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December 29, 2006

Review: Crowned in a Far Country


So on Thurday, Dewey and I made it home with no carrier escapes, thank goodness. But during the drive, I started feeling icky. I got home, unloaded the car, and basically collapsed. Fever, sore throat, etc. Since then, I've been doing little other than sitting on the couch eating popsicles. But at least I finished my first book for the From the Stacks challenge! (Yes, I'm behind, but January is a slow month so there's still hope. Or so I'm telling myself.)

Crowned in a Far Country by HRH Princess Michael of Kent
Genre: History, group biograpphy
Rating: 3.5

In this book, Princess Michael (herself a foreign royal bride) tells the stories of eight European women in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries who are sent to foreign countries to marry princes/kings/etc. The better-known subjects include Catherine the Great and Marie Antoinette; less well-known are Leopoldina and Maria Carolina. The women's lives are fascinating, but the short treatments given to each left me wanting more. The writing is serviceable but not particularly good. Chronologies sometimes become confused. All in all, though, the interesting subject matter helps the book surpass its technical difficulties. A fun read for those who enjoy reading about the royals.

Posted by Kat at December 29, 2006 08:13 AM

Hope you're feeling better soon! I've only just finished my first book, too. :)

Posted by: Chris at December 29, 2006 10:11 AM

Ooh, I hope you feel better soon. I hate being sick!

Posted by: Arleta at December 29, 2006 01:05 PM

Oh, feel better!!

And, you know, I was admiring your "Library Thing" mosaic, but have to laugh . . . do you know how long it would take me to enter all my books into that??? (grin)

Posted by: --Deb at December 29, 2006 05:59 PM

Feel better! Are you taking lots of vitamin C? Multivitamins? Getting lots of sleep?

Posted by: Tracy at December 31, 2006 11:35 AM
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