Meet Eugenie: a teen from a noble family who must travel to a French settlement in America to escape possible execution in the midst of the French Revolution. Meet Hannah: a young Quaker girl who lives a simple life with her family. In Waiting For the Queen, by Joanna Higgins, these girls’ lives intersect when Hannah’s family is hired to wait on Eugenie and her fellow French aristocrats as they struggle to adapt to the rustic settlement. Eugenie suffers major culture shock when she discovers her new house is a shack instead of a palace, while Hannah has difficulty being forced to curtsy when her religion teaches that everyone is equal. Read this riveting novel to find out how they try to adjust to their constantly changing lives.
Book reviewed by Amy S., Youth Services Assistant