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Drawing on Queen Victoria’s diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin―creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria and author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter―brings the young nineteenth-century monarch, who would go on to reign for 63 years, richly to life in this magnificent novel.
Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world.
Despite her age, however, the young queen is no puppet. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name.
“I do not like the name Alexandrina,” she proclaims. “From now on I wish to be known only by my second name, Victoria.”
Next, people say she must choose a husband. Everyone keeps telling her she’s destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert, but Victoria found him dull and priggish when they met three years ago. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously.
On June 19th, 1837, she was a teenager. On June 20th, 1837, she was a queen. Daisy Goodwin’s impeccably researched and vividly imagined new book brings readers Queen Victoria as they have never seen her before.
I really do enjoy historical novels and Daisy Goodwin certainly knows how to write a good historical novel. I did not want to put this book down, sleep really got in the way of my reading! ha! While I do believe there may have been some pieces of the true history missing from this novel I would not let that steer you away from this book.
Goodwin can describe the setting to the point that you feel like you are sitting with Victoria through her struggles, life experience and daily routines. Being such a young lady, I could really relate with Victoria as she took the throne. There were some moments of intensity that had me turning pages like crazy, don’t you love books like that?
I would recommend this novel to anyone that wants to escape and feel intimately attached to a book. Especially if you enjoy the Victoria times and style, which I do so this book was perfect for me.
Pre-orders can be placed now, but the book is available for purchase on November 22. Make sure you get your hands on this book and if you are looking for a great gift idea for the book lover on your holiday list you must pick up this new release! To learn more about Victoria and purchase the Novel visit here.