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 when it comes to the changing time between the pages. I was engrossed within the 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 gives readers a lot of entrainment as well as some great information about the history of this amazing woman.
The historical people written about within this book are amazing. You will feel what they felt and see what they saw. The author did an amazing job making you feel like your there with them, within their lives. You wanted Victoria to succeed! This author also wrote a show on PBS/Masterpiece. I hope to watch it as well. I have heard that it is based on 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!
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.