I am totally disappointed. When I read about the book, I thought that it must be a very interesting read and expected an unconventional view, interesting details, innovative and provocative thoughts. Simply a good and enjoyable read. Well, I expected too much. Far too much. Bess, the main character, and Queen is characterised in an unlikely way. When you are a woman, like I am, you will feel reduced to something only a man can think of. This characterisation isn't very convincing at all, just like the other characters. Not very original and not very funny. Preston did not think of many innovations - they still use fax machines, fly in old planes etc. Even if this is not so important, one would at least expect some original details. The part of the plot which I found was the most improbable was when the young Queen went to Oxford to study and what a surprise! chose the author's own college to live in. It seems as if Mr Preston wants to boast with his education and background. He is not able to use it in a refinded and subtle way which can be amusing and quite interesting to read but rather wants to let his readership know that he, too, is part of the Oxbridge elite. In addition, the book is simply boring and I had to force myself to finish it. It may sound good when it comes to advertising it, but it will disappoint anyone who expects something different and new.