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Counting One's Blessings: The Selected Letters Of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (2012)

by William Shawcross(Favorite Author)
4.09 of 5 Votes: 3
0374185220 (ISBN13: 9780374185220)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
review 1: I read the official biography of the Queen Mother written by the editor of this book and really, really enjoyed it for the most part. As soon as I saw a book of her letters, I immediately grabbed it at the library and voraciously began reading it. The Queen Mother's letters really bring her to life and help to understand the type of person she was, something which I don't think you can fully get from a biography. She really seemed as if she loved living life to the fullest and enjoyed every minute of it. Also, this was a woman who deeply loved her family I think and was there for them as a support when needed. Anyone interested in the Queen Mother should read this book of her letters. They were a delight to read!
review 2: If you're hoping for dirt on the
... more Royal Family this is not the book for you. When she married Prince Albert she decided that discretion would be wise as she couldn't be sure that Family business might not be leaked to the Press. It was interesting to see her mindset during the Abdication Crisis but once the Duke of Windsor left the country he's only mentioned in passing four or five times. Britain was at war and that was foremost on her mind. George VI was the love of her life and he had to ask her three times before she finally said yes. She was still dancing an eightsome reel at 101! A very plucky woman. less
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Great insight into the Queen's young years and her relationship with her family.
Excellent insight into a very great lady.
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