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….
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I can’t remember reading any books that were about Queen Victoria. And after reading this book I found myself wanting to know more, much more. I was pleased to find that the book was very accurate to what I read online about both Queen Victoria and the time period.
The setting and the characters were all very well written.
The thing that held this book back from being 5 stars would have to be the fact that it seemed to drag on. I thought the book was going to cover more of Queen Victoria’s life than it actually did.