I couldn't wait to receive this book about Katherine Parr. I have read about her in the past because of my absolute fascination with the Tudor Period. This book did not disappoint. I truly loved getting a more in depth view of Katherine since most of the other historical fiction that I have read about her keeps her in the background. Her she is in her glory and gets her due- ultimately winning the chess game with Henry because she survived him. Because I have also read a lot of historical fiction about Elizabeth I as well, I enjoyed seeing Elizabeth from other perspectives, particularly Dot's dislike of her and Katherine wanting to help this motherless child. Although I had read other books (like Alison Weir's Elizabeth) about the whole affair with Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour, this was the first to make clear what happened without innuendo. I enjoyed seeing Elizabeth as a more reckless and less innocent teen, probably how she really was.
The only issue that I had with the book would have to be for the general reader. There were some words used that would draw the reader out of the story because you would have to look them up (unless you are reading on a Kindle device that allows you to look them up immediately). I was an English major and found myself occasionally pulled out of the story because although I know a lot of words or can figure their meaning, even I would have to look a word up- and the last thing you want to do as a writer is pull your reader out of the story. A more well known word in those instances would have also worked.