Eliza is the daughter of a rich merchant with dreams of bending the king’s ear. She dreams of being a playwright. Zabby grew up in Barbados with her scientific father and dreams of making discoveries. Beth is the daughter of impoverished nobility; raised at court by a crazy mother she dreams of a man she knew as a child. These three Elizabeths become ladies in waiting for Queen Catherine in the Court of Charles II. Together they learn the way of the court, they fall in love and they await their futures.
This was an interesting historical book. I like that the book was focused on the ladies, but I also enjoyed the court politics and the machinations of the court players. All three of the ladies were interesting and different. They all have dreams to strive for, but not all of them come to fruition. I like that not everyone gets a happy ending and we don’t know how they all turn out. After all, life is not a fairy tale.