If you follow me on social media or seen my latest Things I Fancy you may have seen me raving about this book and the show already. I’ve loved it so much I decided that I just needed to do a review of it on it’s own.
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
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….
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I don’t know if I can tell you how much I loved this book but I’ll try. I really and truly loved it. So very much. If you’re a history buff and looking for a biography of Queen Victoria this probably isn’t the book for you. This is most definitely a fictionalized account of the Young Queen’s reign; in fact you’ll find it in the fiction section.
It’s a bit sensationalized and a bit romanticized I think but it’s such a fun read while still having the historical aspect of her story of when she took the throne at the age of eighteen. The story line between Queen Victoria is a lot more of a romantic one than actually happened in real life. In real life she thought of him as a father but the book and the show has her having actual feelings for him. So you can definitely see where the romanticism of her story comes in.
Then of course she finally sees Albert again and that’s a bit more true to history except the book doesn’t really cover much of their relationship. You get much more of it in the show.
It’s very rare for me that I will read a book that’s been made into a TV show or a movie if I’ve seen the screen version first. This is probably the first time I’ve done it because I started watching Victoria the show before I got my hands on the book.
I had expectations of reading the book and getting way ahead of the show but I was a bit let down that the book only covers the first four episodes which is only about the first year or so of Queen Victoria’s reign. I was expecting to get a bit more in the book but it followed the show so closely that it was only able to cover that first little bit.
The fact that it followed the show so closely is why I was able to read the book after seeing the show though. You got to read what you know with the added benefit of Victoria’s thoughts which I really enjoyed.
If you’re into history and you love royal fluff you will love this book. It’s a fun look back at the beginning of the reign of one of England’s most famous Queens in a way that isn’t completely rigid or just about history and conflict or anything like that.