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A Queen from the North: A Royal Roses Book (2017)

by Erin McRae, Racheline Maltese

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This was a quick, enjoyable read. I've been lightly watching real world royal romance (Harry and Meghan), and this is a book that takes the political and practical difficulties of joining a royal family very seriously. (Anyone seen Princess Sofia lately? No?) The heroine is a minor noble with a budding career in science, and she is moved by the opportunity to help her people and young women in STEM more than by any desire to be a royal. She is smart, the other characters are well-drawn, and it was fun to read. I downgraded it a bit for the choice to have her get pregnant before the wedding, but it was otherwise fun. ( )
  teckelvik | Mar 28, 2018 |
Mix Downton Abbey, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, King Charles III, a non-violent Game of Thrones, and a slight twist in Shakespeare (not to mention British history), and you would get some of [b: A Queen from the North|34469447|A Queen from the North A Royal Roses Book|Erin McRae|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1488746668s/34469447.jpg|55590557].

But you wouldn't get the clever combination of our 21st century - tablets, Tweets, charter planes - with a wonderful alt-history of a Great Britain that most definitely does not include any of a non-divided Ireland but does include a very divided north and south of the England, or a genderqueer witch being second in line for the throne, or the need to run into Boots for something vital, or a hot Canadian Prime Minister who couldn't dance (because can't Justin Trudeau dance? I think I've seen videos?). You wouldn't get a simply excellent theme about what slut-shaming is and how to fight back against it. And you definitely wouldn't get the reminder that England has always had Black as well as white people in it, and white as well as red roses.

This is a wonderfully complex alt-history romance that is both enjoyable to read and meaningful about how royalty works - and what it means to be a 21st century woman caught up in traditions that are centuries old.

And then there are the ravens ... ( )
  SuziSteffen | Feb 20, 2018 |
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Lady Amelia Brockett, known to her family as Meels, is having the Worst. Christmas. Ever. Dumped by her boyfriend and rejected from graduate school, her parents deem her the failure of the family.But when her older brother tries to cheer her with a trip to the races, a chance meeting with Arthur, the widowed, playboy Prince of Wales, offers Amelia the opportunity to change her life -- and Britain's fortunes -- forever.… (more)

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