Queen Mary's Daughter Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : March 6, 2018
- File Size : 1982 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 291 pages
- Publisher : Clean Reads (March 6, 2018)
- ASIN : B079DMRRR8
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,902 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Orford’s story is the adventure/romantic tale of Mary Elizabeth Stuart, a young, attractive American woman of Scottish heritage, and James “Jamie” Stuart, an equally young, attractive Scottish native. Traveling to Kinross, Scotland, at her grandmother’s request, Mary Elizabeth finds herself suddenly some 450 years in the past, taking part in events with very little understanding of their impact. She learns that her grandmother was actually a time-traveler, and she also has this same ability. The possibilities of changing the course of Scotland “for the better” becomes the crux on which the plot revolves.
Orford creates interesting central characters that are fun and engaging. She has a good sense of the historical events which surrounded this time period. The exploration of what might have occurred, should Mary, Queen of Scot’s had produced a living heir is interesting. Orford condenses or ignores some of the historical intricacies, but she does so to the benefit of the plot. In a few places, the time travel was a bit too convenient, but it was always used in an attempt to move the story and characters forward. Any clichés built around Mary Elizabeth, Jamie and their adventures can be forgiven for Orford’s conceit of revealing the outcomes of her central conceit.
In “Queen Mary’s Daughter,” Orford is able to craft a romantic adventure around a nice bit of historical fiction that is a fun exploration for genre-readers and fans of “Outlander” and “Reign”. The life and times of these time-travelers is an exciting distraction, in an interesting story of “what if”.
What a story! I absolutely loved it from start to finish. For fans of historical novels, historical romances, modern romances, time travel, alternative history, and a bit of mystery thrown in, the book has a lot to offer a variety of readers. Time travel has never really been explained (except by writers) and is not an exact science (as scientists would be the first to declare), but in this story that spans centuries, the author’s concepts work very well, and readers are never in the dark. The ramifications of time travel, the effects of the past on the future and vice versa are also explored. The characters are well defined, and their actions and ambitions make sense. For anyone who takes an interest in the Brexit question, and Scotland’s determination to break away from Britain, regain independence, and remain in the EU, this is a theme that has ramifications stretching back into history. I enjoyed how a modern theme had its roots in the past. Very cleverly done by the author.
I have Scottish heritage and I really appreciated the descriptions of the settings, and I’d love to visit Mrs D’s B&B as well. Mary Elizabeth is a likable heroine with a huge burden placed upon her shoulders. Historical facts are woven into the narrative very naturally, informing the reader without overwhelming them. History buffs will love the detail. Bigger themes than just love and romance, time travel, and historical references abound; what if the fate of your society, your country, rests upon you giving up your own desires and decisions to fulfil a role thrust upon you?
I enjoyed this story so much. The author has the ability to make the reader time travel with the characters. In fact, I found myself asking the same questions that Mary Elizbeth asked. “So many questions; so few answers.” Sometimes British history can be confusing, with similar names, kings, queens, marriages, alliances, treachery and more. With extensive and meticulous in-depth research and consummate skill, author Emily-Jane Hills Orford makes this all read very easily, and one is never in any doubt as to who is who in the grand picture. There is a wonderful twist at the end of the tale that should delight fans of conspiracy theories as well. A most enjoyable book!
Top reviews from other countries
Combined, these concept makes for an interesting read. Now add the tumultuous Tudor period and you have a riveting novel that takes the reader back to an action-packed era in British/Scottish history.
Continuous time travel between the sixteenth, seventeenth and twenty-first centuries could become daunting, but the author has cunningly date-stamped the chapters to keep the reader well aware of their position in time and geography. Even several lateral sojourns are easily followed and don’t detract from the story.
Emily-Jane Hill Orsford has the amazing capacity to weave a tale of intrigue, history and war that keeps the reader involved, entertained and absorbed. The Scottish Highlands, the cold damp castles, the clothing, the characters, the battles are real. You are there, hearing and feeling the sounds and emotion, everything that the characters experience. The characters, some the reader may be familiar with and others not, are well developed, believable. Her grandmother, Jamie, and Mrs. D are endearing, admirable even while others are not.
Emily-Jane’s strong depiction of fact mixed with well-told fiction drew me into the story from the opening chapter. I was completely captivated from the moment Mary Elizabeth experienced the first hint of something deeper and stronger eerily drawing her to a place completely alien to her — or was it?
The plot, though fantasy, has enough factual history and current events woven through it that it truly left this reader wondering “what if”. The resolution is well done with a door left slightly ajar for possible future stories. I hope so.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It deserves a five star rating.