“They think I am still a little girl who is not capable of being a Queen.”
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
*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange of a honest review*
When I watched the TV show I loved this story so I knew I had to give the book an opportunity. It wasn’t anything different, less from Albert (which is a shame) but what you saw is what you get here.
I’m not sure why this was divided in four books in the same book. This felt weird. There are different POVs but the main one is Victoria’s. I don’t have anything else to say other than for me this was a fast read, easy to get into and to continue (thought this might be influenced by the tv show in a way)
I didn’t know anything about Victoria, like nothing at all. I’m love knowing about queens and kings so this is perfect for me.
A bit of story of Drina and then Victoria, through the book growing and learning not only to be a queen but a woman too. I think this meant for her some character development though I believe she still has a long way.
There aren’t any real governament issues, problems or a lot of politics. This is more about the Queen and her life. The romance is very important and I really enjoyed it.
I don’t feel like I have anything else to say, it didn’t blow my mind but I really enjoyed it. Now I want to watch the tv show again!
As you may know I looove Albert, his character is, to me, so interesting and I always want to know more about him. However there are other characters too… Albert,Albert,Albert…
Victoria: She is a bit childish though I can’t imagine being a queen. I’m almost 18 years old, same age as her and wow. As I said before she has character development, she learns not always just the easy way but it’s interesting to read her mistakes.
Duchess: I think she was easy to manipulate and she was manipulated for years and years. I believe she loves Victoria but she shouldn’t have let Conroy do many things and interfering with Victoria.
Lord M: I really like his character, he is the first one to really support Victoria as a Queen, helps her as much as he can and I believe he loves her too. However he realises that they can never be anything but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel it.
Conroy: I really disliked him. He was so manipulative and bad sometimes, with Victoria the most but he kind of liked the Duchess. I honestly say that I’m happy with his ending.
There are more characters here and there, I liked most of them and of course there are others that I didn’t like.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, as I watched the tv show first, I knew what would happen through all the book so it didn’t have any surprise. It was good to be back in the story.
“Was it so very dark there, ma’am?
It was hard, sometimes, to see things clearly.”
About the author:
DAISY GOODWIN, a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia University’s film school after earning a degree in history at Cambridge University, is a leading television producer in the U.K. Her poetry anthologies, including 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, have introduced many new readers to the pleasures of poetry, and she was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. That was the year she published her first novel the American Heiress ( My Last Duchess in UK) , followed by The Fortune Hunter and now Victoria. She has also created VICTORIA the PBS/ITV series which starts in January. She has three dogs, two dogs, and one husband.