"[A] powerful and resonant story of compassion, love, and finding a way to fulfill obligations while maintaining one's identity." - PW, starred review
Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she'll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire's greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.
Published by Dutton.
Illustration by Elizabeth Traynor
Design by Elaine Damasco and Theresa Evangelista
"... there is nothing else like it." -Booklist, starred review.
"... this witty and romantic story is a must read." - SLJ, starred review