St. Martin’s Press
ARC copy from Netgalley.com and St. Martin’s Press
Daisy Goodwin takes on a cast of interesting historical characters in this novel set in 1875 in Victorian England. The three primary characters in the novel are Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as “Sisi”, Charlotte Baird, and Bay Middleton. The three form a very complex love triangle in the story; and as in most love triangles, someone will get hurt. Interestingly enough, all three characters are based on real people.
The storyline is very loosely based on Sisi’s time in England hunting with the British upper crust. Several important events in Sisi’s life have been incorporated in to the tale, including her time hunting with Bay Middleton. As in all historical fiction, the character’s lives have been embellished to add to the story.
The book is an interesting read, but there were times I really did not like the characters. They all displayed some traits that were just annoying; Bay couldn’t be faithful nor make up his mind; Charlotte accepted pitiable treatment from Bay and her annoying prospective sister-in-law; and Sisi acted like the spoiled drama queen that she was. Even though the characters had aggravating behavior, I still finished the book and enjoyed the core story.
This book will appeal to readers of historical fiction, particularly to those who enjoy the Victorian era and royalty.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.