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Victoria: A novel of a young queen by the Creator/Writer of the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS
By: Daisy Goodwin
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Manufacturer: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250045460
Publication Date: 2016-11-22
Release Date 2016-11-22
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"Victoria is an absolutely captivating novel of youth, love, and the often painful transition from immaturity to adulthood. Daisy Goodwin breathes new life into Victoria's story, and does so with sensitivity, verve, and wit."
– AMANDA FOREMAN

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.


Amazon.com Review:

An Amazon Best Book of November 2016: For a monarch, there's perhaps no greater historical compliment than to have a time period named after you. Daisy Goodwin, author of The American Heiress, spotlights Victoria's earliest moments on the throne, from the days before her coronation, to her first clash with Parliament and the venerable Lord Wellington, and finally the moment when she proposes to her cousin, Prince Albert. As the 18-year-old queen assumes her regal duties, Victoria discovers the limitations of her governmental powers even as she spreads her wings as a woman who has escaped out from under her mother's thumb and can finally rule herself. There are dramatic missteps along the way, and more than once the reader may find Victoria unsympathetic. However, Goodwin does a deft job in her novelization of Victoria's first two years as monarch, exploring the emotional challenges for a young, sheltered woman who now sits on the throne of a powerful country. Some personages are little more than cardboard, but those who matter in this narrative—Lord Melbourne, Prince Albert, and Victoria herself—are penned with more detail, revealing an appealing and vulnerable side to a queen later viewed as nigh unassailable. —Adrian Liang, The Amazon Book Review



When Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, she was barely eighteen years. She had lived a sheltered life, smothered by her over-protective mother and manipulated by her mother's household comptroller/lover. She had not been trained to rule or educated in her powers and responsibilities. She had no one to ask what to do or to advise her. She was alone, on the throne of the most powerful country in the world.

Author Daisy Goodwin skillfully introduces readers to the young queen, tentative, unsure but determined to be a good queen, overcoming those who would rather have a regent in charge than a young girl. Goodwin brings the resplendent world of Victorian England to vivid life, complete with assorted intrigues, romance, and scandals.

The book stops at her engagement to Prince Albert and leaves the reader breathless and begging for more of the young queen's story.

 
By: Joanne Hamilton-Selway, ReaderToReader.com

Most people think of Queen Victoria only as the stern guiding force behind the British Empire. Few think of how she developed into one of the most influential monarchs ever to live. Daisy Goodwin's novel examines in fine detail the first years of Victoria's reign, when she was still an immature young lady trying to find her way into her own monarchy.

Her determination to throw off the yoke of her mother and her mother's advisor Sir John Conroy leads her into making many missteps along the way. However, one of her decisions is foundational to who she became: declaring that she would be known by her middle name of Victoria rather than as Alexandrina, her first name. Such a powerful new name befitted the queen she would become. The advice she received from her first prime minister, Lord Melbourne, also proved instrumental in creating Queen Victoria.

This novel is based on Victoria's own diaries and gives us unusual insight into the young queen. Even the dizzying changes in point-of-view do not detract from the intriguing storyline. Those who are captivated by the story can also watch it unfold in the US in January on PBS's Masterpiece. History buffs won't want to miss either the book or the television program!

 
By: Amy Sikes, ReaderToReader.com

Just eighteen years old when she became Queen of England, the woman we know as Queen Victoria served a long reign over her devoted subjects. Victoria led a very sheltered and insulated life before becoming Queen, and even when she ascended to the throne her life was one of servants, duty and isolation. Victoria had few people she trusted, and the chief among those was Lord Melbourne, the Prime Minister who became a close confidant and companion of the young Queen.

Melbourne was old enough to be Victoria’s father, and as that woman had grown up without a father, Melbourne easily filled that rather large gap in Victoria’s life. While Melbourne’s role was to aid the Queen with issues both domestic and abroad, he also served a role that was perhaps even more important – trusted friend and advisor. Victoria may have had romantic inclinations towards the Prime Minister, but as we know, in the end she married her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

Author Daisy Goodwin is the creator and writer of the series about Queen Victoria presented on Masterpiece/PBS, and this novel was written as Goodwin was also writing the television program. The novel reads much like one imagines the television show will proceed, and readers will be engaged from the start. Victoria is information rich but never tedious, and the insight to the closely controlled life of a very young monarch is fascinating. Victoria covers the period of time just prior to Queen Victoria ascending to the throne to her proposal of marriage to Albert, a short yet critical timespan in the young monarch’s history. Don’t miss this captivating glimpse into the life of one of the longest-reigning monarchs in modern history!

 
By: Joyce Greenfield, ReaderToReader.com


 
     
 
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