I received a free e-copy for my honest review.
About the Book:
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Myrmidon Books Ltd
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I will be the first to admit that my knowledge of King George and Queen Charlotte is minimal. I knew George was the King during the American Revolution and I knew he went mad leading to The Regency but much beyond that and we start hitting a period in history that I just have not really studied. Or to be honest have had much interest in until lately. I find myself now wanting to know more about these later periods in history after having spent so much of my reading time so far in the past.
This book is really Charlotte’s story – George’s poor Queen. She was left with a husband who went off the deep end, a son who was an ungrateful wretch (the Prince of Wales, the Regent) and a boatload of other children now suffering with the taint of their father’s madness. Even though the girls are princesses what royal house would want to marry them knowing that they might carry that same madness in their genes?
I so wanted to love this novel – Ms. Purcell’s storytelling is very engaging. Where I had problems was in how it was all put together. The chapters seemed disjoint and were bouncing in time and place with little explanation. Now I did have a preview copy so perhaps there are headers of some type in the finished books to help with this but it was very confusing for me. It also switches between Charlotte and the Princess Royal as narrator and I sometimes had to sort who was running the chapter. The breaks were quite abrupt at times.
I did, though once immersed in a chapter find the reading interesting. I just wish it hadn’t been so disjoint.
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