London, 1582: Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey, a talented and well-educated woman of independent means, is recruited by Queen Elizabeth I's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, to be lady-in-waiting to Lady Mary, a cousin of the queen. With her talent in languages and knowledge of ciphers and codes, she will be integral to the spymaster as an intelligence gatherer, being able to get close to Lady Mary just at the time when she is being courted by Russia's Ivan the Terrible.
However, there are some nobles at court who will do anything they can to thwart such and alliance and in her quest to protect her ward-and her estranged husband-Rosamund must put herself in mortal peril.
I was not overly impressed with this. I've read a lot of historical fiction and this didn't ring true at all. Rosamund seemed way too independent and outspoken to be accurate and the plot didn't seem believable at all. Not one of my favorite reads.