Taken from Goodreads:
When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court, she’s thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat’s shadow, Kitty’s now caught between two men—the object of her affection and the object of her desire. 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.
I requested this book from netgalley as it sounded like an interesting read plus I am a sucker for any historical fiction especially if it is set during the Tudor period.
Gilt has me hooked from the first page and I read it in just over a day, only putting it down for things that could not be avoided such as work.
The relationship between Cat Howard and Kitty Tylney was a strange one. I felt throughout the book Cat was only using Kitty to help her get out of situations or cover her secrets (which she had many).
Gilt is a debut novel but it does not read like a debut novel. The writing style of the author is well evolved and was a pleasure to read. The novel flowed particularly well however the language used as times was perhaps out-of-place. I hardly see them saying ‘shut up’ in Tudor times. This was the only flaw I found within the novel.
Overall this was an enjoyable read and you can tell the author has done a lot of research into the Tudor period though the setting of the novel, if only the language was 100% accurate for the time period this would have been an excellent novel. I have heard that this is the first in a series of books and I am looking forward to reading the next installment.