"The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots" by Carolly Erickson is a very well-written historical fiction book. It centers on Mary Queen of Scots, from her life as a pre-adolescent girl all the way up to womanhood. The reader is filled in on all the details of her life--both the good and the bad. There is a monumental journey as Mary marries, becomes queen, is widowed, is married again, has murder strike close to her heart, is not with her true love, marries her true love, loses her true love, is betrayed by family, learns what trust is, and accepts death. The whole book is a rollercoaster of details that will make readers interested in European History.
This book can be understood by all, regardless of their historical background. While the title has the word "memoir" in it, the book reads like an ordinary novel. There are several characters, but the main ones are clearly identified. The book has rape, consummation, and other mature themes included. There are some graphic parts that are not suitable for young children. Most of all, readers will enjoy learning that women from years ago still faced similar challenges of growing up, learning how to love, being hurt, and facing fear.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Troy, NY USA