I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
Published by St. Martin's Press on November 22nd 2016
Source: St. Martin's Press
“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.
Daisy Goodwin does again. This time she brings her readers Victoria. Victoria has been living a sheltered life. She was kept trapped within the walls of her home. Her mother wouldn’t let her go out and socialize with people. Victoria doesn’t know much of the world outside her own home. When she comes queen at the age of eighteen, Victoria finds a chance to create her own life. As Victoria is trying to figure out her own life, she is reminded of her responsibilities of queen.
I really liked Goodwin’s glimpse of Victoria’s life. She creates this beautiful story of a young girl trying to find her way in the world. I think so many of us feel that way growing up and gaining more responsibility. Just in Victoria’s case, she is becoming queen. Goodwin did a great job with this story and giving her reads an insight on Victoria’s young life. I think it is wonderful showing the struggles that Victoria has with finding her new found freedom.
Victoria’s relationship with Lord Melbourne was definitely an interesting one to read into. The guy is way too old for Victoria but she is falling for her. I was curious to see what would happen with this friendship/relationship/work relationship. It was a weird situation. I think it made the story interesting and I definitely wanted to know what would happen with Victoria because she is betrothed to Prince Albert.
I think Goodwin did a great job with this novel. I really enjoyed getting to know Victoria more and seeing more into her life. Goodwin’s writing is fantastic. I’m always impressed with the story and her characters. I look forward to seeing what Goodwin has for us next.