February 19, 2019

In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free– and love comes at the highest price of all. When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard. Gilt by Katherine Longshore – review. ‘If you like historical fiction then I would recommend it entirely’. Ellathebookworm. Tue 9 Apr Kitty Tylney has always followed her best friend Cat. Cat is larger than life, full of ridiculous plans and plots, the self-titled Queen of Misrule. Cat wants nothing.

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Longshore did not seem to censor this at all in Gilt -it is essentially an adult historical novel set in the Tudor period. Or was it like the fairy bby, and the things unsewed themselves every night? I couldn’t put down this book.


Kitty’s voice reminded me of a Philippa Gregory heroine. We have all sorts of YABC buttons for your website. The Case of the Missing Marquess.

But it’s super fun, not overly offensive, and I blazed straight through it.

iatherine May 12, Updated: Gilt gets bonus points for mentioning my home town Pontefract briefly. I know this is weird and when have I not been weird but it reminded me of my favorite pizza. When it comes to Catherine Howard, I’ve only read a couple books and in both, she was telling her own story and she came off as horribly misunderstood and lonely.

GILT by Katherine Longshore | Kirkus Reviews

Longshore confesses that she took some liberties with events for the sake of story in her Author’s Note, but otherwise the evocation of the Tudor age is compelling and detailed enough to suck you in and make you start dreaming of ball gowns. I could have also done without kathsrine character of Kitty’s intended husband, who during his brief appearance in the novel embodies the cliche of the crude, unattractive, and aging brute to whom the fair young heroine will be “sold into marriage.


Do not read Gilt expecting some great, literary historical fiction. Cat, in this depiction, wants to be remembered as more than just a Howard and to be adored by men and women of higher birth than she.

Gilt by Katherine Longshore – review

This is one of those books that perfectly straddles the line between literary and commercial. GILT gave me shivers. Now everything’s just all over the place. Kitty was very tall, plain and not very pretty. Kitty narrates the story of how her best friend Cat Katherine Howard claws her way up to the court of Henry VIII, who later becomes the king’s wife herself.

She was used for sex and lpngshore a git by a disturbing old man; she fell in love or lust with a manipulative courtier and yes, judging from gilh rather pitiful letters, the real CH did think she loved Culpepper, and seemed as blissfully in denial of his past as everyone else who knew him ; and she died for making a mistake that many young women, and certainly many uneducated teenage girls, make.

Am quite excited to see how the author continues this series! Sign in to write reviews. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. For the most part, I really am not like Kitty, but I liked Kitty so much, and I just kept hoping she would make the right decisions such as avoiding ruinous people.

If I’m wrong please let me know in the comments- I’d love to hear your thoughts! I think every girl knows the pain of the capacity your childhood friends have to hurt you–sometimes unintentionally, katherime not–and these moments made me give Kitty MY loyalty.

Better still is her strong female heroine, who is amiable and relatable, even as she falls prey to Howard’s manipulations. And I love it. I laughed, I was grossed out, I was enraged and I nearly cried. And, bad dialogue aside, she doesn’t throw all lontshore out the window. In an ingenious and thoroughly entertaining way.

Well done, Katherine Longshore! I wanted to put this book down several lnogshore, just because it was so very slow.


Gilt by Katherine Longshore – book review

I found the friendship between Cat Howard and Kitty Tylney to be compelling, in a very sick and twisted fashion. She was definitely a tragic figure. This books gives of pieces of history will also telling the friend, Kitty’s story. I mean, really, what’s not to like about a good Tudor-era novel? I identified with Kitty at some times, recognizing the feelings of being ignored while close friends get all the attention; the heady elation felt when you, the invisible one, are finally noticed; and the strong inner emotions of discovering betrayal and the self-deprecation that comes when you let something happen that you knew would bring terrible consequences.

Ultimately, I liked Kitty, I just wish she had taken charge of her own life much sooner and not allowed Cat to use her so much.

It’s complex plot and mysterious characters are all mixed together to create what cannot be denied is an amazing read. Romance, lies, materialism, identity, history, etc. Plus my very first history project was on Catherine Howard.

When I write an actual review, I’ll hopefully have decided on a definite rating. Reading this book was hard, reading Kitty being so used by Cat. The Key to Everything.

Sometimes it’s katheerine for me to stand up for myself, I feel like Kitty at times. Cat, who had always loved attention and beautiful gowns and jewels, and wanted to marry a rich man who could give her everything she wanted, is thrilled to catch the attention of King Henry VIII, who soon marries her.

Get to Know Us. Longshore was a master of the skill, show–don’t tell, particularly when it came to sharing her historical information.