Hi friends– Loving , loving retirement!! So much unfettered time to read! And lately I’ve been through 3 books I think you’d really enjoy. Here they are:
I picked up Victoria from the new book shelf at the library because it was written by Daisy Goodwin who also wrote the script for the PBS series, Victoria. Fun to to read/watch them together. The book covers just the years from Victoria’s ascension to the throne at 18 until her engagement to Prince Albert. Victoria steps into her 63 year reign with the support of her beloved Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne and in spite of the machinations of her mother and her advisors. It’s a personal look at an amazing woman. Left me wanting to read more about her years on the throne…
Eleanor’s life is a mess. But she has decided today will be different. She lays the best made plans and proceeds only to have them all completely fall apart right up to the surprising ending. You’ll love this hapless but well meaning character and the quirky plot line. Today Will be Different was written by Maria, author of Where’d You Go Bernadette, book with another crazy but lovable heroine.
America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie chronicles the log and complicated life of Pasty Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson. She loses her mother at an early age and takes up the reigns of caring for her famous father. She lives a celebrated Parisian life during his years as American minister to France, brings up a large family in Monticello during her tumultuous marriage, serves as her Father’s hostess at the White House. There is intrigue, poverty, scandal and trajedy for the fascinating woman who lives strong through it all. The authors relied heavily on the files of letters from Jefferson for plot and dialogue. A great look at the times and the personal life of our third president.
P.S. painting of woman reading by Francoise Collandre