into the middle of political turmoil. Centered around historical events, such as the death of King Edward IV, this novel draws the reader into the epic-style stories of medieval times. Look out for one of England’s historical mysteries as the plot thickens with deception, betrayal, and love. Whether you love history or just a good story, The Godmother’s Secret will captivate you. Using a historical figure with the same name as the narrator, Elizabeth St. John pays attention to detail that adds more magic and fun to this brilliant novel.
The Godmother’s Secret is beautifully written with a careful balance of fiction and fact made possible thanks to Elizabeth St. John’s meticulous research. The descriptions are breathtaking and well-placed. The blend of action, introspection, and drama is perfect. I loved that I did not always agree with Elysabeth. It made her character more human with independent decisions and thoughts and not simply the lovable storyteller. The other characters are also carefully fleshed out and masterfully imagined from the past. St. John has carefully added individual characteristics and behavior that breathes life into every person along the road and it made for a marvelous read. St. John’s experience as a brilliant novelist shines through in this flawless story that took me on a magical journey into the past. The only complaint I have is that it ended too soon. I can’t wait to get my hands on St. John's other work, The Lydiard Chronicles.