Author - Daisy Goodwin
ISBN - 9781250045461
My Copy - Purchased
Format - Paperback
Genre - Historical Fiction
Where You Can Find It - Goodreads - Waterstones - Barnes & Noble - Indigo - Book Depository - Amazon UK - Amazon US
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….
So even if this review is technically spoiler free it is a book based off of a TV show and so i am going to try to talk about the actual storyline as little as possible.
I loved the TV show and pre ordered this book but then i didn't read it right away, i read it about three months later, i did that for a specific reason and that was to actually distance myself from the TV show and read it as a book alone, but that was pretty much impossible even after the three months so i would say if you have seen the show then you are going to feel like you have deja vu a lot. I do however recommend reading the book before watching the show just because then you are not anticipating everything that is going to happen.
Historically, there isn't much stock in most of the 'love' storyline and that was brought up vehemently among Historical fanatic's and that puts me on the back foot because i personally didn't like that 'Love' story when i saw it played out on screen because for me Albert and Victoria's marriage and happiness and he was not a second choice.
There is a lot more detail in the book, but it ends before the series does, so that annoyed me and it was the main reason i gave it 4 instead of 5, i feel like it ends so prematurely. It just needed some more to finish it off properly.
On the other hand Goodwin's writing was truly brilliant, and i do want to read more from her in the future just nothing based off of a real person.
** This should have gone up on Wednesday, but i was ill so it is going up now along with another post.
Until Next Time