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Victoria: A novel of a young queen by the Creator/Writer of the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS
By: Daisy Goodwin
List Price: $26.99
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(as of: 12/09/18)
Manufacturer: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250045460
Publication Date: 2016-11-22
Release Date 2016-11-22
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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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