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Ladies In Waiting

A rich alchemy of fact and fiction, the Ladies in Waiting series chronicles the glittering court lives of three Tudor Queens and the women chosen to be their closest friends and companions. Each book envelopes the reader in sweeping romance, heartwarming and heartbreaking circumstances, and heroines who choose lives worth risking all for.

Reviews...

"A capable, empathetic historical recap with an unusual heroine..."

Kirkus Reviews,
for Roses Have Thorns

"Rich in historical detail, full of intrigue, and starring a memorable heroine—Juliana St. John—who grows in both character and faith, Sandra Byrd's The Secret Keeper kept me completely engrossed in the tumultuous court of Henry VIII. I felt a part of the times, thanks to the author's skillful storytelling, vivid descriptions, and inspiring characters. Readers are in for a special treat with this remarkable novel."

Francine Rivers,
New York Times bestselling author

"Sandra Byrd's remarkable book, The Secret Keeper, provides exquisite attention to detail of time, language, and place. A deft creation of character voice that invites the reader in and never lets her go. A delicate suspense that keeps pages turning. And throughout, the evidence of a remarkable storyteller who moves emotions in ways that both inspire and satisfy. I fell in love with Juliana St. John and with her heart, and hope she and her secrets find the widest possible audience."

Jane Kirkpatrick,
New York Times bestselling author of Where Lilacs Still Bloom

"Juliana’s character as the main protagonist is both surprisingly fresh and perfectly presented. There is much more to her than a lady’s maid, and finding out her secrets as the story unfolds is a great pleasure. Unlike many novels of this kind — which portray a fictional character in the lead — this one works very well. A female’s place in society is expanded upon, but not so much as to become monotonous and spoil the historical theme."

Historical Novel Society

"The Secret Keeper is simply superb. It grabbed me from the start and never let go. [...] Even readers who shy away from the well-researched historical will get wrapped up in the Tudor trickery and lovely romance within this story. Byrd's tightly woven plot is laced with ever-splicing threads of intrigue that worm their way into your imagination and all but tie the book to your hands. Read it!"

USA Today

"Atmospheric, dramatic and full of twists, this second title in Byrd's "Ladies in Waiting" series (after To Die For) is a sure bet for fans of... Tudor fiction."

Library Journal, starred review for The Secret Keeper

"Byrd crafts a well-researched historical novel that engrosses readers in Juliana's world and the juicy details of the Tudor court ... Anglophiles and history buffs alike will surely enjoy this bird's-eye view into royal politics, love, and scandal."

Publishers Weekly, for
The Secret Keeper

"...this stunning novel ...reexamines Boleyn's life from her beginnings to her rise and eventual fall in the Tudor court. Byrd's novel adds a depth to the character of Anne Boleyn that is often missing in other novels, and she brings the history to life in exquisite detail. Readers might indeed find themselves sympathizing with the young queen. Highly recommended for fans of Philippa Gregory. "

Library Journal,
Starred Review

"... offers a fresh look at the court of King Henry VIII."

Romantic Times,
Four Stars

"In TO DIE FOR, Sandra Byrd gifts the reader with a fresh look at Anne Boleyn through the eyes of her lifelong friend Meg Wyatt. But Meg commands her own interest and respect in the Tudor world of triumph and tragedy. Readers will be drawn to the events, beautifully depicted, but also to the emotions, skillfully conveyed. A new Tudor historical to treasure."

Karen Harper, Author of
The Queen's Governess

"Sandra Byrd's first venture into historical fiction is nothing short of brilliant. All the Tudor details are perfectly placed, like gemstones in a royal crown, yet there is far more to this compelling novel... Simply put, To Die For is the best historical novel I've read in many a season, a masterpiece of history and heart."

Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Here Burns My Candle

"Most readers of Tudor historicals think they know Queen Anne Boleyn. They'll meet a very different Anne in Sandra Byrd's wonderfully told To Die For. Meg, who rises and falls with Anne, seeks her own lost love and faith. Anne's influence during the English Reformation is an integral and refreshing part of this story, one that Byrd tells with authority... A novel to savor and return to."

Jeane Westin, author of His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester

"In this moving story of a friendship that survives a queen's rise and fall, Sandra Byrd reaches beyond the familiar stereotypes to give us the story of two remarkable women: Anne Boleyn and Meg Wyatt. A refreshingly three-dimensional Anne, and a Meg of courage and integrity, make this novel a must for your Tudor library."

Susan Higginbotham, Author of The Queen of Last Hopes

"If you love Philippa Gregory, you'll adore Sandra Byrd! Through the eyes of Anne Boleyn's most trusted friend, Meg Wyatt, Ms. Byrd seamlessly weaves sacred threads of history with those of captivating imagination to take us on an unforgettable journey of the heart. I've no doubt that if Anne and Meg could somehow read To Die For, they would thank Ms. Byrd for telling their stories with such grace and beauty."

Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of
Within My Heart and The Inheritance

"Ms. Byrd shows a wonderful sense of time and place in her novel, To Die For. Her characters and her story are drawn with precision. The new life she breathed into well-worn notables like Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, as seen through her character, Meg, is simply captivating."

Diane Haeger, Author of
The Queen's Rival

The Secret Keeper is a...

To Die For is a...

To Die For is a 2012 Christy Award Finalist

To Die For
A Novel of Anne Boleyn
Ladies in Waiting, Book 1

There are many ways to arrive at the Tower of London though there are few ways out. Kings and Queens ride in before a coronation, retinue trailing like a train of ermine. Prisoners, however, arrive on foot, shoved through one cavernous gate or another by the wardens who live, as all do, at the mercy of a merciless king. Some unfortunate few are delivered to the Tower by water.

The Thames lapped against our boat as it stopped to allow for the entry to be raised.

The Secret Keeper
A Novel of Kateryn Parr
Ladies in Waiting, Book 2

Pieces of her black gown fell to the ground, one by one, like the locks of a condemned woman shorn before execution, though he stayed himself from touching her bright red hair before sheathing his dagger again. Her woeful face betrayed that she knew this would be her utter undoing. The gown was ruined and the black clumps, which had plummeted to the ground, received the breath of life of a sudden and became a flock of beady-eyed ravens which took wing toward the Tower of London, whilst we watched in horror and dread.

Roses Have Thorns
A Novel of Elizabeth I
Ladies in Waiting, Book 3

I had arrived on these shores nearly nine years earlier. I’d thought that William had brought me from girl to woman, but that night I had truly reached maturity. I had prayed for the queen, against her enemies in Spain and in France. But I understood for the first time, then, that the enemies with the greatest potential to harm were the ones closest at hand and to heart.

Historical research assistance provided by Lauren Mackay.

Meet The Tudors

Scroll through the Tudor Hall to learn more about some of the principle, historic characters in the series.

King Henry (Tudor) the Eighth
Born 1491

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Allington Castle

Photo by Ben Mangum, used with permission.

Allington Castle

Photo by Ben Mangum, used with permission.

Allington Castle
Dovecote and Cottages

Photo by Terry Bird, used with permission.

Allington Castle
Wisteria

Photo by Terry Bird, used with permission.

Allington Castle
Wisteria

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Allington Castle
Allington Castle Property

Photo by Ben Mangum, used with permission.

Allington Castle
Tudor House in inner courtyard at Allington Castle built by Sir Henry Wyatt
over site of one of the towers in early C16

Photo by Terry Bird, used with permission.

Allington Castle
Main entrance from inside inner courtyard

Photo by Terry Bird, used with permission.

Allington Castle
Minstrels Gallery

Photo by Terry Bird, used with permission.

Allington Castle
Fireplace in Main Hall

Photo by Terry Bird, used with permission.

Allington Castle
View into main courtyard

Photo by Terry Bird, used with permission.

Allington Castle
Allington Castle Bed Chamber

Photo by Ben Mangum, used with permission.

Allington Castle
Main Gate

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Hever Castle

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Hever Castle

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Hever Castle

Photo by Andrea Bielefeld, used with permission.

Hever Castle
In Hever's garden

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Hever Castle

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Hever Castle
The view from Anne Boleyn's bedroom window

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Hever Castle

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Hever Castle

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Hever Castle
St. Peter's Church at Hever Castle

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Hever Castle

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Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace

Photo by Hilary Hoad, used with permission.

Hampton Court Palace
Tudor Gatehouse

Photo by John Hackston, used with permission.

Hampton Court Palace
Great Hall

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Hampton Court Palace
Interior Hallway

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Hampton Court Palace
Exterior Hallway

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Hampton Court Palace
Garden

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Hampton Court Palace
Tapers

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Hampton Court Palace
From inside a palace chamber

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Hampton Court Palace
Great Clock

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Tapestries

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Hampton Court Palace
Tudor Corridor

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Hampton Court Palace
Tudor Kitchen

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Tudor Table

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Wine Storage

Photo by John Hackston, used with permission.

Hampton Court Palace
Cardinal Wolsey's Glass

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Hampton Court Palace
At dusk

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Tower of London

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Tower of London
Traitor's Gate at the Tower of London

Photo by Larry Davis, used with permission.

Tower of London
Queen's Lodging - Queen's House, Tower Green

Photo by Elizabeth Byrd, used with permission.

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Tower Raven

Photo by Michael Byrd, used with permission.

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Coin Hoard

Photo by Darrell Doar, used with permission.

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Ax and Block

Photo by Elizabeth Byrd, used with permission.

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Chapel at Tower of London

Photo by Michael Byrd, used with permission.

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St. Peter ad Vincula, (Saint Peter in Chains) the church at the Tower of London.
Not only is Anne Boleyn buried here, but also George Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Jane Grey,
Guildford Dudley, The body (but not the head ) of Thomas More, and John Fischer,
all beheaded during the sixteenth century.

Photo by Paul Wiltshire, used with permission.

Tower of London

Photo by Darrell Doar, used with permission.