Thursday, January 12, 2017
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
About The Book:
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.
I love reading about the British royal family, be it the current reigning family or the families of past rulers, and I have always been especially fond of Queen Victoria. So I was thrilled to discover Daisy Goodwin's last book, "Victoria."
Goodwin takes her readers deep into the life of the young monarch Victoria and all the people who surrounded her and tried to influence her life. I absolutely loved the feistiness of the diminutive queen who had her own strong-willed ways and definitely a mind of her own.
This book, which goes along with the PBS production of "Victoria" (due to air January 15th), follows Victoria's life up until she meet the man of her dreams, Prince Albert, the man who would become her husband and the father of her vast amount of children. I can't wait to see how these stories play out onscreen.
If you are interested in real-life tales of this remarkable woman, "Victoria" is the book for you. I hope that Goodwin has plans to continue the look into the life of the Queen that an entire way of life is named for, I know I'll be waiting ...
About The Author:
DAISY GOODWIN is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter. She is a Harkness Scholar who attended Columbia University's film school after earning a degree in history at Cambridge University, and was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. The creator and screenwriter of the Masterpiece presentation Victoria on PBS, she lives in London.
My thanks to St. Martin's Press for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.