Following your heart's desire is never easy. The odds have always been stacked against Bess Throckmorton. Her family tree is riddled with traitors and her mother seems eager to give away the family fortune. Left without an inheritance Bess' future looks bleak until she snags a coveted position at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. With a newfound optimism Bess embarks on her new life never imagining a pair of green eyes would captivate her like this. Walter Raleigh's reputation precedes him yet it doesn't stop her from yearning for his company and more... Discover Bess' harrowing journey of loss and love in the Golden Age. --- Historical fiction with a dash of romance for those who love the Tudors. This book can be read as a standalone. Written in UK English.