Victoria & Violet
It should be a dream come true to serve the Queen of England…
When Violet Parker is told she will be Queen Victoria’s personal housemaid, she cannot believe her good fortune. She finally has the chance to escape her overbearing mother, a servant to the Duchess of Kent.
Violet hopes to explore who she is and what the world has to offer without her mother’s schemes overshadowing her every thought and action.
Then she meets James Greene, assistant to the queen’s chief political adviser, Lord Melbourne. From entirely different backgrounds and social class, Violet and James should have neither need nor desire to speak to one another, yet through their service, their paths cross and their lives merge—as do their feelings.
Only Victoria’s court is not always the place for romance, but rather secrets, scandals, and conspiracies…
This is really fascinating historical fiction set in Queen Victoria’s household. The premise is so unique and captivating. Violet is sent to work as Victoria’s personal housemaid, but there is an agenda at hand. Violet is being forced to participate in a scheme against Victoria by her overbearing mother. The setting in a Queen’s court is intriguing, and of course, schemes, lies, and politics abound. The romance between two people from opposite classes is sweetly done. I felt completely transported to this time and place and loved the look we got at royal life and customs in Victoria’s time. Violet’s own interactions with Victoria are absolutely captivating. There is an underlying theme of dealing with a controlling parent and learning to step out on your own. This is a compelling, intriguing, and sometimes joyful look at the world of a queen and those who served her.
I received a free copy of this book from Wild Rose Press via Rachel’s Random Resources Book Tours. My review is voluntary and the opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Brimble lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of 29 published novels including the Ladies of Carson Street trilogy, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin). Her latest novel, Victoria & Violet is the first book in her new Royal Maids series with the Wild Rose Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association as well as the Historical Novel Society and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.
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