An Indiscreet Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria’s Defiant Daughter

Morrow. Sept. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780063083288. pap. $17.99. F
At the age most princesses are searching for a suitable husband, Princess Louise is determined to attend the National Art Training School. Her mother, Queen Victoria, still in deep mourning years after her husband’s death, begrudgingly allows it. One day a week, Louise is not a princess but a student furthering her education, befriending famous artists, and beginning a passionate love affair with sculptor Joseph Edgar Boehm. But their forbidden love can’t last, and she eventually marries Lord Lorne. While the marriage is sold as a “love match” to the adoring public, Louise cannot forget Boehm, and her husband is intent only on a political appointment. When Louise’s indiscretions become too much for the queen to ignore, Lorne receives the appointment he’s dreamed of, and the couple are packed off to Canada. At this great distance, Louise must decide whether to give in to her mother’s wishes or take charge of her own life and return to the art and love she left behind.
VERDICT Anglophiles and history buffs will enjoy seeing inside the lives of the royal family and find inspiration in Louise’s strength. Readers of Marie Benedict and Melanie Benjamin will want to scoop up Blalock’s (The Other Windsor Girl) latest.
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