Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Review: A Queen from the North: A Royal Roses Book

A Queen from the North: A Royal Roses Book A Queen from the North: A Royal Roses Book by Erin McRae
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this alternate history spin on The War of the Roses very much, as it combined the best of The Crown with some intriguing characters in a world similar to ours, but not exactly the same. In the Unified Kingdom of Britain the Lancasters hold sway, and have since Richard III was defeated. York is a backwater with a huge chip on its shoulder, Ireland is an independent kingdom and the Commonwealth is pushing back at edicts from London. America as a nation does get mentioned, so one presumes there was a revolution.

Enter Lady Amelia, staunch daughter of Yorkists, who catches the eye of the Prince of Wales. Their relationship has all the earmarks of a marriage of convenience uniting North and South, and there's a paranormal element as well.

I wanted to give it 4.5 stars. While I understood the circumstances preventing the protagonists from talking to one another, too many Big Misunderstandings could have been cleared up with a conversation or two. However, I'm already looking forward to another Royal Roses book and hope to see more of this universe.

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