Saturday, October 11, 2014

Book Review: Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

Saturday night, and I'm home with my concussion headache, which has been going on for the last couple days.  But I did read and finished a book...

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

This is a story about Princess Sophie who went to the Russian court to win the future King's heart, marry him and become the Queen of Russia, as it is her mother's wish.

Sophie learns how hard that will be on her way to court as her carriage is attacked and she had to defend herself and her mother from criminals.  Once she gets to court, she learns that Peter, the future King of Russia and the Empress Elizabeth's nephew is nothing like she thought he would be. 

In the Imperial court she learned that by winning the Empress' approval, then her marriage to Peter is guaranteed and so she vows to do whatever is necessary for that to happen.  But she is in a place where she doesn't know who to trust.  She falls in love with another man and the Empress finds out and her whole life is turned upside down again and she is forced to sacrifice more than she wanted in order to become the queen.

Poor Sophie, she had to learn a new language, change her religion and marry the man she doesn't love, all in order to save those who she loves the most.  The Empress is cold and manipulative and you really start to hate her (at least I did), when you learn who she truly is.  Sophie changes her name to Catherine when she changes her religion, because that's what the Empress wanted.

When you think that Sophie has truly lost everything and that she would have to spend her life in misery, she catches you by surprise and has a better plan than all of them and wins at the end.  And at that moment you realize why you love her.

No spoilers, I went into this book pretty empty handed and I am so glad that I did.  It was a light and quick read, but it was great not knowing too much about it. 

If you like, kings and queens, and history then you will definitely love this book.   The author used Catherine the Great story and gave it a nice twist to it, which I am so glad, it was truly different and still educational.  I gave it a 4 out of 5 starts, it didn't blow my mind but it was pretty good book and I really do recommend it.

What are you reading? And what are you up to on a Saturday night?