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 spirit.
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.
“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
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
|Wow this was such a fascinating read! It was so hard stopping myself from looking up Princess Louise’s wiki to learn all about her life ASAP! But Heather Moore captured her spirit beautifully.|
Princess Louise didn’t ask for the life of a royal. She’d rather be sculpting (which is a man’s art) or helping the suffragettes. All things her mama aka Queen Victoria disapproves of.
You follow along big and little moments of Louise’s life from the death of her father, to watching her siblings marry and move away and then when her turn comes. I’ll be honest – I knew of Victoria and Albert but nothing of their offspring. Then add in the death of Queen Elizabeth II recently and I had to see how they were all connected! My goodness they liked to keep things in the family and with other royals.
I’ve always gravitated toward Royal plot lines mostly thanks to early Disney princess movies from like the 5 princesses at the time 😅 and Louise’s life was full and lonely. I knew Victoria loved Albert and mourned him a long time by wearing black but she had a strict household. I don’t think I would want to live in the shadow of a queen.
I loved Louise and her beau and the journey she took in life. Such a great example to others of how to help others and crafting. One day I’d love to see her art in person! 😍
This was an easy read and I appreciated the author’s notes at the end. Thank you to the publisher, Net Galley and Austenprose PR for the e-arc copy. These are my own thoughts and opinions.