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A Queen from the North

(Royal Roses #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Ancient rivalry. Modern romance.

What if the Wars of the Roses had never ended?

Lady Amelia Brockett, known to her family as Meels, is having the Worst. Christmas. Ever. Dumped by her boyfriend and rejected from graduate school, her parents deem her the failure of the family.

But when her older brother tries to cheer her with a trip to the races, a chance meeting with A
Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Avian30
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May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This felt a little uneven. At times, I quite liked and admired Amelia. Other times I wanted to either shake her, slap her or both.

The worldbuilding was interesting, but I'm not sure how realistic it felt. I did like George, and Edward, and Priya.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, het
There is a very specific feeling I get when I’m reading a book that could have been good, maybe even great, and isn’t. It’s the feelings equivalent of the Wilhelm Scream. This book gave me that feeling, enough of it to fill every movie released this year.

The book opens with an author’s note that explains the inspiration for the story and the world the story is set in. That is a huge red flag. If you need an author’s note to explain the world of the story, you haven’t done enough writing. And if
Rosey Waters
This book was really interesting. There was a lot going for it -- alternate history, compelling couple, royals, GEORGE.

Ultimately the major problem I had with it was the age old trope of "I won't talk to you even though it will solve most of our problems!"

Good communication is so key to good relationships and Amelia and Arthur struggled with it so much I feel like the ending wasn't really them learning and growing as "well we've written this much it should end"

Ultimately I liked it, especially
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Queen from the North is a charming contemporary alternate history romance set in England and involving royals.

Picture it, present day England, but an England in which the War of the Roses has never ended. Ireland has happily had no history of invasion or interference by Norman or English lords. (That part does not really come into the story). There is a lot of animosity between the north and south of England, which plays a huge part in the relationship of Arthur and Amelia.

Aspiring earth scienti
Michelle Athy
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-books
I was in the mood for a royal romance (gee, I wonder why?) and this was on sale. A Queen from the North is a contemporary romance with alternative history and a bit of fantasy. Sort of. I forget where I came across this book, but I was sucked in by the fantasy and alternate history angles and I was disappointed by both elements in this book.

In an England where the Wars of the Roses haven't totally ended, the north--York--feels marginalized from the southern, more Lancastrian parts of England. (
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-read-2018
I don't know why I even finished this but I also feel terrible about the thoroughly negative review I want to give it because I guess it's vaguely competent but it just didn't work for me.
- The worldbuilding didn't feel complete. The characters act as if the division between the North and the South of England is so severe and dramatic that you expect to see news of sectarian violence, but in fact it seems far more peaceful than, say, English-Northern Irish relations. Equally, they're pretty spec
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I know there have been complaints about Amelia and Arthur not talking, but it is necessary to move the plot along, and I enjoyed her little escapade in Toronto. I would like to see what else happens in this universe.

Thank you to Gail Morse for her gift of this book. :-)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
review adapted from my texts to Jess last night:
it's very unfortunately Not Good. There's a LOT going on, the hero is kind of a dick, and the alternative history is lazy.

This had a lot of potential, but ultimately... nah.

Read for Ripped Bodice Bingo 2019: royalty
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up due to a posted sale, plus it has many of the things that are my catnip - fictional modern royalty, alternate history timeline, and sparkly things. The book exceeded my expectations significantly, and I greatly enjoyed it and didn't want to put it down for much of yesterday. An excellent surprise!

In this alternate timeline, the Unified Kingdom exists in a world where the Wars of the Roses weren't really finished, and the Lancasters have sat upon the throne in an unbroken line in
Late To Romance
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found about the first 20% really delightful. An arranged marriage, an alternate modern day England in which the war of the roses has never really ended and tensions between North and South are running high. At the races a young northern woman Amelia bumps into Arthur, the heir to the English throne . They share an enjoyable few minutes of conversation which Amelia doesn’t think much of at the time but Arthur is needing to remarry, and Amelia might just fit the bill. Initially I really liked th ...more
I first heard about this in Dear Author's Daily Deals and I was intrigued by the idea.

Imagine an alternate reality where the United Kingdom took a different turn in history and the House of Lancaster still rules. Where Ireland is a separate Kingdom and the Yorkists still resent the Lancastrians. Where the North is kept poor and subject to the South. But pretty much everything else is the same.

Lady Amelia Brockett is a member of one of the rebellious York families, a York Princess if you will. He
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Mix Downton Abbey, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, King Charles III, a non-violent Game of Thrones, and a slight twist in Shakespeare (not to mention British history), and you would get some of A Queen from the North.

But you wouldn't get the clever combination of our 21st century - tablets, Tweets, charter planes - with a wonderful alt-history of a Great Britain that most definitely does not include any of a non-divided Ireland but does include a very divided north and south of the England
Theresa Butler
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the alternate history vibe, especially as I am a fan of everything War of the Roses. The writing was wonderful and absorbing, however I couldn't help but feel like there were things left out of the book that made understanding the narrative and AU world difficult. There were allusions to how the AU government worked, but because we weren't sure on exact powers or roles, etc, it just sort of fell flat. Especially since I kept trying to reconcile the vagueness with what I know IRL ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A slow-burn romance, this alternative history updates the British monarchy with feminist themes, social issues, and LGBTQ characters. (I reviewed it for Library Journal's Self-E contest in 2017)
The Cyber Hermit
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book promised more than it delivered.

It purports to be a sort of alternate history/fantasy version of the UK based on the War of the Roses never really ending. Great idea. Awesome idea. You just never really hear about it beyond Amelia occasionally saying something about jobs in York or how York is her home and it feels cut off from London. I really had to question even how much she truly felt distress over this political/economic/social divide considering she was a member of the (York) ari
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read this one after a recommendation from a panel at WisCon 2018, but found it unsatisfying. There are a lot of premises and elements that sound interesting in the description, but aren't really adequately explored in the book itself. There are two authors, and it just doesn't seem like they have the space to follow through on their own contributions to the narrative, let alone integrate each others'. The basic plot seems heavily based, in many ways, on the story of Prince Charles and Princess ...more
Miss Ginny Tea
This was not what I expected, but the synopsis was not misleading. I don't know what I expected.

Peeve time: there is no Gregory I while he's alive. He only becomes I when there's a Greg II. It's why King John is just King John, and why Pope Francis has no number. Argh.

I found Arthur frustrating because he would disappear for weeks on end and just be back. At one point, Amelia yells because she's making all these concessions, and he points out that he's making them too (which he is), but they're
Kelsey Hudson
This book will stand out as one of the most irritating things I've ever read. The two main characters were awful and stupid, and they spent 90% of this book mad at each other. So romantic. My favorite part of this book was when Arthur and Amelia were in different continents and hardly spoke to one another.

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In a slightly alternate timeline, where the Wars of the Roses never ended in England, the enmity between the Houses of York and Lancaster is still present. Lady Amelia Brockett, only daughter of the Earl of Kirkham, born and raised proudly in Yorkshire is not having the best Christmas. Dumped by her boyfriend of two years and rejected by the graduate school she was hoping for, her mother especially seems to see her as the disappointment of the family. Her life takes a surprising and dramatic tur ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like romances abour royals as well as British history.
Recommended to Sandlynn by: Browsing through romance web sites.
A Queen from the North by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese, published in 2017, is an interesting take on a contemporary romance featuring royals.

In this book, set in the present day, everything in the United Kingdom seems mostly recognizable, except the Kingdom is not as united as one might think. In this alternate universe story, England’s War of the Roses never quite ended. Mind you, Richard III, the last York king, was still defeated on Bosworth Field by Henry Tudor’s forces. However, instea
A. Lee
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book because it was on sale in honor of Harry and Meghan's royal engagement. I was a bit iffy about buying a book from authors I'd never read before (what if it was bad? what if it was boring?), but the synopsis was intrigued me.

I am SO GLAD I bought this. It was SO GOOD, and it was EVERYTHING I wanted. Ever since the Harry & Meghan announcement, I have been craving tropey royalty romances, but with very specific tropes in mind. And this book delivered on every count. Not only
Zara West
My few forays into alternative history have been interesting, but nothing terribly exciting. Often they require a great deal of suspension of belief. So I am pleased to announce I have found an alternative history romance I love – The Queen of the North by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese.

Imagine the War of Roses never truly ended. That’s what the co-authors Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese do in this alternative history of Great Britain set in modern times. In their version, the north (York reg
I raced through it, only to feel a bit blah at the end. This is one of those books where the two leads are unable to use their words for pretty much the whole story arc. It's not so much miscommunication as no communication and all the angst that goes along with it. Then, just as things are sorted out - in the matter of no more than 15 minutes - the book ends. We deserved more of a payoff, even more of a grovel.

Although the summary talks about magic, there's only the faintest shred of it. It's
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2019
I was open to the idea of this book, but I didn't think the execution was very good.

The main conceit of the book is that the Wars of the Roses never got resolved, so when a contemporary Prince of Wales chooses the daughter of a northern earl as his fiancée, the decision has social and political meaning with repercussions that form an obstacle to their romance. The problem was that there is almost zero detail to bolster this idea--either in terms of backstory or action beyond what the main charac
K. Lincoln
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was quite an entertaining read in several ways I wasn't expecting. First of all, it's a quite interesting modern alternate monarchy, still steeped in history and tradition, for the British Monarchy. This is the story of Arthur, Prince of Wales, who is a widower next in line for the throne with no heir.

It's also the story of Amelia, a daughter of nobility from Northern York, which in this world is still under conflict with the South.

They meet at a garden party, and Arthur asks her to consid
Emily M
Apr 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a case of fascinating premise, poorly executed. I am sure the authors watched The Crown and loved it as much as all of us and went from there. But the setting doesn't feel different enough from modern Britain that the horrible treatment of York makes any sense. The romance is never developed - - suddenly she realizes she's in love with this guy, after spending time with him like four times? The main characters are not winsome. His hot and cold behavior is jerkish. She is supposedly a sc ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember who recommended this book to me a couple of months ago, but am I ever glad they did. It was delightful!

Set in an alternate universe... well, here's a blurb - "In a United Kingdom where tensions between the houses of Lancaster and York did not end with the War of the Roses, Lady Amelia Kirkham, grad school reject and youngest daughter of a Northern earl agrees to enter into a marriage of convenience with Arthur, Prince of Wales, a 39-year-old widower with an ailing father. Togeth
Brandan WH
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Fated love

3.5 stars
Amelia has just been dealt a blow. Her boyfriend breaks up with her right before Christmas and she doesn’t get into her top grad school. Her confidence is at an all-time low but it perks up when she attends the horse races with her oldest brother. She’s thinking it will be nice to visit London from York while she reviews her life choices and makes plans for the future. It’s at the races where she meets the Crown Prince.
Arthur, the Crown Prince, has mourned his wife for 10 yea
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Purchased because I needed something fluffy and absorbing, and this did the trick, with authors whose work I have enjoyed before.

So: AU where the Wars of the Roses ( Houses of Lancaster vs. York) resolved differently. This is mostly for political background to raise the stakes of the central romance between Lady Amelia (York) and the Prince of Wales (Lancaster). I knew very little about the original history for this AU, and it was fine-- explained well enough to get you through, without getting
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This was quite a fun read though the historian in me was a little skeptical about the events that took place. While I have no issue with imagining what would happen if the War of the Roses wasn't resolved with the marriage of Henry V and Elizabeth, I can't quite imagine that the rest of British history pretty much happened the same-ish way, just with York as a separate Kingdom - the historian in me has some questions - but honestly it's not that hard to overcome because that isn't the be all and ...more
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Erin McRae is a queer writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. She owns several pieces of paper from distinguished universities, including a Master’s degree in International Affairs from American University, which qualify her to have lengthy and passionate discussions about the microeconomics of Tunisia. She also engages in lengthy and passionate discussions about military history. She likes t ...more
“All his earlier restraint was gone. Amelia felt powerful, like a witch having summoned the wind, to be the cause of it. There was a sheen of sweat across his forehead, and his hair was a wild wreck from where she had run her hands through it. She was counting the flecks of gold and green in his eyes, when he closed them and” 0 likes
“A country fighting itself to survive is no country,” he continued. “A marriage struggling similarly is no marriage. But we’re on the same side, Amelia, not as chess pieces in the great endless wars that we have too long let define us, but as people. Today isn’t the end of our story. It’s the beginning. I love you, and the only thing that should and can and will be over today is misunderstanding — in our hearts and, in time, throughout our country.” 0 likes
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