The Secret Keeper (Ladies in Waiting #2)
The author of To Die For returns to the court of Henry VIII, as a young woman is caught between love and honor. 
Juliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight in Marlborough. Though her family wants her to marry the son of her father's business partner, circumstances set her on a course toward the court of Henry VIII and his last wife, Kateryn, or Katherine Parr.
     Sir Thomas Seymour, uncle of the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his business with Juliana's father's estate and sees instantly that she would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in the Parr household for "finishing" and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly. For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king's daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.
    As Juliana learns the secrets of King Henry VIII's court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will upset everything she thought she once held dear.

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  • Anne Harvey
    Dec 9, 2016

    Anne Harvey

    I seem to be living more in the past with my reading matter these days – perhaps no bad thing with the way things are going in the world! In this novel about Katherine Parr, I was able to lose myself in the last days of Henry VIII, with its attendant political upheaval. Perhaps no...

  • Sue
    Nov 28, 2016


    Too much imagined dialogue. ...

  • Sydney
    Mar 31, 2015


    This story is about Katherine Parr as told from the view point of Juliana, a young women that is placed in the Parr household to assist Katherine, or Kate as her friends call her. Juliana becomes good and fast friends with Kate and assists her not only with her wardrobe, but in keeping...

  • Steph
    Dec 4, 2012


    (4.5 stars)I'll give this book one of the highest compliments I can bestow on a novel ... it kept me up until late in the night, wanting to finish it. :-)This author took a gap in what is known about Tudor England and wove a satisfying, well-crafted story around it. She also created an...

  • Kelsea Dawn Hume
    Nov 1, 2012

    Kelsea Dawn Hume

    In this steady historical fiction, a prophetic and devout reformer helps Kateryn Parr survive the court of her unwanted husband, Henry VIII.My feelings about this book are complicated. The plot was tended to plod on, only to be spiced up by a rape, which I have a big problem with. I am...

  • Stephanie
    Aug 9, 2012


    The Secret Keeper is the first of Sandra Byrd’s books I’ve read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sandra brings a new and rare story of Katheryn Parr. She is a person in English history that I have not read much about and now I’m intrigued by her. This story is told by Julian...

  • Historical Tapestry
    Jul 21, 2012

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  • Carly
    Jul 11, 2012


    I have been a fan of Sandra Byrd since her French Twist series. When I first heard about her Tudor novel, To Die For, I was uncertain that I would like it. I thought it might have been boring and dry, but my goodness, was I wrong. I loved that book, actually that’s an understateme...

  • Sheree
    Jul 2, 2012


    4.5 stars I never seem to tire of the Tudor period but it's refreshing to be swept away with a unique perspective. The Secret Keeper is the story of Kateryn (Katherine) Parr through the eyes of fictional character Juliana St John.Juliana is an intelligent young woman with the spiritual...

  • Deborah
    Jun 25, 2012


    Sandra Byrd writes a captivating historical fiction with a solid spiritual base illuminated by the main character, Juliana St. John's propensity toward dreams foretelling the future. Miss St. John's invitation to Court to wait on Lady Kateryn Parr the eventual wife of Henry VIII and Qu...