by Chelsea Lane

January 2002
ISBN: 0-595-22786-4
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This is Elizabeth Fitzgerald’s story. Her mother, Callah, brings her up. When her mother dies, Elizabeth is given a letter to take to deliver into the hands of King Henry VIII. Along the way to London, Sir Nicholas Carver, who offers to escort her to London, rescues her from robbers.

This story began quite simply and I looked forward to an enjoyable romantic read. I was delighted to discover that this book offered a lot more than a simple romance.

It is set in during a fascinating time in England’s history and historical facts are expertly woven around the fictional story the author has written. The intrigues and petty jealousies that were a feature of life at the court of King Henry make a wonderful read.

When the reader discovers the true identity of Elizabeth the plot thickens and the pace moves even faster. Nicholas is totally besotted by Elizabeth but does not want a commitment and Elizabeth herself finds the attitude of the men she meets very disappointing. While she is attracted to Nicholas, she is afraid to get involved with a known rake.

There is great danger and many enemies before Elizabeth can find any true happiness. She also has to suffer much heartache. But all this adds to the quality of the book and proves to me that Chelsea Lane is a very talented author who researched her historical period with great care.

The characters in the story are well thought out and each one blends together well. The ones created by Chelsea Lane become so real they too could have been some of the historic figures from King Henry VIII era. The Hand Of Fate is a truly wonderful read.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Mary.

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