There are times when a book draws you in so fully, that you are not able to put it down once you start. Empress Alexandra by Melanie Clegg was that book for me! I could not stop reading once I started! If you enjoy history, you are going to love this one!
Review of Empress Alexandra:
Empress Alexandra had a life that was far from fairy tales that we read about. Her mother died when she was young, leaving her in a position to become closer to her grandmother. The illness that took her mother had already taken one of her sisters and she had lost a brother from a tragic fall several years earlier.
As the young Alexendra grew up, she spent quite a bit of time in the presence of her domineering grandmother, Queen Victoria. Victoria was set in her ways, devoted to her grandchildren, but not afraid to let them know what was on her mind. After the loss of her husband, Prince Albert, she grew increasingly withdrawn, saving only brief moments for brightness.
The grand marriage that Victoria wanted for her granddaughter was derailed slightly when the young Alexendra found herself drawn more and more to the young Russian Tsarevich. He was a handsome young man, quiet, and not one to give any affection easily. They had an easy bond, one that had started when they were much younger, having met at the wedding of another relative.
Melanie Clegg never disappoints in her work, and this one was no different. At the forefront, you are given quite a bit of history into the family life of Queen Victoria and her children, the loss and heartbreaks that they went through. It weaves together nicely with the story of Alexandra, and the heartaches that she was later to endure, which of course, ended with the monarchy being overthrown in Russia, and her family being murdered. This is a book that was enjoyable, and just the right amount of detail – giving you a picture of what is going on, without dragging you down.