“To be a great queen, you must be more than a little girl with a crown.”
This was a brilliant, eminently readable book on the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign as queen. I always love a good historical fiction novel, and this one has quickly become one of my favorites! Daisy Goodwin does a fantastic job of breathing life and humanity to the life of Victoria, and her relationship with Lord Melbourne (or Lord M, as she likes to call him; also I might have a crush on him), and how she falls in love with Albert (that whole relationship is just ick—first cousins and what not). I found this book hard to put down!
As Daisy Goodwin wrote this book while she was writing the screenplay for Victoria, it pretty much goes hand-in-hand to review the miniseries along with the book. While the book is focused on Victoria, and her relationships with the various people in her life, the miniseries includes a look below stairs, to the relationships that are happening while Victoria is learning how to be a queen. I loved seeing this glimpse into the servants lives!
I do wish that the book had ended where the miniseries does—with the birth of Victoria’s and Albert’s first child. Instead, the book ends when Victoria proposes to Albert. This just makes me long for a second book where the main focus is the engagement and marriage and eventual birth of Bertie.
Both are so intertwined, I would recommend reading and watching both; they play off each other so well! I loved seeing these scenes that I had read about in the book come to life in the miniseries!
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars