Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ladies in Waiting by Laura L. Sullivan

Publisher:  Harcourt
Date:  May 8, 2012
ISBN:  978-0547581293
Pages:  336

I was surprised that this was listed as a YA book, I would definitely save it for the older end of the group.

The story is set in the court of Charles II.  There are three new ladies-in-waiting, all named Elizabeth.  They are:

Eliza - daughter of a wealthy noble, she wants to be a playwright
Beth - penniless and beautiful
Zabby - a foreign scholar, she ends up in court accidentally

Now, from the cover, I really thought it was going to be some sort of modern version or something.  The girls seem dressed in period, but look modern. Know what I mean?  It is a story of friendship, the girls do come across as typical girls really.  Their voices are quite different, which is nice.  There is actually a lot of talk about the King and his mistresses, their rivalries and general lustiness.  While that is stuff that really happened in court, I don't think that the younger end of our YA group probably needs to read about it just yet.

The writing is good, but the story runs a bit slow.

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