The Last Princess (Key Word Challenge, January)

The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria’s Youngest Daughter by Matthew Dennison
I went with non-fiction to begin. As I’ve done before when doing this challenge informally, I began with no particular book in mind but put some of the key words into my local library’s search box and chose from among what came up as available.
This biography of Princess Beatrice is a most interesting topic, but like other reviewers [on Goodreads] I was less than happy about some aspects of the story-telling. The author seems to jump to conclusions about what was in people’s minds (especially Beatrice and Victoria); there is quite a bit of repetition of his psychological analysis; some of the key moments in the story are rushed over while less important events are given much more time. Nevertheless I enjoyed the book. The photos in the ebook are at the end, and are most interesting. The final portrait shows Beatrice as a modern woman, someone of our own time (almost) to whom I could relate.
I’m glad I read this book, and that the challenge brought it on to my radar.

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