Thursday, August 09, 2007

by Susan Holloway Scott

We meet Sarah Jenning, as a twelve year old girl, in 1673. For forty years, we follow her life as she moves from a mere commoner to the richest woman in England. Along the way, Sarah marries John Churchill and helps make him a national war hero. She befriends, the Princess Anne and follows her to the throne, only to have the relationship as the Queen's"favorite" challenged. Her knowledge of court politics both helps and hinders her, as she attempts to manipulate the Court for her interests. Risking treason, the couple help bring a new king to the throne. Duchess is told from Sarah Churchill's point of view, consequently we get a jaded view of events and people. I found myself debating over who I disliked more: Sarah or Queen Anne. Assertive or agressive, you be the judge!

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