In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free– and love comes at the highest price of all. When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard. Gilt by Katherine Longshore – review. ‘If you like historical fiction then I would recommend it entirely’. Ellathebookworm. Tue 9 Apr Kitty Tylney has always followed her best friend Cat. Cat is larger than life, full of ridiculous plans and plots, the self-titled Queen of Misrule. Cat wants nothing.

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Cat, in this depiction, wants to be remembered as more than just a Howard and to be adored by men and women of higher birth than she.

I’ll start off with the supporting cast, which, in my opinion, really helped this book to become how good it is. Gilt by Katherine Longshore. Katherine also captured the setting and the characters so wonderfully.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. It’s an abusive relationship wherein Kitty is the victim. Kitty made sure to make it happen.

As the pair grow up together at Lambeth, Kitty is privy to all of Cat’s darkest secrets -secrets that could undo her at court.

UK Australia Add to your Goodreads shelf! She, like Anne Boleyn, fell so quickly. It just wasn’t what I was hoping for or expecting, so for me, it was just okay. Don’t even get me started on the rage I feel about how men could rape any woman they wanted to and claim that she wanted it, so obviously it’s her fault. Gilt may not be the perfect book to represent the historical era portrayed in the book, but it was the perfect book for me at the right time. Product details Age Range: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.


Guys, I was rooting for them all the way, even though he had his moments of not-so-goodness. I read about half in a sitting.

I’m sure their personalities weren’t the same in real life as portrayed in this book, but it still made for good entertainment. It’s not that it was bad, but I think I was expecting a bit more from these scenes — although I did enjoy the ‘practicing’ part.

Gilt by Katherine Longshore

Lists with This Book. At university, she created her own major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications, planning to travel and write. Kitty is an exploration of emotional abuse, so don’t expect two dominant females clashing over the upper hand in their friendship. Mary Hooper is one of my favourite writers in the teen historical genre, so fans of this might enjoy Fallen Grace.

I read to escape out of the norm, and sad is not a place I want to visit voluntarily. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat’s meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.


Unsure what to rate this yet but holy damn sweet baby jesus! The two girls were raised together from the age of six in the household of the Duchess of Norfolk. When it comes to Cat, when it comes to William, when it comes to Edmund, when it comes to everything else. She’s not content to dally with Francis Dereham and be the most important girl in the middle of nowhere forever.

But being Queen is not all that Cat hoped it would be. I think it’s the mark of a truly amazing author who can make her passion for the subject matter come alive for a reader — any reader — whether they happen to share that passion or not.

That seems unfair to say, but oh well.

Gilt by Katherine Longshore – review

Cat is ambitious however, believing herself to be the true Howard in the household. There’s nothing to it.

She’s single-white-female-ing her without knowing it, a woman trapped in a girl’s body as she’s ignored by the courtiers who fawn over her friend. And really, it probably tastes better.

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