The choice of characters was great. It all starts with Margaret Beaufort and Elizabeth of York, and I’ve got to admit that I could imagine the two from history. Mary I, Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey make an appearance, and they’re three others that I could clearly picture and imagine as having those personalities in history.
The descriptions of all the characters was perfect and not one seemed the same, except maybe the four Marys, but I don’t know enough about the four Marys yet to determine whether that was in character for how I would view them in history. Before the name of the characters was given, there was a lot of description into their personalities—well, the personalities that Dolly would see. It gave the reader a chance to guess along with Dolly as she worked out who she would be talking to next. The only two that I didn’t get right were Kat Ashley and Arabella Stewart, but again they are two that I don’t know much about (yet!).
The concept of how everyone got into this area for wayward women was interesting for me. Eventually, the reader finds out that everyone is trapped in this world, and has been for around 500 years. It all started after the death of Anne of Cleves because none of the wives wanted to be around each other, especially Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour. God didn’t know what to do with each of them, so it was a way to get them to work together and realize that there was more to their lives than being victims of Henry VIII. The rest of the people joined for various reasons, such as Elizabeth and Mary wanting to be close to the mothers they never met and Lady Jane Grey wanting to be close to her grandmother, Mary Tudor, and away from her mother.
Katherine Howard’s was my most favorite character for me. When she found out which position she would be in to tell her secret, she made it clear that she needed to practice. I couldn’t help but smile remembering the story that Katherine asked for the block to be brought to her cell the night before her execution so she could practice laying her head on it. It was a very believable part of the story.
Overall, the book was really well written. There were a few grammatical errors but they didn’t distract me from the book. Being able to guess along with Dolly was great and for most part the details weren’t too dragged out. I really think the bits with Anne of Cleves and Katherine Parr were because I personally didn’t find their stories that interesting, and I really wanted to know what the others had to share.