Author: Daisy Goodwin
Publishing: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: November 22nd 2016
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Romance
STAR RATING: 4.5 ****
“MOVIE” RATING: PG
I love all things that took place between the 1600s and the mid-1800s so reading this was enjoyable for me as well as super instructive. Although there were few things I learned historical-wise, it was interesting to see into Victoria’s head as we first are shown to her before she is crowned and then the book ends a few years after she has become the Queen of England. One theme that stuck out to me throughout my reading is that life is certainly different for those who are bred to be sovereigns. Especially through this book, we see just how different this can be and how much they still have to change in order to mold into an ideal set by their parents and their people.
My copy that I read was an ARC but the pre-published grammatical errors hardly deterred me from the message and story being acknowledged here. The story is roughly about a young girl, sheltered her whole life by those who want to protect her. She then becomes Queen once her poor uncle has died when she has just turned eighteen and her whole world changes. All the sudden she has to learn so many things and the manners of being a sovereign. Her excitement is felt as well as her anxiousness to please her people whom she loves. Victoria grows quickly and learns so much but not enough to impress a suitor…. There is a little love story that blossoms but that isn’t until later in the book. However, I can say that it doesn’t disappoint and ends up being such a page-turner!
This novel certainly gave a new outlook and perspective on Queen Victoria and the youthfulness she had when she ascended to the thrown is quite remarkable. The writing is delicious and I ate it up almost immediately when I started. Words like mountebank and chignon don’t turn up too often in today’s speech but I so admired their insertion into this book and how the author truly captured the ways, words, and aspects of life as it was during this challenging, yet exciting time for the young queen and her subjects.
I also found out that the author of this novel is the creator and writer of the same Masterpiece presentation on PBS! So I’ll probably go and check that out soon as well. Overall, I loved this book and wish so much that there was MORE to read! I know Daisy Goodwin has written another novel called The American Heiress and I’ll look that up too! Bravo!
ABOUT Daisy Goodwin:
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.