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"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."

Drawing on Queen Victoria's diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin--creator and writer of the new PBS Masterpiece drama Victoria and author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter-- brings the young nineteenth-century monarch, who would go on to reign for 63 years, richly to life in this magnificent novel.

Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth 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.

Despite her age, however, the young queen is no puppet. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name.

"I do not like the name Alexandrina," she proclaims. "From now on I wish to be known only by my second name, Victoria."

Next, people say she must choose a husband. Everyone keeps telling her she's destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert, 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.

On June 19th, 1837, she was a teenager. On June 20th, 1837, she was a queen. Daisy Goodwin's impeccably researched and vividly imagined new book brings readers Queen Victoria as they have never seen her before.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781466844100
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Nov 29, 2017

Good, light read - but would really like a historic novel about a queen to, just for once, not ONLY be about how she does or doesn't fall in love. There has to be more about these amazing women who reigned through decades of peace and prosperity, other than what man they chose to support them.

Oct 24, 2017

The writer of the PBS Masterpiece theater, Victoria, gives us insight into the world of the young Queen Victoria. Focusing on the diaries of the first two years of Victoria’s reign, the author has created a picture of a young woman, not only seeking guidance but love as well. Although, at times, the reader will have trouble sympathizing with the young queen, an appreciation of her strength will be gained.

Aug 22, 2017

I loved this book. It was so good even though it was the exact same story as the television series. The book is different and more personal than the TV series because you can know what the characters are thinking without having to guess. It was an enjoyable and good read. I look forward to reading more of Goodwin's works.

JCLColleenO Jul 06, 2017

This story revolves around the early days of Queen Victoria's reign up to her marriage to Prince Albert. Goodwin delivers an interesting look at the life of one of England's most beloved monarchs and her early years as queen. The story felt real, the characters were engaging, and overall I liked it a lot.

AL_TIEGAN Apr 10, 2017

If you have had the pleasure of seeing the show Victoria on Masterpiece on PBS, written by Daisy Goodwin, you do not need to read this book. It probably wouldn't have taken me as long to read if I'd picked it up before watching the show. But it is almost exactly the same as the majority of season one. So, if you have not seen the show, you would probably enjoy reading it more than if you have.

LPL_FisherA Mar 23, 2017

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin is the best book I've read so far in 2017. If you aren't familiar with the plot, Victoria is a coming of age story that chronicles Queen Victoria’s ascent to the British throne and the first two years of her reign. There are few books that hook me from the start and keep me interested throughout, and this is one of them. Everything about the writing is just so smooth and effortless. Reading imbues you with a sense of ease even when the plot strays into melodramatic territory. I loved how Victoria stayed true to her own principles even though the people around her (besides Lord Melborne) thought her unfit to rule for a variety of reasons and treated her like a child. She defied convention in many ways and through making mistakes transformed into an incredibly complex monarch figure (and someone I rooted for). My only complaint is that the book ended too soon. But, you can always watch the events unfold onscreen with the ITV/Masterpiece Theater adaptation.

SPL_Heather Feb 13, 2017

A full review of this light historical fiction page turner can be found under "Summary," which was first published in the Stratford Gazette on 9 Feb 2017.

debwalker Feb 10, 2017

Everyone was young once! Far from the stereotype of the dour forever-mourning widow, the story of the young, vibrant and spirited Victoria is enchanting.

Jan 29, 2017

I love this author, am loving the PBS series and loved the book- where is the rest of it????

Jan 21, 2017

An enjoyable and readable coming of age story of Queen Victoria. Goodwin does a good job of placing the reader in the setting although the history of the time takes a backseat to the personal experiences, internal motivation and feelings of Queen Victoria. It did end with the engagement of Victoria and Albert and I would have liked to see more of their relationship as it deepened over time but would still recommend.

Goodwin is also the writer for the TV series of the same name, airing on PBS in 2017.

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SPL_Heather Feb 13, 2017

Historical novelist and screenwriter Daisy Goodwin tells the story of a young Queen Victoria in her historical fiction novel Victoria. The story opens with eighteen year old Alexandrina Victoria inheriting the throne from her uncle in 1837. Most people thought she was too young, sheltered, and female to be Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. She surprises them all with a before unused authority and power and as one of her first acts as Queen, changes her name from the hated Alexandrina to Victoria. Raised under the strict Kensington System, Victoria was sheltered from society and allowed to walk down stairs only holding the hand of her governess and was forced to sleep in the same room as her mother. As Queen, her first experience of independence is fascinating to witness.

As Queen, Victoria must learn about her people, politics, and what it means to be a female monarch. She relies heavily on her first Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, who has a reputation as a ladies man. There is definitely an attraction between them, but her family wants her to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg. They had met as children and Victoria remembers him as stiff and serious. She is most certainly not interested.

This is a coming of age tale of a young woman thrust unexpectedly into a position of great responsibility. Victoria is stubborn and at times naïve but she is also clever and witty. The characterization in this book is wonderful and you feel as if you really know these famous historical figures. It is a page turner despite being a work of historical fiction. Author Daisy Goodwin studied Victoria’s diaries as a student at Cambridge and became fascinated by the feisty young version of a sometimes sober elderly monarch.

The novel follows the early period of Victoria’s rule and is a companion to the television series written by the same author. (The show is currently airing on PBS.) The romance and political dynamics keep the pace high in this novel that retains a light tone throughout. Victoria is not a serious historical account of facts, but a lovely insight into the personality and motivations behind a young Queen.


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