Happy Friday and happy last day of September! Where did the month go? Rounding out the month with this stunning and captivating new historical fiction release.
Thanks to the author and Austenprose PR for the gifted ebook copy in exchange for my honest review and blog tour spot.
IN THE SHADOW OF A QUEEN – Heather B. Moore (Releasing October 4th, 2022)
It’s rare to have a historical fiction book be as captivating to read as the cover is to look at. This was my introduction to Moore and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from her next time I’m in the bookstore. This is well researched without feeling bogged down with historical facts to where it might read like nonfiction. I learned a lot about Princess Louise and I think readers that like learning about the Royal families will really enjoy this one!
Based on the True Story of the Free-Spirited Daughter of Queen Victoria.
Princess Louise’s life is upended after her father’s untimely death. Captive to the
queen’s overwhelming mourning, Louise is forbidden to leave her mother’s tight circle of
control and is eventually relegated to the position of personal secretary to her
mother―the same position each of her sisters held until they were married.
Already an accomplished painter, Louise risks the queen’s wrath by exploring the art of
sculpting, an activity viewed as unbefitting a woman. When Louise involves herself in
the day’s political matters, including championing the career of a female doctor and
communicating with suffragettes, the queen lays down the law to stop her and devotes
her full energy to finding an acceptable match for her defiant daughter.
Louise is considered the most beautiful and talented daughter of Queen Victoria but
finding a match for the princess is no easy feat. Protocols are broken, and Louise exerts
her own will as she tries to find an open-minded husband who will support her free
In the Shadow of a Queen is the story of a battle of wills between two women: a
daughter determined to forge her own life beyond the shadow of her mother, and a
queen resolved to keep the Crown’s reputation unsullied no matter the cost.
Check out some advance praise!
“Peek into the House of Hanover and view the strength of two women: Queen
Victoria and her daughter Princess Louise. This story weaves compassion and
conflict into breathtaking and gripping historical detail.”— Julie Wright, author of
A Captain for Caroline Gray
“Moore crafts an intriguing portrait of the independently minded Princess Louise
and her tensions with the English royal family. Moore sets the stage with
meticulous research, and she expertly combines fact with fiction, with
psychological insights on Victoria’s mercurial moods and the impact of her
controlling nature. It adds up to a worthy portrait of a woman divided by duty and
self-determination.”— Publishers Weekly
5 STARS – “I always enjoy Heather Moore’s historical novels. This one did not
disappoint! She is impeccable with her research and always does an excellent
job of bringing people from the past to life.”— Julia Daines, bestselling author
of Haven Cross, and Whitney Award Finalist
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About the Author:
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today best-selling and award-winning author of more than seventy publications, including The Paper Daughters of Chinatown. She has lived on both the East and West Coasts of the United States, as well as Hawaii, and attended school abroad at the Cairo American Collage in Egypt and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about history and is passionate about historical research.
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