“They think I am still a little girl who is not capable of being a Queen.”

Lord Melbourne turned to look at Victoria. “They are mistaken. I have not known you long, but I observe in you a natural dignity that cannot be learnt. To me, ma’am, you are every inch a Queen.”

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….

Drawing on Victoria’s diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen even more richly to life in this magnificent novel.

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    Victoria Reviews

  • Stephanie

    Wonderful, vibrant historical fiction focused on Queen Victoria's early days ! Don't expect the staid and serious book here. Rather, Victoria is a light, compelling, page-turner that reads as a coming...

  • abby

    A coming of age story. But with crown jewels.Princess Alexandrina Victoria, or Drina as her family calls her, knows that she will be queen one day. A complicated line of succession has cleared her pat...

  • Julie

    Victoria by Daisy Goodwin is a 2016 St. Martin?s Press publication. This is a light and easy spin on Queen Victoria?s first days as the Queen, being at the ripe old age of eighteen. This fictional...

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    Thank you to Headline Review and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book for me to review!Victoria is a novelisation of Queen Victoria's ascension to the British throne in 1837. What you may or ma...

  • Erin

    3.5 stars Well, this was just pure reading pleasure. More historical romance than historical fiction, "Victoria " swirls around the early days of the English monarch's reign, her struggles for indepen...

  • James

    4+ stars to Daisy Goodwin's Victoria, a historical fiction novel released with a PBS TV series bringing the book to life on Sunday evenings. I was very sad when Downton Abbey was ending, but looked fo...

  • Frank Phillips

    I absolutely loved this book. The attention to detail, the character development, the overall splendid writing and Drammatic plot earned a 4-4.5 star rating! Not only is it spot-on factually, the writ...

  • Misfit

    Well, that was all fluff and nonsense that went on waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long. The Lord Melbourne 'romance' was not appreciated by this reader, especially without an author's note with reasons why tha...

  • vicky ?

    shamelessly putting this on my tbr list, as a history student I have sinnedEDIT:I'd say it was pretty much exactly like the show, minus the downstairs subplot and the fact that (view spoiler)[it ended...

  • Sarah

    I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did so I'm very pleasantly surprised! I requested it on NetGalley because it sounded intriguing and now, I'm so glad that I did! Historical fiction i...