Review: Frederick’s Queen

Here is the description of the Audible edition of Frederick’s Queen from Amazon:

“There can be no light without darkness, no hope without despair, no love without heartache

Some scars can’t be seen

When the handsome Frederick Mackintosh offers to marry Aggie McLaren, she is certain ’tis greed or insanity that motivates him. Besides land and a chance at a chiefdom, she believes she has nothing to offer. She soon learns nothing could be further from the truth. Hope she thought long lost blooms with her husband’s kindness, his honor, and his fierce determination to make their marriage and their clan a success.

Sometimes perfection is imperfect

Aggie McLaren is not Frederick Mackintosh’s image of the perfect wife. She isn’t well read, vivacious, or voluptuous. Wee, timid, and unable to speak, it is a glimpse of her smile and the chance to be chief of his own clan that propels him to offer for her hand. Frederick will do whatever he must in order to see her smile again and to help her find her voice.”


This is an interesting premise. Would Beauty and the Beast work if you flipped the genders? Relationships where men are much better looking than women rarely look authentic to me.

Aggie McLaren endures a brutal childhood. Frederick Mackintosh has a few wounds of his own. In adulthood, Aggie McLaren chooses to become a protector instead of a sadist. It’s easy to hope that a heroine who endured so much brutality has a happy ending. And this is a well written novel with good narration. Plot twists make it interesting. I expect Frederick’s Queen resonates powerfully with readers.

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