|(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)|
Based on the True Story of the Free-Spirited Daughter of Queen Victoria.
Princess Louise’s life is upended after her father’s untimely death. Captive to the queen’s overwhelming mourning, Louise is forbidden to leave her mother’s tight circle of control and is eventually relegated to the position of personal secretary to her mother―the same position each of her sisters held until they were married.
Already an accomplished painter, Louise risks the queen’s wrath by exploring the art of sculpting, an activity viewed as unbefitting a woman. When Louise involves herself in the day’s political matters, including championing the career of a female doctor and communicating with suffragettes, the queen lays down the law to stop her and devotes her full energy to finding an acceptable match for her defiant daughter.
Louise is considered the most beautiful and talented daughter of Queen Victoria but finding a match for the princess is no easy feat. Protocols are broken, and Louise exerts her own will as she tries to find an open-minded husband who will support her free spirit.
In the Shadow of a Queen is the story of a battle of wills between two women: a daughter determined to forge her own life beyond the shadow of her mother, and a queen resolved to keep the Crown’s reputation unsullied no matter the cost.
Such a great story! I just LOVED In The Shadow Of A Queen by Heather B. Moore - it was fantastic! The writing was top notch, the historical aspects were fascinating, and the story itself was mesmerizing. This book is definitely historical fiction at its very best!
So, what is the story about? Well, it's about Queen Victoria's daughter, Louise. We meet her when she's twelve and follow her journey as she becomes her mother's secretary and then must look for a potential husband. And, we also get to know her family, which is definitely an interesting part of the story. After all we get to see Queen Victoria as more than a monarch - we get to see her as a mother. Talk about royal family dynamics on display.
Moore created an enjoyable story that provides history and entertainment. In The Shadow Of A Queen is definitely a must-read for fans of historical fiction - you will LOVE this book to bits! Make sure to check it out!
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!