Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review of The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd

Title: The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr

Author: Sandra Byrd

Series: It’s the second book about a wife of Henry VIII
Chapters: 20

Pages: 330

Genre: Christian Historical fiction

Rating: 5 stars

     Juliana St. John finds herself a lady in waiting to Lady Latimer Kateryn Parr.  For the first time in her life Juliana finds a place to belong. Juliana has visions that caused her mother to label her a witch. Juliana thanks to her father has had a fine education. She can read both English and Latin as well as speak both languages. Juliana ended up in Kateryn’s household because Thomas Seymour put in a good word for Juliana.
     Kateryn wants educated young woman in her household, but more importantly those who share her faith. Kateryn Parr is of the reformed faith. Juliana follows Kateryn to court when Henry orders Kateryn, what both Kateryn and Juliana do not realize the danger that they are both end. Even though the novel is about Kateryn Parr and Juliana St. John, but the novel is told from Juliana’s point of view, it is mostly how Juliana reacts to what goes on with Henry and Kateryn.
     Juliana hopes to find a new life at court and maybe a new love, will she find both with James Hart? Or will Juliana have to return home and marry the man her mother and guardian want her to marry?
     I enjoyed The Secret Keeper better than I did Too Die For, but I think that is because Kateryn Parr has always been my favorite out of all of Henry VIII’s wives.  Sandra Byrd has done it again. I hope that she has another novel of Henry VIII’s wives in the future. I recommend this book to anyone who loves Tudor history and Christian Historical fiction.

I was given a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. Great review! I loved To Die For and can't wait to start this one. So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Thank you very much for choosing my book off of Netgalley - I appreciate it and I'm glad you liked it so much!

    1. I always loved Tudor history especially the Henry VIII's wives. Mostly Anne Boleyn and Kathryn Parr. I loved how in To Die For you put Anne Boleyn in a more favorable light, most author's paint her as the villain. I think that there was more to Anne Boleyn's story than meets the eye and what history wants us to believe.