"You want me to be a spy?" Liza dared not be mistaken about the Baroness's intent.
"Da, ein spion." It was an ugly word in German or English.
"If you do your job properly, you will overhear the answer. If not, then you are too stupid and your linguistic skills are worthless to me."
Slowly, Liza said, "The Princess was very kind—I won't do anything against her."
The Baroness drew herself up. "And you think I would? Trust me, Miss Hastings, the Princess's interests and mine are exactly the same. Your information will serve us both."
"If it is to serve the Princess Victoria," Liza swallowed hard, "then I will do it."
Excerpted from Prisoners in the Palace
Prisoners in the Palace
Young Elizabeth Hastings knows about suffering. At seventeen, she has lost her family, her home and her future. In desperation, she takes a position at Kensington Palace working for the sixteen year old Princess Victoria. But nothing is as it seems at the palace. The heir to the throne is practically a prisoner. A mother schemes against her daughter. Sir John Conroy, a man with no power or connections, is playing for the ultimate prize. And the servants - they know everything of course!
Liza's journey will take her through the bowels of the Palace and to the deepest slums of London. She'll learn about the power of the press and the attractions of one particular newspaperman. How far will Liza have to go to restore her fortune and put the Princess Victoria on the throne? Will she find independence and romance or find herself a prisoner in the palace, too?
- Title: Prisoners in the Palace
- Author name: Michaela MacColl
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Publication date: October 2010
- No. of pages: 304 pages, hardcover
- Ages: 12 and up
- ISBN: 978-0-8118-7300-0