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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Book Review: Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

       

Book Review:Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin


My thoughts about Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

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The book synopsis:


Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Book cover  Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin
Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?


Queen of Someday is the first book in the Stolen Empire series


Stolen Empire (6 book series) by Sherry D. Ficklin



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Discussing Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin  




Quotes from the book:


While my mother had been determined to groom me to be a proper lady, my father was content to let me join him in hunting, fencing, and even knife throwing. The small blade in my hand is one of many he’s gifted me over the years, and the hilt is warm and comforting in my palm.

“Why on earth were we not greeted formally?” Mother demands as we weave through the empty kitchens. The hearth is roaring with fire, and I can feel the chill melting out of my skin. “Surely you would not have the young princess introduced to court in just her petticoats?” Sergei says in the tone one might use with a whining child.

“Well, then I suppose I will have to meet the empress naked. I’m sure she will understand, Mother. I mean, it wouldn’t make her think less of me—of my fitness to marry her nephew—to meet her like this, don’t you think? Yes, I’m sure she will understand.”

It takes me a moment to realize that the court is populated with a heavy ratio of men to women. My ladies and I, my mother, and the empress, being part of only a small handful of those in attendance.

“Most grown men would not expect a woman to fight back, certainly not a girl, and most certainly not a noble girl. The element of surprise is a powerful weapon in such a situation.”

 

 

I open my mouth to protest, to declare that love should never be a game, but even as I think it, I begin to doubt it’s true. How would I know, after all? It’s not as if I have any experience in the matter. No matter how many romantic poems you recite, no matter how many glorious tales of love you read, how can you really understand the condition if you’ve never found yourself in it?

When waging a war of the heart, you must only fight if you are absolutely sure you can win.

An oath made requires a leader who is honorable enough to keep it, despite any fleeting inconveniences that might arise.

“If we can’t enjoy ourselves to excess once in a while, what is the value in life?”

“I think that love can indeed be many things. But the one thing it will never be is practical. Love is irrational by its very nature. It demands passion, fire, and no less than absolute surrender. It is a longing, a burning that consumes you, leaving you without reason, or defense. When love comes, nothing can stand in its way.”

“Sometimes, we must learn to open our hearts and grow to love someone we think we might not be able to. It’s the lot of women, especially noble women. We are little more than property, bargaining chips, or chains that hold alliances together. That is the price we pay for our comfort, riches, and titles.”

“Learning to please your husband is not depraved or sick. A man has needs. If you cannot meet them, he will tire of you quickly. I assure you, the lessons will be academic, not practical. Many young ladies have tutored with Madame Groot, and none have been shamed by it. But you are young, beautiful, and naïve to the wiles you possess, to the way even your subtle gestures and words affect the men around you. Your feminine nature will be one of your greatest weapons, but it must be honed, and you must be taught to wield it.”

Books are one thing I love above all else. In a story, I can become anyone, travel any place. In those pages lives my only true freedom.

But what draws me in, what gives me a sense of calm, is the smell. That marvelous scent of paper and leather fills the room. I inhale deeply, letting the familiar smell carry me away. Crossing to the nearest shelf, I run my hand along the row of spines, enjoying the texture under my fingers. A noise above me startles me from my tactile reverie. “You’d think you’ve never seen a library before.”

Because he is looking at me the way a man dying of thirst might look at a cask of water, as if his very life depends on bringing me to his lips.

I could live a hundred lifetimes inside his kiss, and it would never be enough.


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  1. Great quotes from what seems like a good book.

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    1. It was a good read once all the instalove bit was out of the way.

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  2. "If we can’t enjoy ourselves to excess once in a while, what is the value in life" is my philosophy as well ;)

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    1. Thanks. I make a list of quotes as I read the book and then pick the ones I think best give an idea about the book to include in the post.

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    1. It wasn't great but it was OK. Probably better with little to no knowledge about Catherine the Great.

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  5. sounds so very intriguing and loved your selection of quotes..

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    1. Thanks. It was a bit different from the books I usually read.

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  6. I've been watching 'The Great' which is a comedy about Catherine the Great and her marriage to Peter and their strange relationship. If you can get it in Italy it would be worth watching. It is on channel 4 here, so not sure if the app works where you are. Book sounds intriguing but not the greatest. Lovely review.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into it. Never thought of seeing if I can get British TV here. I can see some stuff on the BBC website but not much, and I've never really thought about the other channels.

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