By: Daisy Goodwin
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
If you are a history buff and love historical romance…this is must-read
Shortly after turning eighteen Alexandrina Victoria became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Because she was small and young, along with living a sheltered life, many people didn’t think she was qualified to be Queen. After her uncle, William IV, died she surprised everyone by changing her name from “Drina” as her family called her, to Victoria. She also asserted her new-found freedom in demanding she sleep in her own room rather than her mother’s room and meet with her ministers alone.
Lord Melbourne, a widower, (and what some would call a womanizer), became not only Victoria’s secretary but her closest friend and confidant. She even found herself falling in love with him even though he was old enough to be her father. However she was destined to marry Prince Albert, her cousin. Although as a child she found him to be critical of everything and way too serious she realized that sometimes you have to forego love in order to serve your country.
All I can say…is captured from the first page! I love historical romance and especially when it has such great subject matter as Queen Victoria. Ms. Goodwin’s spin on history will definitely keep you turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. In my opinion, this is a definite must-read and one you will keep on your library shelf to read again.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, St Martin’s Press through Netgalley Blogger Review Program. I was not required to give a favorable review just an honest opinion, nor was I compensated for my review—all opinions and musings are my own.