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What made the experience of listening to Victoria the most enjoyable?
If you loved Netflix's The Crown, you will devour this!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Victoria?
Any time she stood up to Sir John Connolly.
What does Anna Wilson-Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The voices and accents!
If you could take any character from Victoria out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Lord M! I feel like he would be incredibly entertaining!
Any additional comments?
Finished watching the Crown on Netflix and needed an immediate fix. This book did the trick!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Those of us who enjoy the history of the British monarchy have definitely heard of Queen Victoria. But how much do we really know about her life before being queen, or even her life before marrying Prince Albert? This book focuses on just this period of her life. It starts around age 16 then jumps to age 18 when she assumes the throne in the wake of her uncle's death. From there, it maps out the trials & achievements of a very young monarch that is simply trying to learn the job. We leave our main character with her having proposed marriage to her cousin Prince Albert, & as we know, he accepts & the two being a family & reign togther for 21 blissful years.
I'll admit that I knew only the baseline story of Queen Victoria. I knew even less about her life prior to assuming the throne. The author did a fantastic job of putting history in an enjoyable, easy-to-read format that simply tells the story of a young girl learning a difficult job while looking for love in all of the impossible places. As a fiction story it wonderful, but knowing that it's a true story just makes it even better! I particularly enjoyed seeing the human side of Victoria, the side that makes mistakes & sometimes jumps to wrong conclusions. It's in reading these things that I began to be able to identify with her not as a queen, but as a woman who experiences many of the same problems as the next woman. I am currenly in the process of watching the TV series that is based on this book. I like what I'm seeing so far!
Age recommendation: 12 & up (very clean, but some elements may be over a younger reader's head)
On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 9.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful