A Young Adult Novel by Suzanne Crowley
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“I know what I saw that day in Humblebee Wood, aye, I do, and it was no dream. There was a fog that morning – devil’s cover they call it, for you never know what lies beneath. I was running to meet Christian when I tripped and fell over a root, ripping my only dress. I was looking at the tear, deciding on what stitch I’d use to hide it from Grace, when I saw her. A ghost, dressed regally in red, floating through the swirling fog. She looked at me, she looked right through me, her eyes piercing and sad. She wore a crown. I will never forget her.”
Kat’s true identity is a secret, even from her. All she has ever known are Grace and Anna and their small village. Kat wants more – more than hours spent embroidering finery for wealthy ladies and more than Christian, the gentle young farmer courting her.
But there are wolves outside, Grace warns Waiting, with their eyes glowing in the dark . . . and Grace has given Kat safety and a home when no one else would.
Then a stranger appears in their cottage, bringing the mystery of Kat’s birth with her. In one night, Kat’s destiny finds her: She will leave. She will journey to London, and her skill with the needle will attract the notice of the magnificant Queen Elizabeth – and of the wolves of the court. She will discover what Grace would never tell her.

Everything will unravel.

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  • “This novel offers romance readers (or fans of The Tudors) many sumptuous costumes, a parade of ‘distinguished looking’ fellows, and something of historical substance as well. Crowley’s interest in her protagonist and Queen Elizabeth, and also in the physical aspects of the period, from “fawn colored silk jerkin(s) with embroidered guards of Belgian lace” to sugared strawberries, give the novel color and intrigue.”

    Horn Book
  • “Crowley builds a world worth sinking into.”

    Chicago Sun Times
  • “Intense scandal, royal drama, and an insanely sexy love triangle makes this story set in Elizabethan times impossible to put down.”

    Seventeen Magazine
  • “As [readers] revel in Kat’s clear-as-a-bell, first-person observations of Tudor England’s dangerous liaisons and fairy-tale gowns, teens will also relate to a girl who struggles not only to find her place but to know her heart.”

  • “Intrigue, romance, and period details abound in this riveting story of Tudor England. The sophisticated writing flows well, and the author does a terrific job of integrating historical details . . .”

    School Library Journal
  • “The Stolen One is a remarkable tale overflowing with mystery and drama. As a fan of English history, I was unable to put the book down until I read it cover to cover. The characters came to life through this story, bringing Queen Elizabeth to reality in my mind’s eye. I feel honored to be privy to the inner workings of the Queen’s inner circle, even if only through fiction.”

    Coffee Time Romance (Five Cups of Coffee)
  • “This novel is beautifully written, I was fascinated with Katherine’s story and how it tied into Queen Elizabeth’s period. I love the characters in this book. Kat is a strong protagonist and she’s very outspoken which is not what one would expect in her era for a woman. The depiction of Queen Elizabeth is fascinating. I was also intrigued by the inner working of the Queen’s court. I loved the details about the designs and stitch work on the Queen’s gowns. Crowley did an amazing job with the imagery, it was like viewing everything through Kat’s eyes and I relished every minute of it. I wish I could express how outstanding this book is, but I can’t find the words because it is much more than what I’ve written but I don’t want to spoil anything. Find out for yourself!”

    Fantastic Book Review (Five Stars)
  • “Filled with love, deceit, mystery, and drama, this is an unforgettable and absolutely enchanting novel. Suzanne Crowley’s expertly chosen words pull you into Elizabethan England where you will never want to leave.”

    Reading Rocks
  • ” . . .Crowley’s writing is fluid and captivating.”

    Fresh Fiction
  • “Enchanting”

    Romance Reader at Heart
  • Crowley has a wonderful time playing with the historical rumor mongering that continue(d) to surround Queen Elizabeth 1, weaving the tittle-tattle together . . . (not to mention the burrows of fictionalized dirt concerning courtly dalliances) into an intriguing mystery.  Young adults bewitched by romance, scandal, and yards and yards of jewel encrusted fabric will sink happily into the nearest comfortable chair to imbibe the juice from the royal grapevine.”

    Bulletin of the Center For Children's Books
  • THE STOLEN ONE is a perfect combination of history, mystery and romance. I was along for the ride as Kat searched for the truth and was entranced along the way. I was pleased Kat’s personal growth within the story and can say that I admired how the Queen was portrayed. The story was well paced and I really enjoyed the bits from Grace’s perspective through her journal. It added that bit “A HA” factor that made this story shine.

    Tales of the Ravenous Reader
  • In this well written, well told historical fiction, Kat and her sister Anna work with their mother creating magnificent embroidery and garments in “Elizabethan England. When their mother dies unexpectedly, Kat bundles up the clothing she has to sell along with her sister and journeys to London. What Kat finds is the political intrigue of Elizabeth’s court and the amorous attention of superficial men. But she also finds out something about herself and the honest values of her rural upbringing. This is a compelling story based in true historical mystery. The sensory images surrounding Elizabeth’s life bring the queen alive for young adult readers, while the themes of love and identity present the universality of human nature.”

    Children's Literature
  • Crowley has weaved a lush tale of love and intrigue as elaborate as the stitches on the dress, a personal gift for the Queen, that Kat is embellishing with creatures, both light and dark. The historical figures of Elizabethan England come to life on the pages of The Stolen One as real as the author-created characters – no history lesson here as often happens with an author less skilled – who come so vividly to life that the reader’s mouth waters as Kat bites into a luscious pear from her beloved’s orchard and noses wrinkle in disgust along with Kat’s as she is bombarded by her first breath of the putrid air of London . . . Make sure you have a tall glass of iced tea next to you as you will lose track of time while wandering country lanes or castle hallways with Kat.”

    Dr. Ruth Cox Clark Young Adult and Children's Literature Professor
  • “To say I was enthralled is an understatement. In fact, I wish it could have been even longer than its’ 416 pages because Kat was such an appealing character to hang out with – curious, bright, passionate, and unpredictable. I loved the vividly realized historical details of the court and fashions of the time. Oh and I loved the writing  . . .”

    Presenting Lenore
  • “I love historical fiction, especially historical fiction that is set during Elizabethan time. I love the novels of Philippa Gregory and Jean Plaidy, and I believe this book from Suzanne Crowley deserves a spot amongst these greats of the genre.  This book is beautifully written and captured me from the very first page. Kat is an incredibly vivid character and the book is written in such a way that you really get inside her head and live the events right along with her.”

    Carrie's YA Bookshelf
  • “One of the best YA historical fiction novels I’ve read in a very long while!  Set duing the reign of Elizabeth this is the story of Kat, a willful redheaded beauty in search of her true identity.  Full of mystery, court intrigue, and romance, this will capture readers of all ages.  I was sorry to turn the last page and have this one-sitter come to an end!”

    Becky Anderson - Anderson's Bookshop
  • A lovely historical novel for teens set in Elizabethan England. The author did a wonderful job at bringing to life the setting of Elizabethan England, and the very different ways of life in the countryside, the city, and at court. Although this book is written for teen readers, I think adults who love historical fiction will enjoy it is as well – it is a wonderful blend of history, romance, and the classic story of a young woman’s search for her identity and where she belongs in the world.”

    Rebecca Herman - Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer
  • “THE STOLEN ONE is a great novel for anyone in the mood for romance, mystery, and a glimpse into the past of Tudor England. This is a book that will make you want to crawl under your covers and read all night…”

    Books & Books
  • “THE STOLEN ONE is a bewitching novel set in Tudor England, rich in period detail, suspense, and romance. Kat is a spectacular character, who just wants to find out where she belongs . . . I was mesmerized with this story, and thoroughly enjoyed it!”

    Wendy's Minding Spot
  • “The Stolen One’s many strengths  include its engaging first-person voice, exquisite attention to period detail, and page-turning pace.  Though the novel is not a fantasy, the mystery surrounding Kat’s birth and the glamour of Queen Elizabeth’s court add considerable magic to the tale.”

    Historical Novels Review
  • “Fast paced . . . with wonderfully fleshed out side stories of supporting characters . . .a richly layered novel [with] great crossover appeal. The Stolen One is a book that will make you fall in love with historical fiction.”

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