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.
I never thought I would be one to love historical fiction! But it seems that I'm addicted to some of these! This one flows so well we start out with Victoria being little then being a teen then taking the first steps to becoming queen. This book is based off the diary from the real Queen Victoria which the author read when she was in college. I thought that was a very interesting thing to learn.
This story flows so well in way of time. I was engrossed within the pages and story as soon as I started the book. I didn't think I was going to fall in love with this like I did. I ended up staying up until 2am to finish it. The story in this amazing book gave us a lot of entrainment as well as some great information about the history of this amazing woman.
The characters of this book were amazing. You will feel what they feel, see what they see, the author did an amazing job making you feel like your there with them within their lives. You wanted Victoria to succeed! I guess also that this author wrote a show on PBS/Masterpiece so I am hoping to watch it as well. I have hear that it is based via this book so it will be interesting to follow along with the show.
You won't be disappointed if you choose to read this. I wouldn't use it for a paper if you need to write a report on this historical figure but it is one book that you won't be able to put down!
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