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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

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Publication Date: Nov 2016

St. Martin’s Press

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and St. Martin’s Press

 

Daisy Goodwin once again takes on a cast of historical characters in this novel set in England during the early 19th century. The novel details the early years of Queen Victoria’s ascendance to the throne of England as well as detailing some of her earlier years prior to becoming queen.

Alexandrina Victoria was a young woman who lived an extremely sheltered life guided by her single parent mother and her mother’s advisor, Sir John Conroy, a rather shifty individual who stood to gain much through his manipulations of Victoria and her mother. However upon gaining her crown, Alexandrina Victoria retitles herself as Queen Victoria and finds her own mentor in the form of Lord Melbourne.

The book portrays the Queen as having a less than discreet romantic interest in Melbourne; however, Melbourne treats her for the most part like his Queen in spite of his feelings for her as a female. The reality of the story is not really known, but Ms. Goodwin does a nice job of portraying Melbourne in a positive manner.

As Victoria gets a couple of years experience behind her and learns some difficult lessons along the way, she receives a visit from her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  Her Uncle Leopold did his best to match make, and he eventually succeeds. Victoria marries Prince Albert in what will become a very strong love match.

The characters are dynamic and changing as they age and progress through the story. They are not always likeable, but generally always interesting. A fun read filled with historical data based on the real life of Queen Victoria, her family, and the political intrigues that followed her! A well written, interesting story!

This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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A Hope Remembered, Book 3 by Stacy Henrie

Henrie, Stacie A Hope Remembered

Series: Of Love and War Series

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Publisher: Hatchette Book Group

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“When we go through heartache and loss, it’s our right and challenge to discover what God wants us to do and become from those experiences.”                                         -Nora Lewis

Set in  the year 1920 following World War I in a small village in the Lake District of England, this third novel in the series Of Love and War explores Nora Lewis’s journey from America to claim an inherited sheep farm. After spending the past year on her own after the death of her parents and the earlier death of her fiancé, Nora sells the family farm and takes a giant leap of faith toward the unknown in England.

In England Nora meets newly discovered family, as well as making friends with her neighbors in the village of Larksbeck. The nearby estate of Elmsthwaite Hall is home to Colin Ashby, the reluctant baronet-to-be of the area. Stunningly handsome and charming, he is a troubled young man with problems left over from the war and a difficult relationship with his father. The story explores Nora’s new life in England and her friendships that develop over time. As well as the development of new characters, the reader meets up with some old friends from the first two novels bringing a pleasant blending of stories full circle.

I thoroughly enjoy historical fiction that is grounded in real history. As with all of Stacy Henrie’s books, this one contains excellent historical detail that begins with an overview of the history and area in the Author’s Note at the beginning of the book. Readers of World War stories, historical fiction, and inspirational fiction will like this book. The uplifting theme that hope does come from the heart rings true.

This ARC copy was received from Hatchette Publishing Group and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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