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Book Club: August

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For the month of August, I wanted to do something a little bit different. I wanted to choose a book that had some historical moments, and was based on political motives during the eleventh century.

Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King is one of the most talked about books from 2011, the story is fascinating and captivating. It reels you in like you are a fish on a bait hook. The story is extremely well written, you won’t be able to put the book down. In fact, in 2011 I was transitioning between freshman year and sophomore year of college, and when I found this book I knew I had to read it. Honestly, it is one of my favorites from the 2000’s. More author’s should take notes from this amazing author.

In eleventh century Scotland, a young Saxon princess tries to fulfill her destiny, and along  the way there are many risks and trials that she will encounter. When the princess and her family shipwrecked on the coast of Scotland, along with an outlaw named Edgar of England, they ask the warrior king Malcolm Canmore for sanctuary. King Malcolm sees a political advantage with the outlaw Edgar, by giving sanctuary to not only him but to the Saxons as well, for the hand of Edgar’s sister, Margaret, in Marriage. This tells of the story of how Margaret became the queen of Scotland, and what happened to the rest of the passengers onboard.

Just like me, you won’t be able to put the book down until you get to the last page. You will feel like you have just landed in Scotland, and it will seem like you are living the lives of the characters that are portrayed in the book.

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