(From the publisher):
Spring 1449. Lately widowed and still grieving for her husband, Cristiana Helyngton finds her life wrenched apart by her late husband's greedy and ambitious relatives, who are determined to have control of her lands and her daughters. Kidnapped, defamed, and imprisoned in a nunnery, she must find a way to save herself before she can save her children.
For Dame Frevisse of St. Frideswide's nunnery, Cristiana is at first simply a duty among others, a puzzle but nothing more. Then questions rise and troubles deepen and turn deadly. Beyond the holy peace of St. Frideswide's, England is being drawn toward civil war by a struggle between the corrupt men who hold power around the king and those who oppose them. Frevisse's cousin Lady Alice is married to the duke of Suffolk, the man closest to that royal power. Cristiana's brother Sir Gerveys, seeking his vanished sister, is loyal to Suffolk's rival, the duke of York. Cristiana, to secure her freedom and save her daughters, must use a secret entrusted to her by her husband as he was dying - but it is a secret that could bring down those lords nearest the king and destroy, rather than save, those most dear to her.
Drawn into trouble far deeper than it first seemed, Frevisse must decide where her loyalties lie - to her cousin, to the truth - or to England's peace. And whatever she chooses, in the end her help may be of little use against the ruthless men threatened by the secret on which all of Cristiana's hopes depend.
Original title: The Widow's Tale
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Amateur
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles→ England