A Want of Kindness

A Want of Kindness

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"The wicked, bawdy Restoration court is no place for a child princess. Ten-year-old Anne cuts an odd figure: a sickly child, she is drawn towards improper pursuits. Cards, sweetmeats, scandal, and gossip with her Ladies of the Bedchamber figure large in her life. But as King Charles' niece, Anne is also a political pawn, who will be forced to play her part in the troubled Stuart dynasty. Transformed from overlooked princess to the heiress of England, she will be forced to overcome grief for her lost children, the political maneuverings of her sister and her closest friends, and her own betrayal of her father, before the fullness of her destiny is revealed" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2016
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781681772592
1681772590
Characteristics: ix, 435 pages ; 24 cm

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Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Mar 11, 2017

I had high hopes for this novel because Queen Anne is a monarch that is often overlooked and I was excited about diving into the details of her life and the time period. Ultimately, I finished the book feeling disappointed. What I did enjoy was the excerpts from real letters she wrote (though the font used was rather hard on the eyes) and the details of her personal life such as her difficulties in childbirth and the over reliance on food as comfort. What did not work for me were the choppy chapters that would jump months and even years without a clear indication of the amount of time that had passed. I easily lost track of the time because book was mostly a repetitious cycle of miscarriages, ill health, family disputes and money trouble. This was an important time in history with religious controversies, the Glorious Revolution, debates over the role of the monarch and crises over the succession. All of those were at least briefly touched upon, but I feel like the author missed an opportunity to fully explore these changing times and how they would have affected Anne. A final gripe was the book ended abruptly two years before she became queen and I would have loved to read about how she made the transition to monarch and her successes and failures in that new role. Despite the potential, this was missing the richness, drama and flow of a Philippa Gregory or an Alison Weir novel.

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