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Classified as historical fiction, but based on real events and people, this is a rich and enthralling story.

Michelle Moran takes you back to the time leading up to the complete takeover of India by Britain. A time of innocence and blind faith. Just poor, to the upheaval of “normal” for India. Last Queen of India

Some traditions give way easily and some are hard fought. In a time when women have no say in what happens to them comes a father deeply devoted to his only child despite that child being a girl. Against tradition he teaches this beloved child to read and write. Another child is on the way and it is hoped that it will be a son. Unfortunately the mother dies while giving birth to a second girl.

There are no funds for 2 dowries and the oldest daughter at 9 years of age is considered past the age when a decent marriage can be made. In the mind of the grandmother there is only one alternative, the older child must be sold to a temple to be a prostitute. Neither the girl nor her doting father has any idea of the plan. Fortunately before the plan can be acted on it is foiled and the father decides that the girl stands a chance, with proper training, to be a personal guard to her highness the Rajasthan’s wife.

So begins training to make this young girl into a warrior fit for a queen. Many years later, at 17, she is given the opportunity of a lifetime and wins the right to enter the prestigious world of the Imperial House It is a heartbreaking decision to leave her father and baby sister but Sita is the only hope to ensure her sister’s future is safe.

There is much that this young girl from a tiny backwater village must learn in the palace. Top of that list is who and when to trust.

Despite a rough start Sita, through her common sense and heart becomes her queen’s staunchest support for what is soon to divide the country and its traditions.

Ms. Moran takes you into history but through the eyes of the women who dared to shape it. You are drawn into their lives, hopes, dreams and disappointments through the telling of this story.

I couldn’t put this book down and I don’t think you will be able to either.


The Last Queen of India by Michelle Moran

Available for $25.25 via Booktopia

Published by Hachette Australia,


Marlene Sanders

I am a 62 year old naturalised Australian (born in US). I have been in Australia since the week after Sept 11th. My favourite author would be Bertrice Small (historical romance with a fair amount of heat) but I will read almost anything so long as it is interesting. I am currently enrolled in GAA attempting to get a certification in gemology. When I worked it was as an office manager, but I am now retired. I have created a travel blog but if I am honest, have not updated it recently. I read online news ( and The Age) and one of my pet peeves is that no one proofreads the articles before they are posted. I have sent several emails to them offering my services but no reply.

  1. No, this type of literature reminds me too much of school days (not enjoyable) – now I LOVE crime novels – sad,eh ?

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    • Not sad at all Rhonda, nothing wrong with enjoying crime novels. Would you like to tell us about your favourites? I’m always looking for book related articles for the Starts at 60 Book club and many of the community love a good crime story.

  2. Lovely Marlene reviewed this book is currently travelling and sent her review through from “places remote”. Now that’s dedication, thanks Marlene. Sounds like an interesting book.

  3. Like the sound of this Marlene and will definitely add to my must read list.

  4. Thanks, Marlene. Sounds interesting. I enjoy most thing historical, especially involving other cultures. I will read Last Queen.

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