My Lady Jane
By Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.
“For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.”
My Lady Jane is a fun retelling of England’s nine-day queen, Lady Jane Grey. Of course, it’s not a very accurate retelling, but it puts a nice fun twist on everything (people turn into animals). I must admit I have been putting off reading this book for a while as I didn’t think the little twist was appealing. But I heard from several people how fantastic it was. More specifically how incredible the audiobook was, which made me even less interested because audiobooks are difficult for me to read. So I borrowed the audiobook and grabbed my physical copy and read them both. And I gotta admit now, I regret pushing it aside for as long as I did. Because it was bloody brilliant.
(I’m not even sorry for that.)
Young King Edward is dying and to keep his wretched sister Mary from inheriting the throne, he proclaims his cousin Lady Jane future son will be the next King. Lady Jane is then forced to marry Gifford or as everyone else calls him, G. Who isn’t just a person, but also a horse. Together they must face head on a deadly conspiracy and really attempt to rein in those horse jokes.
(Yes, I just did that. No regrets.)
If there is one thing I love, its history of this time period. I love the Tudors and anything that has to do with them. And this made my heart so happy. This book had it all the perfect amount of romance, the jokes that brought genuine laughter, and a fun original twist that makes perfect sense. I can’t dive too much into that plot because it would ruin everything and I don’t want to ruin the fun experience for anyone. Just know the characters are fun, fierce, and loyal and I wish they had more of a story to tell.
But if you are being skeptical about reading this, don’t. Don’t waste any more time! Read it. I promise it will make you laugh. Horse jokes are hilarious and everyone should make them. I cannot wait to dive into the next Jane book, I hear such wonderful things about it. I hear it’s going to be hauntingly good.
(Okay, I’m sorry, I can’t contain myself. Bad puns are my kryptonite.)