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Saturday, April 29, 2017

#BookReview: Victoria by @daisygoodwinuk

Rating: 4 Pages

“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.






DAISY GOODWIN is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter. She is a Harkness Scholar who attended Columbia University's film school after earning a degree in history at Cambridge University, and was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. The creator and screenwriter of the Masterpiece presentation Victoria on PBS, she lives in London.



My Review
This book was a gem. The first 300 pages were excellent as you are taken through the life of Queen Victoria through her early years.  I really loved how the author didn't hold anything back. And I loved Victorica as a character. Although she was just finding her way, she was strong and did what she needed to do for her country.  You actually learn a lot about the way the country works in this one. Which was absorbing.  I really never thought that I would be one for historical fiction, but it seems that I just can't get enough of it.  I loved that this story came about from Victoria's own journals.  
The story flows so well, but the last 100 pages, as well as the end, was a little flat for me.  I really hope we get a continuing story about her life. As I felt the ending just kinda stopped but really didn't give us much of what happened. 












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