Thursday, January 19, 2012
Ladies in Waiting by Laura L. Sullivan
Date: May 8, 2012
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.