The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd ~ Review

The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr

My Review: A sweeping historical novel of the little known Kateryn Parr.

We've all heard about Henry VIII and his six wives, and we know about his first and second wives Katherine (or Catherine) of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, but what do we know of Henry VIII's sixth and final wife, Kateryn Parr? If you read this book you'll find out.

The Secret Keeper is another book to add to my exclusive favorites pile, rich with real-life characters and full of intrigue The Secret Keeper is everything and more than I expected.
I loved being able to sit back and seep into another time and place, a world of power, secrets, and rarest of all true love.
I absolutely loved Ms. Byrd's attention to detail and how she brought a character so often tucked away into the back round to the forefront, through the eyes of Juliana St. John. I knew that there was alot going on in the court of Henry VIII during the time he was married to Anne Boleyn, but I never guessed how dangerous it was even in the time of Kateryn Parr!
I was absorbed into the era through the eyes and ears of Juliana, a young woman who had secrets of her own. I came to be so invested in the tale that I read it all in two sittings, only because my mother insisted I go to sleep!
I loved getting to know Kateryn better, and learning more about the time between Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth. The Secret Keeper is a lush historical read, that gripped me in a strangle-hold from beginning to end, and that I HIGHLY recommend to anyone looking for a fully engrossing read.

Many thanks to Sandra Byrd and Howard Publishers for providing me with this copy of The Secret Keeper in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


  1. Great review Faye!! I felt the same way about this book. It has become one of my favorites as well. Sandra really gets you caught up in the story, doesn't she? I can't wait for the one about Queen Elizabeth!! Hope you're having fun on your vacation! Megan

  2. Thank you, Megan! I wasn't sure if Elizabeth would be next or not, but now that I know that it is I'm really looking forward to it! Thanks!

  3. Great review Faye! I can't wait to read this one. :)

  4. Thank you, Faye! I am delighted that you loved it. Have a fantastic vacation!


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