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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  26,595 ratings  ·  3,320 reviews
“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 statur
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 1st 2016)
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Patty I don't know how you could think this would be "erotica" is about Queen Victoria of England.....hence the term from "Victorian" times...good grie…moreI don't know how you could think this would be "erotica" is about Queen Victoria of England.....hence the term from "Victorian" times...good grief!(less)
Teresa the first 2/3 of the book is pretty much the first 2 episodes of the series. If you saw the show before you read (as I did) it's like seeing the TV sh…morethe first 2/3 of the book is pretty much the first 2 episodes of the series. If you saw the show before you read (as I did) it's like seeing the TV show in repeat in your head. It's even the same dialogue.(less)

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Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 forward to the release of "The Gilded Age," "The Crown," and "Victoria," all of which handled similar themes and historical families. I won this book through a giveaway but had already started watching the TV series. I finished the book this week with one episode still left to watch to see how this ch ...more
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 version of events reads more like a historical romance than a work of historical fiction.
As the sheltered Victoria tests the waters of her new found freedom and power, she often clashes with her mother and others who attempt to gain influence over her or advise her.

The Queen holds resentment in her h
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 path to the throne-- but she can only hope her ailing uncle, the current king, holds on until her eighteenth birthday. Because like many teenagers, this princess is looking to get away from her overprotective mother.

When she's crowned she takes on a new name, Victoria, and finally gets her own bedroom.
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 may not know, however, is that the author of this book is also the writer and creator of the ITV series (also titled Victoria) that coincides with it. I actually watched season 1 of the show first before reading the novel, so it's extremely difficult for me not to compare the two and to be honest, I m
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 that was written into the story and if it had any basis in historical fact. ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 independence and her attachment to Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne that sparked many rumours. Although there were times that I wavered in liking the depiction of Victoria as an angst ridden teenager with a"crush" on a much older man, I lapped it all up. Like other reviewers, I would have liked an author's n
Frank Phillips
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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 writing is just simply great. Who would have thought that a royal would be raised under such strict conditions? I mean, having to hold one's hand anytime you go down the stairs?! Can we say paranoid much?! I am German, and absolutely loved/hated The depiction of Victoria's strict German mother in this! ...more
Jar Pick #2

I did something that I don't usually do.

I watched the tv show before I read the book.

I know! SHAME! but I didn't know there was a book until I was halfway through the show.

Victoria is about the early years of Queen Victoria's reign. It spans from her 18 birthday until she proposes to Prince Albert. Queen Victoria is one of the most consequential monarchs in history but in the early days it was rough. She was only 18 when she claimed the Throne, she had a German mother(Germans were
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
shamelessly putting this on my tbr list, as a history student I have sinned


I'd say it was pretty much exactly like the show, minus the downstairs subplot and the fact that (view spoiler) The dialogue was basically identical to what they worked with on screen, but some scenes had more subtle details, which I loved. The Vicbourne build-up was beautifully done (ugh the pain) and Albert only made his entrance towards the 70% mark, not complaining.

Maria Espadinha
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Victoria Was One Of Ours

Victoria, the Queen who gave birth to an Era, had a passion for words. She started writing by the age of 13 and ended 10 days before her death. In addition to manny letters, she compiled her memories in 121 volumes of journals. Her whole life was there, in 60 millions of her own words, providing enough material for a faithful biography. Based on those sources, Daisy Goodwin turned the Queen’s life into a supremely enjoyable novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I realy enjoyed it but in the end I felt so sorry for lord melbourne , in the show he gets more apprication , but I must say that I for once liked prince albert because in the show wasn't he so kind and now I saw him in an different light , had an great time reading this book ...more
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 is a genre I have sort of shied away from in the past because I wasn't a big fan of history in school but I thought this was wonderful and the kind of book I would like to read on a regular basis. Actually thinking about it, the few historical fiction books I have read (Salt To The Sea, All The Light ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Here we have the potential for an epic story. A young woman, sheltered for her entire life, becomes Queen at the age of 18. Grievously unprepared, she somehow still succeeds to become one of the most successful and well known monarchs of the British Royal line and, until recently, the longest reigning. Add to that the sweeping romance with her husband, Prince Albert, and you have a recipe for a riveting story, right?

I thought so, until I started this book.

Let's start with the writi
The Lit Bitch
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am going to preface this post by saying that Queen Victoria is absolutely my favorite queen! I’ve had my eye on this book for MONTHS waiting for it to come out.

When this came up for review I literally jumped for joy. So I was already geared up to love this one but my biggest fear was that because I was so excited to read it that I didn’t want to be let down if it wasn’t good.

Well my fears were entirely unfounded! This was an excellent read!

I have been a fan of Daisy Goodwin’s novels for quite
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Had so much fun consuming this story in novel form. I'm such trash for Victoria and Albert, just thinking about the fact they didn't spend their lifetimes together makes me want to cry. (Actually, I have spontaneously cried about it once.)

This has definitely sparked an interested in more historic royal tales, too! But, right now, it's time for me to start re-watching season 1 before diving into season 2.
Ashley DiNorcia
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-fiction

Oh, young Victoria. This book covers 18/19 year old Victoria as she comes into power, acts like a child, stomps "But I'm the QUEEN" and you know, does Queen stuff. I did quite like this for the most part. The beginning started off strong but it got dragged out quite a bit in the middle. Not much happened and it felt like she was trying to stretch this story out perhaps because it was constrained due to the upcoming series on PBS. It did pick back up towards the end though and I'm curious to s
Another wonderful Daisy Goodwin novel. Her writing is so beautiful and descriptive. Couldn't put it down.Full review you can find on my blog: ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'll watch the miniseries, which will probably be gorgeous. However, the writing on the novel is lackluster and there's not really enough story to justify a 350+ page novel. ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a big fan of historical fiction and found this book to be delightful and a page-turner. The young Queen Victoria is endearing, annoying, youthful and an old soul all at once. She sees her foes and learns to handle them easily.

I was rooting for Lord M throughout the book- such a wonderful male character! Loved him!

Like all Daisy Goodwin books, this is a delightful must-read!

I received an Advance Review Copy. All opinions are my own.
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
I received this book for free from SheSpeaks

Victoria has lived a sheltered life before she became the Queen Victoria that we are all familiar with. Her mother didn't let her socialize or experience much outside of the walls of house, so in turn she doesn't know much about the world. At eighteen years of age, she find herself the Queen and with this comes not only great responsibility, but also a chance for her to carve out her own path. Thanks to Lord Melbourne, the prime minister, she learns th
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, general-lit
Pg 254 "....there was a feeling that a young, personable queen of marriageable age must be in want of a husband." ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-list, fiction
I had high hopes for this book. Really, I did. With the hoopla surrounding the ITV series by the same name, perhaps my expectations were just too high.

For me, part of what makes a novel compelling is a main character who has a solid purpose--a strong goal that they are desperate to achieve. In this case, a young Queen Victoria is painted as a spoiled, whiny child, who cycles through emotions faster than anyone I've ever known, real or fictional. This didn't read as realistic, to me. She punishes
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I'm impartial though because I love Queen Victoria and the show that this is based on (they follow each other extremely closely which is pretty cool). Just wish there was a sequel to coincide with the second season. ...more
debbicat *made of stardust*
This was a good book. Interesting and light. I liked it. I just didn't love it. I anticipated more of the romance between Victoria and Albert than was written here. I found it disappointing that Albert doesn't become much of a character until 80% of the book. I also didn't like that the supposed romance between Melbourne and Victoria took up so much reading space. I grew really tired of it actually. I picked it up and put it down several times, but, I really wanted to see the upcoming series so ...more
Having watched the PBS series, Victoria, it was obvious how closely the show was inspired by the book. This, though, did not deter from my enjoyment of the audiobook.
Raised in isolation, Victoria was ill prepared to become Queen of England. Fortunately she was wise enough to see the benefit of seeking the wise council of Lord Melbourne. With his guidance, she is able to exert her own authority into her reign. Despite her young age, and small stature, Victoria is spunky, intelligent and clever.
Karen Whittard
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first historical fiction that I have read that I actually enjoyed. Daisy has such a wonderful engaging writing style. I got swept away with the regency of it all. I have always loved Queen Victoria and always thought that she was one of the best Queens we have had. Her love between her and Albert I thought was always so beautiful. I loved going to her house at Isle of Wight as well. I recommend this book to everyone. It was wonderful

Happy reading everyone
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was richly written and I could see the scenes in my head (which makes sense as the author, Daisy Goodwin, is also a screenwriter for PBS).
Every time I picked up this book I settled in, ready to escape to Buckingham Palace for a couple of hours.

Victoria follows the life of Queen Victoria, beginning in 1835 right before she becomes Queen of England at age 18 and ending when she marries Prince Albert in 1840.

Victoria is trying to make her own way and reign, despite prejudices ag
Melanie Kilsby
For a fictional book, this was incredible and historically accurate for the most part, in my opinion. Mrs. Goodwin did an amazing job recollecting facts to bring Victoria's story back to life, which I so appreciated. Though I know some facts were a little swayed, especially those of faith, most were spot on.

Unfortunately, there was a few down falls for me regarding this book. Knowing that religion and faith play a HUGE part of the Royal family, I was expecting more. The British monarchy feel it
4.5 stars - Incredible. I really loved it.

Not having read anything about Queen Victoria before, this story was very intriguing, leading me down various rabbit holes of research. The relationship with her prime minister is totally inaccurate, but nonetheless made for a very lovely light and enjoyable read, along with creating a memorable character. Now that I have finished the novel, I will rather miss hearing the advice of Lord M.
Favorite Quote:: “I w
Jude: The Epic Reader
Im kind of in love with Queen Victoria (Its hard not to love someone whose just as short as you are)...and I love her with Prince Albert even more, though he was only in here for the last hundred pages which really depressed me because I love him.
I watched the first season of the TV show before this and I kind of expected for this book to go as far as the show did and it didn't which upsets me. I really need another book that continues the story.
I've also like the movie, The Young Victoria, whic
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“I was so happy … before.’
‘I find that happiness can always be recollected in tranquillity, Ma’am,’ said Melbourne.
Victoria put her hands down and looked up at him, her pale blue eyes searching his face. ‘You were happy too?’
When Melbourne spoke, it was in the voice not of the urbane Prime Minister, but of a man of advancing years who is facing the loss of the only thing that is still capable of bringing him joy. ‘You know I was, Ma’am.”
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