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review 2018-01-18 13:39
The Greedy Queen
The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria - Annie Gray

I enjoyed reading this non-fiction book about the reign of Queen Victoria and her eating habits. However, I´m not sure how much new information about Queen Victoria the author really has provided, because everytime I told my mother an anecdote or fact from this book, she already knew everything about it by having watched the tv-series (which leads me to the conclusion that Annie Gray might have read Victoria´s diaries). 

 

In the end The Greedy Queen is an interesting look at Queen Victoria and the food and dining culture during the Victorian reign, but it is possible that this book might only be interesting for those, who don´t have a huge amount of prior knowledge about the Victorian age and life at court.

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review 2018-01-09 02:12
Great Book and Great Characters
Wed to a Spy: An All the Queen's Spies Novel - Sharon Cullen

Simon Marchford has been a loyal servant of Queen Elizabeth. He’s finally done with it all and wants to retire to the countryside. However, the queen has one last mission for him. She wants him to go to Scotland to spy on Mary, Queen of the Scots. While in Scotland, Mary asks him to marry and spy on her young cousin, Aimee de Verris, who was sent over from France.

I wasn’t really sure how I would feel about this story. The beginning started off kind of typical of this genre and in the beginning Aimee’s moping around for someone else got on my nerves. Luckily I kept on reading. I really liked Simon right from the beginning. He kept getting pulled more and more for duty when he just wants to be done. I really enjoyed Simon’s and Aimee’s adventure together. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2018-01-04 02:19
Intrigue leads to love.
Bound to a Spy: An All the Queen's Spies Novel - Sharon Cullen

There is plenty of intrigue, danger, and royalty in these pages. I liked Rose's love for the outdoors and her acceptance of who she and her family are. The honesty was refreshing. It took me a bit to warm up to Will because of his secrets and ability to close himself off. It was fun watching him thaw by being around Rose. I enjoyed this story and recommend it.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

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text 2018-01-03 17:12
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 400 pages.
The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria - Annie Gray

A roast beef joint was also provided, in case of sudden hunger between the courses.

 

Well, I drink a glass of water to keep the sudden hunger between the courses at bay.

 

I have to admit, I would like to travel back in time and attend one of these victorian dinners, just to get an impression how it really was back then at the dining table.  

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text 2018-01-03 13:34
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 400 pages.
The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria - Annie Gray

Á la Française dining is my kind of dining. Plates and bowles of dishes are placed on the table and everyone is allowed to help himself to the food he wants. Admittedly, nowadays the placement of these dishes isn´t meticulously planned and there isn´t a logic behind it like it had back then. Á la Française dining reminds me of the creation of a painting, but instead of paint the table-deckers use food (there is one picture of such a dining table in the book and it looks insane).

 

But there are some pitfalls to this kind of dining:

 

Participants had to be aware of each other, and be able to share and not look greedy. Tales abound of unfortunates, not brought up to its intricacies, who failed at the dinner table. In one example from York, a young clergyman ate all of the dish placed in front of him, not realising that it was for all to share. He was the guest of honour, and "his" dish, of ruffs and reeves, was a great delicacy. It had been carefully placed in front of him to indicate status, not that he could eat it all. Uproar apparently ensued when his mistake was realised.

 

Poor guy!

 

 

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