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"The research is impeccable, the attention to details - from protocol to petticoats - perfect, and it brings the formidable figure of Victoria to sparkling life." (Sunday Mirror)
"Victoria is an absolutely captivating novel of youth, love, and the often painful transition from immaturity to adulthood. Daisy Goodwin breathes new life into Victoria's story, and does so with sensitivity, verve, and wit." (Amanda Foreman, New York Times best-selling author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire, and 2016 chair of the Man Booker Prize)
Early one morning, less than a month after her 18th 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. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.
The young queen is no puppet, however. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name.
Everyone keeps saying she is destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, 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.
Drawing on Victoria's diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin, author of the best-selling 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 richly to life in this magnificent audiobook.
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By Taren on 12-18-17
The Young Victoria
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.
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By Tommy on 02-06-18
This book is identical to the BBC/PBS show Victoria, except for how in-depth a book is compared to a show. It’s lovely to hear the motivations for things that I saw in the show. Can’t wait to read part 2!
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