If it was not for the book club I would not have picked this up but I am so glad that I have. It is an absolutely riveting read, I could not put the book down. I can not believe how women and royal women at that are treated even today by a culture where men dominate. Of course it is the point of view of a princess but even so she tells stories of those she meets from different classes and societies. Some of the things that go on within the royal family is harrowing and not for the faint hearted, it explains what mothers will do for the basics in life.
It's a must read for all.