This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
The Stolen One
by Suzanne Crowley
Publication Release Date: June 30, 2009
Set in Elizabethan England, this novel tells of 16-year-old Kat, who has grown up in a country cottage under the care of a foster mother. After her death, Kat goes to London in hopes of learning her parents’ identities. There she is taken under the wing of Queen Elizabeth I, and soon a rumor swirls through court that Kat’s mother is the queen herself. The mystery of Kat’s past is intertwined with the always-involving question of whether her heart lies with one of the handsome rogues at court or with a young farmer back home. Interspersed with Kat’s first-person narration are passages from a secret journal, written years before. Though readers unfamiliar with Tudor history may find themselves lost at times, particularly in the journal entries, all becomes clear in the concluding chapters. An author’s note identifies historical details that inspired the novel. Historical-fiction fans will find Kat a strong, engaging heroine and her story a compelling one.