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There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person's life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? What if King James VI of Scotland didn't succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if t ...more
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Published March 6th 2018 by Clean Reads
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N.N. Light
Mary Elizabeth Stuart grew up in her grandmother’s home, learning everything she could about Scotland and Scottish history. She learned how to fight and defend herself. Now, after grieving the loss of her grandmother, she travels to Kinross, Scotland to discover more about her family history. She stays at a quaint bed and breakfast but is drawn to Loch Leven. She can’t explain it but is compelled to walk around. She agrees to go across the water with a mysterious man named Jamie Stuart, who live ...more
Fiona Ingram
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you know your history? Do you know your Scottish and English history, to be exact? In a story that starts in 2016, and jumps back in time to 1567, the reader is taken along with Mary Elizabeth Stuart as she discovers her heritage, meets her true mother, has to make decisions that could change the course of history… and finds out why her grandmother insisted she make a trip from Toronto to Kinross, a tiny little Scottish village, to understand her role in life, both here and back in the sixtee ...more
Ray Simmons
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

Queen Mary’s Daughter by Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a delightful historical 'what-if' novel about the possibilities if Scotland had had a queen that managed to keep her strong and independent of English rule. I have met a few Scotsmen, real Scotsmen born and raised in Scotland, not descendants raised here in America. I think they would like this novel. I did, and I’m not connected to Scotland in any manner. I simply like British history. I knew there
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Queen's Mary Daughter is the first book by Emily-Jane Hills Orford I have read. I thought it was a great read. I was fascinated with Mary Elizabeth Stuart's story. It has a lot to offer - romance, history, time travel, what ifs, suspense, action, mystery and excitement. I did not find it to be in any way predictable, which is refreshing for this avid reader. I never knew what would happen next.

I give Queen Mary's Daughter a well deserved 5 plus stars.

I received this book from the publisher. Th
Ben Langhinrichs
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've always been interested in the history of the United Kingdom, though it is too long and rich for me to know any of it in depth. So, it was with a good deal of anticipation that I picked up Queen Mary's Daughter, a time travel alt-history novel about how one woman, preemie daughter of Queen Mary, could be used to alter history to save Scotland from the clutches of the English.

For the most part, the story was gripping and fun. I liked the different characters, especially Mary Elizabeth, Jamie
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Queen Mary’s Daughter combines two of my favorite genres. It’s a contemporary story and a historical tale woven seamlessly together with a huge dollop of ‘what if’ by a master story teller. The very first pages captivated me and pulled me right into Mary Elizabeth’s world. The characters are well developed and have depth. I feel as if they’re real people I’d meet in my day to day life. (Excepting for the historical characters, which not being a time traveler as some are in the book, I couldn’t m ...more
Carole Rae
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another what-if story! Can't help but love reading these!

This one follows Mary Queens of Scot's what-if daughter. What-if one the twins lived and was saved. What if that daughter was saved because a time traveler taking her to modern day to save the preemie baby. One small change changed all of history. Mary Elizabeth grows up and finds out the truth about her being Mary's daughter AND a time traveler.

I did not expect the time traveling bit at all. Was it in the summary? *checks* Not seeing it.
Susan Dayley
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Mary, Queen of Scotts gave birth to twins while imprisoned by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England, they are born premature and do not survive. In this story, one of the twins, a girl, Mary Elizabeth, is secured away until she is grown.

This is accomplished by a time traveling grandmother. In the 21st century, not only does Mary Elizabeth receive the medical help she needs to survive, but she is raised with this century’s education and accumulated knowledge of defense, wars, and weapons.
R.A. McCandless
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s “Queen Mary’s Daughter” is a historical fiction that poses and answers the question, “What if Mary, Queen of Scots’s daughter had survived childbirth and become a time-traveler?” Initially, readers might be worried that they don’t have enough historical background on Mary Stuart or the events surrounding this time period in Scotland and England. Orford reduces the intricacies of this period of history to make it understandable for almost any audience.

Orford’s story is t
Robyn Echols
This was quite the adventure—both time-travel and action-wise—as characters moved between the 16th century and modern times. After her grandmother’s death, a modern Mary Elizabeth living in 21st century feels compelled by her grandmother’s earlier urgings to return to Loch Leven castle in Scotland. There she learned of her amazing heritage and is introduced to people who have played a role in the past, and now guide her as she learns her destiny.

My suggestion, especially to those from the Unite
Romuald Dzemo
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Queen Mary’s Daughter by Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a book that explores the possibility that there could have been another heir to the Scottish throne, and follows the life of a powerful, well-developed female protagonist, her work, and unusual adventures that bring history to life, compelling readers to ponder on a Scottish history that is culturally rich and filled with possibilities.

The poetic and descriptive nature of the prose gives the story an enjoyable feel that is pure delight to the
Kayti Raet
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite

In Queen Mary’s Daughter, a time traveling novel, author Emily-Jane Hills Orford poses a simple question: What if King James VI of Scotland didn't succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? What follows is a tale of intrigue, danger, and a dash of clean romance as Mary Elizabeth travels from Toronto to her grandmother's home country of Scotland. Looking to connect with her late gr
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
An unexpected fresh approach to a time travel novel.

This book is suitable to YA audiences but adults will appreciate it as well. The writing is clean and uncomplicated but the story has twists that may surprise you.
Mary Elizabeth is devastated to lose the grandmother that raised her. Gran's final words were to trace her roots "before it is too late." An heirloom ring given to Mary Elizabeth on her sixteenth birthday is crucial. Mary travels to Scotland thinking she has only two weeks to do the
Joanne Ferguson
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's the kind of book I like to read most often. I am fascinated with the Medieval/ Tudor time period. "Queen Mary's Daughter" is well written and flows easily. I was transported in time as if I were there watching the story unfold. I do not want to spoil this wonderful book for anyone by saying anything specific. If you enjoy books that keep you wanting to know what happens next, this is for you. I "travel" to this period in time often and this novel is right ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun, fast-paced historical fantasy novel with a touch of time travel. It focuses on Mary Elizabeth Stuart, who originally died at birth due to being premature, but survives in this story.

A danger of historical fiction is that the author dumps in every little detail they found in their research. Orford resists this impulse and, instead, creates a believable portrait of the past while keeping it accessible.

The characters are interesting and relatable. The historical stuff wasn’t too dry
Phyllis Bohonis
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This captivating novel takes the “what if” factor and time travel concept to a new level.

Combined, these concept makes for an interesting read. Now add the tumultuous Tudor period and you have a riveting novel that takes the reader back to an action-packed era in British/Scottish history.

Continuous time travel between the sixteenth, seventeenth and twenty-first centuries could become daunting, but the author has cunningly date-stamped the chapters to keep the reader well aware of their positio
Nancy Brandt
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
What if time travel were possible and "mistakes" of the past could be corrected?

That's the premise of Queen Mary's Daughter by Emily-Jane Hills Orford.

As someone who loved the TV show Reign about Mary, Queen of Scots, I was totally prepared to love this book. I also enjoy time travel books, so that was a point in favor of the story.

Unfortunately, I am also the wife of a physicist and we have discussed time travel and how it could/would work many times. That element was never fully explained in t
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have come to really enjoy historical fiction. And, the idea of a "what if" historical fiction storyline.... well, I had high hopes! That can turn out disappointing at times. This time, I was NOT disappointed!

I loved the characters in this book. If a book doesn't grab me pretty quick with great characters I tend to lose interest. But, thankfully, the characters in Queen Mary's Daughter were wonderfully done. The historical details were beautifully done and the thoughts and ideas so intriguing.
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Queen Mary's Daughter
by Emily-Jane Orford
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Emily Jane Orford's new novel, Queen Mary's Daughter, is a highly original, fast-paced, skilfully written alternate history set in the sixteenth, seventeenth and twenty-first centuries. The central character, a young Canadian editor named Mary Elizabeth, journeys to Kinross, home of Loch Leven Castle, to trace her roots. Raised by her grandmother after her parents' accidental death, she has grown up on stories about Scotland, and is
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Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medallist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-or ...more

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