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Osborne House, 1879. Queen Victoria has occupied the British throne for over 40 years. Bringing together her extended family from across Europe offers a chance for old alliances to be strengthened and new unions to be forged. May Teck, daughter of a duke and princess, is constantly reminded that she lacks the pedigree to be a true royal. 

Alicky lives in the shadow of her older siblings, until she meets the heir to the Russian throne, who sweeps her off to his homeland. And then there is Willy, destined to be the future kaiser of Germany. As shifting forces of power send warning ripples across Europe, an unavoidable war looms on the horizon....

©2019 Margaret Pemberton (P)2019 Soundings

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Wonderful

It took quite a while to get into the story and memorise all the vast family names but after that I was hooked. Beautifully read and a great historical reference

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Enjoyable

While this book certainly wasn’t a page turner it was very well written and performed. The story is constrained as it is historical fiction but I enjoyed hearing events from Queen Mary’s point of view. Good book for a long walk or drive.

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missing the end,

A very enjoyable book as far as it went.there was nothing after chapter 37 only crackling so I never heard the end of the book.