As all historical genre lovers know, there are many books being created about the British Royals, especially the Tudors and, most recently, the Windsor’s. That being said, it may actually come as a surprise that this book covering the fiction and fact of the life of Princess Louise – daughter of Queen Victoria – turned out to be a very unique read.
Louise was known as “The Wild Princess,” and she was one of those triumphant characters that seemed to act as if she was a woman living in the 21st Century. She definitely had a mind of her own and was not afraid to use it.
Going back to Louise’s wedding day in Victorian England where she’s about to marry a commoner, the Duke of Argyll, John Lorne, the story takes off at a fast and entertaining pace. The Queen had just about given up the hope of ever being able to marry Louise off; she only wanted her children to marry royalty from one country or another, but Louise fought back. She wanted a life of her own where she could study art (which was her true passion) and live and love the man SHE wanted, not what the Queen gave to her to choose from.
The Queen finally relented and decided that she could marry John Lorne. Even though he was not in the privileged circle, he was a kind man and the Queen believed he would take very good care of Louise. As with anything, however, when it comes to the twisted world of English royalty, there was a much larger secret in play that the Queen had no inkling of…or, did she? The fact was that the kind, loving, sweet John had a few tricks up his own sleeve that very well could blow the roof off the Palace and perhaps even the monarchy.
A fascinating book with a lot of Court intrigue, the fact that in real life Louise was a conundrum to her people is expertly told. No one ever really knew if Louise married for love, or to cover up a scandal of monumental proportions. The author has inserted her own ‘idea’ of what really went on so long ago and she has made her characters fun (i.e. they are not as stuffy as some.) From forbidden love to Irish radicals to plenty of romance, Mary Hart Perry gives fans a truly ‘cool’ story. Louise was an interesting Princess who had dreams that she wanted to fulfill, which makes for a very enjoyable tale.
Until Next Time, Everybody,