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A Foreign Crown by Jen Geigle Johnson

Backcover Copy:

Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace. 

Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on a journey to England, it is for one purpose: to petition the British navy for aid. But when he becomes acquainted with the lovely Lady Aribella, he cannot deny their powerful connection. Amid the intrigues and schemes within the walls of the palace, Layton and Aribella know a future together is impossible—but torn between loyalty and love, will they risk everything to follow their hearts?

My Review:

I really enjoy Johnson’s fascination for examining actual historical events in her fiction. A lot of novels written for this era favor exploring the romantic and societal angles of the Regency era rather than actual historical characters and situations. A Foreign Crown plops two fictional characters right into the center of the establishment of England’s Regency period in 1810. Johnson’s characters allow the reader to experience what this dramatic change must have felt like personally for the principal actors involved. We get an idea of the fear and anguish Queen Charlotte felt as she watched her husband go mad after losing a child, the desperation of the royal princesses to escape the protective clutches of their parents, and the likability of King George IV in spite of his undisciplined lifestyle choices.  I loved this book and I am excited that it may become a series as Johnson explores the stories of the other brothers in the fictional Wilhelms family.


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