Published by St. Martin's Press on November 22, 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
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“They think I am still a little girl who is not capable of being a Queen.”
Lord Melbourne turned to look at Victoria. “They are mistaken. I have not known you long, but I observe in you a natural dignity that cannot be learnt. To me, ma’am, you are every inch a Queen.”
In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.
One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband….
Drawing on Victoria’s diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen even more richly to life in this magnificent novel.
I absolutely loved this book! I have to admit though that I watched season one of Victoria before I read this book. I really enjoyed who true to the book the series was, in some parts, it was even word for word. Anything British royalty and I’m on it.
There were so many interesting parts of the book and it was great that the book didn’t focus on only one time or aspect of Queen Victora’s life. It must have been hard to become Queen at such a young age, but Queen Victoria rose to the occasion. This took me a little bit longer to read, but that was mostly due to life getting in my way.
Queen Victoria keep detailed journals almost everyday of her life. The author sourced from these journals, and it truly shows. The historical parts of the book were right now.
Overall I loved this book! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the TV series or anything British royalty or historical fiction.