Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots by Nancy Goldstone
Star rating: ★★★☆ ☆ 3/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: This book follows Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots and her four daughters.
Review: For being about these four sisters I really expected the book to focus way more than it does on them. I felt like most of this book was dedicated to discussing what was going on in England than anything else. While I love reading about English history, that’s not why I picked this book up. I understand that they wanted to set the scene for what else was going on and likely since they are women there isn’t much information on them from this period but if you don’t have enough on the subjects of your book maybe you need to reconsider what subject you want to write on.
It was hard to keep track of who was who because everyone seemed to have the same names. This isn’t really the fault of the author, they make a quip that this era is so confusing due to this but I do feel they could have done more to help their readers to keep track.
I did find there was a decent amount of humor within the writing. It was amusing and not a dry book by any means. The author was able to hold my attention for the book. It can be hard to write a good history book and still be able to add a splash of humor to the book, so I do appreciate that.
As far as history nonfiction books go, it’s pretty good. It effectively holds the reader’s attention without sounding as though they’re not serious. It doesn’t have a textbook sort of feel to it, which is always nice when reading historical nonfiction. As I said, my only real complaint is that it hardly focuses on the four daughters at all.
Recommendation: If, like me, you’re looking for a book that focuses on the five woman as the title claims then I would skip this book.