Back in January I reviewed “Kings of Georgian Britain” by this author and now it’s time to talk about the Queens. This book is organized chronologically with four section, each describing the life and relationships of the queens. Act I starts with Sophia Dorothea, then we have Queen Caroline, Queen Charlotte and another Queen Caroline to end the Georgian era. Each of these women have unique stories that the author narrates expertly. The reader has a chance to become familiar with their personalities, their strengths and their weaknesses. Some of them were loved, while others were despised and rejected. Sophia’s story is one of disappointment and heartache, while the other 3 enjoyed great popularity, at least with the people if not their husbands. One thing is very clear and that is that you can’t pigeonhole these women, they are complex and intriguing.
Having now read a second book by this author, she has become a favorite. The writing style is clear and engaging. There is no heaviness and she uses lots of subsections which I like because sometimes you only have 5 or 10 minutes to read. It seems clear to me that she really enjoys her subject and has done copious amounts of research. After reading this book, I would say that these women have become real people in my mind, not just pictures in a history text. I highly recommend both this book and the companion book about the kings if you want to get a better understanding of the period of the Georgians. Well done!
Alinefromabook’s rating: 5 stars!!
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Who knew that reading history could be fun! Catherine Curzon takes the reader on a journey through the lives and reigns of the four Kings George and she does it with a sense of humor. This is not your stereotypical dry history narrative. The book is broken down into sections, one for each King and tells their story starting with their birth and ending with their death. She will see what they’re their childhoods were like, who had the strongest influence on them, what kind of fathers and husbands they were, and the politics of their respective monarchies.
As you can probably guess, I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure I would because the British monarchy is so complicated, there are tons of players, and I’m an American, so I was delighted that this was such a great read. George the First’s story was a little confusing at first but only because there were so many women named Sophia in his life. I recently received the companion book “The Queens of Georgian Britain” and I’m very excited to read it after enjoying this one so much. For American readers the section on George III would be very interesting as he was the king during the War for Independence. The author really made these men come alive and in a reader-friendly way. I highly recommend this one.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 5 stars!!
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Here we are folks! The first round-up of the new year. Quick weather update: the temperature here in Fargo has barely crept over 0 Fahrenheit this past week. Apparently we might actually see a double-digit high today, fingers crossed. To celebrate the New Year, the battery died in one of our cars, but thanks to YouTube I was able to change it out myself even with a temperature of -6 in my garage. Gotta love living in a northern climate. Let’s get to the numbers now.
TBR – The year opened with a total of 277. I finished reading 2 books this week and added 1. The new total is 276. Not a terrible start.
Goodreads challenge – I set my goal at 100 again for this year. The 2 books I finished puts me ahead 1 book as of today.
NetGalley score – I didn’t read any NetGalley books this week so score remains at 87%.
JohnConnolly challenge – I am currently listening to book 3 in the series “The Killing Kind”.
Coming up – This year I am actually scheduling my reading. This week I will be reading “Kings of Georgian Britain” by Catherine Curzon, “Unwanted” by Andrew Young, and “The Killing Kind” by John Connolly. My reading year is off to a good start, I just hope I can keep it that way.
Happy Reading! and stay warm!