Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Forget what you think you know about Queen Victoria. Goodwin brings to life the young Victoria, brought up from birth to be queen, determined to be the queen she chose to be, not the one chosen by others. Determined to live as a quiet widow after her beloved...

Sisi by Allison Pataki

History! Romance! Hungary! Sisi brings to life a little known but larger than life character from the nineteenth century, Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary. You truly get a sense of an amazing woman who managed to live her own life amidst the courts and intrigues...

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Welcome to Botswana! It’s a quiet African country, where a traditionally built lady decides to use her inheritance to start the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Alexander McCall Smith, a Scot, deftly describes a people who have the same foibles we do, but in a gentler...