Welcome to my tour stop for the YA Historical novel, Victoria Rebels by Carolyn Meyer hosted by The Mod Podge Bookshelf! Enjoy & don't forget to check out the rest of the tour here!
About the Book:
Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.
Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.
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About the Author:
Carolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup'ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. In her most recent historical novels she has dealt with the young lives of Mary Tudor, Princess Elizabeth, Anastasia, and Isabel of Castilla, Spain.
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A Top Ten List by Carolyn Meyer!
1. Hair styles: I love the braiding, piling, and other fashionable ways of arranging hair. The style on the jacket of VICTORIA REBELS was created for the book, and at the launch party my own hairdresser replicated the braids on her four-year-old daughter.
2. Gardens: Whether it was the formal gardens around the palaces or the natural out-of-doors, the 19th Century English surrounded themselves with flowers and greenery.
3. Pageantry: Who doesn’t love to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and as well as other traditional ceremonies?
4. Hats: Victorian ladies wore them all the time, even indoors. Their portraits often showed them in hats. And they’re coming back, especially those dainty little feathery things known as fascinators that Kate Middleton, duchess of Cambridge, wears so charmingly. But not to the Ascot Races; enormous hats are fine, but fascinators have been forbidden and heads and shoulders must be covered. What will Kate wear now?
5. Gowns: Many were just too much--too many ruffles and flounces and furbelows--but the fabrics were lushly gorgeous, and I particularly like Victorian buttons.
6. Gloves: Elbow-length are elegant, but they can be a pain, particularly when you’re dining, as Victoria learned.
7. Desserts: When my son married a British woman at a small home wedding, she asked me to make a Victoria Sponge, a sponge cake split and spread with raspberry jam and slathered with whipped cream. It was said to have been the queen’s favorite teatime treat.
8. Novels: Charles Dickens’s books impressed Victoria so much she wanted to meet him, although her prime minister disliked his characters. Oddly, I’ve found no mention of Jane Austen, who died before Victoria was born. What would she have said about Pride and Prejudice?
9. Carriages: Getting around London with a coach and four must have been easier than maneuvering a car.
10. Music: Victoria enjoyed performances of the finest musicians and dancers of her day. I would love to have been in the Royal Box with her.
For the tour, the author is giving away four finished copies of both Victoria Rebels and Cleopatra Confesses! Good luck!
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