Today I'm doubly delighted: firstly to welcome historical fiction author, Debra Brown, to the blog, and secondly because Debra writes about Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, a place very close to my heart.
|Osborne House - the main building can be glimpsed through trees for miles around.|
(Note that I did not say Victoria and Albert!)
The very first years of their marriage was a real trial for Albert. He had grown up in The Rosenau, the country residence of the Dukes of Coburg, enjoying the rural delights of life. After marrying the Queen, he was stuck in HER homes, Buckingham Palace, with so much soot in the air that they could barely breath (nor could anyone else in the Town)and Windsor Castle, which at the time had not the parks and grounds that it does today. Indeed, they were hemmed in tightly in comparison. Albert was relegated to the position of a disapproved foreigner and an observer at first, but over some months began to insist that things be run more efficiently and economically at Buckingham. He truly did make some excellent changes, but it was still the English people's Queen's home.
|Shanklin beach - just one of the many natural attractions on the Isle of Wight.|
Debra Brown, Author of The Companion of Lady Holmeshire
To be published in 2011 by World Castle Publications
Book Website: http://authordebrabrown.blogspot.com/
Grace: Thank you so much for visiting Debra.
(I'm lucky enough to have an advance copy of 'The Companion of Lady Holmeshire' and its next on my list...I can't wait to get reading!)
Have you visited the Isle of Wight? Do you have a special hideaway you love to visit?
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