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Christine P. (Gig Harbor, WA)
A Tedious Read
I struggled to get through Victoria. I am afraid I read this book from today's perspective. I got so tired of reading how Victoria would only be happy if she married. She would come into her own if she had a man to guide her. Too much detail was given to her infatuation with Lord Melbourne. This book was more romance than historical fiction.
Katherine J. (calumet park, IL)
When I first started reading this book,I thought it was going to be about the political side of becoming a queen, but it was mostly a coming of age book....AND I REALLY ENJOYED IT! I loved how even though Victoria was a queen she was still this innocent young girl who is learning about life and first loves as if she was a regular girl. It was a very quick read and I must admit I wasn't ready for it to end. Daisy Goodwin has a beautiful writing style and I'm excited to read her other books. So if you like historical fiction with a little bit of romance than you should really give this book a try. You will not be disappointed!
Maxine D. (Chicago, IL)
Very Enjoyable, A Young Queen Victoria came to Life for Me
In the 1990's I visited Kensington Palace where I had a wonderful tour which included the telling of Victoria's childhood there. As I began reading I recalled my visit. Knowing that this book is a series on Masterpiece Theatre coming in January, I feel the screenplay must of come first as this book reads more like a screenplay than a novel. I think this actually made it more enjoyable for me. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Masterpiece Theatre and I am looking forward to the series. I also hope that the author Daisy Goodwin will write another book or books on Queen Victoria as this book just begins to tell the story of her reign.
Deborah M. (Auburn Hills, MI)
This is the first time I have read this author, although I have been interested in several of her other titles. Victoria was a very good read. I enjoyed the story of a young girl who would become so influential in her country. I love a book that will make the reader want to continue learning about the subject. Daisy Goodwin has done a lot of research on this story about a neglected young girl whom nobody believed could become Queen. I love the feisty character and the transformation that made Victoria a powerful woman. The novel is so full of details and reads like the story of a mighty teenage girl who will change the world.
Barbara L. (Novato, CA)
I was of two minds regarding this novel of young Queen Victoria. I thought for the most part that it was an easy, pleasant read chronicling the early days or this 18 year old girl turned queen who had no preparation whatsoever for the task ahead. I enjoyed looking in on her relationship with Lord M, and how she began to develop as a woman.
Peggy A. (Morton Grove, IL)
Coming of Age Tale
But then I thought it really began to drag. I did not think the relationship with her cousin Albert was very well developed. I would have enjoyed more depth and insight into their union
I was really looking forward to this book as I enjoy historical novels. Also, the importance of this young British monarch is legendary. Unfortunately, I was let down by a rather fluffy and light weight rendering of Victoria. I found the antics of "Dish", Victoria's dog, more enjoyable! I would categorize this book as a "coming of age" novel rather than an historical fiction. Daisy Goodwin squandered an opportunity to convey any of the richness of the times in the 1830's
Susan W. (Leesburg, VA)
A good read
I found this book so very enjoyable. The author made the subject matter of the life of a very young queen come to life. Not only was the story of Albert and Victoria told, but her life before being queen and in the beginning of her reign. The political intrigue of royal court and all the people around her with their own agendas is relevant even today. This should make a good mini-series.
Linda V. (Independence, KY)
I was looking forward to reading about a young girl who becomes a strong woman leading her country. All I got was a weak story line of a romance. Victoria relies on Melbourne throughout, never really involving herself in her country's politics. She goes by her hairstylist's sadness, Melbourne's politics, etc. to make decisions on her next royal ruling. Never delving into what is truly going on in her country. This is a romance novel of "spirited young girl meets awkward young prince" with no meat or depth. She is more concerned about her hairstyles, the cut of her dress than the turmoil in her country. No where in this novel is there a hint of the depth of Victoria either as a queen or a woman. I am so disappointed.