Admittedly I’m not a big history buff, and the only thing I recall about Queen Victoria was that she looked like a grumpy lady-type that you dreaded having to kiss on the cheek at the holidays. Still, I am a big royal watcher, but mostly of the hot prince kind. I even used to have a subscription to Royalty when I was a kid. Needless to say, I love a romance and if it’s a royal one, so much the better.
Now that I’m an adult, I am a big fan of biographies and documentaries but still love romance and royalty. Victoria by Daisy Goodwin is the perfect mix of historical fiction with a romantic spin. Forget about any dry, boring prose about the 19th century; this telling is fresh, light and full of dishy tidbits about court life. Goodwin portrays Queen Victoria as a vulnerable young girl who comes into her own through trial and error and the entire country watching for a misstep. I felt for her in her inability to do as she pleased (because what 18-year-old doesn’t want to let loose) and admonished her at the same time for her choices (it’s never a good idea to fall for your older colleague, no matter how charming). Breezy and fun, Victoria is a story that any modern gal starting out can relate to, i.e. first job, first new place, first broken heart, first love. This story could charm the heart of any chick-lit fan as it is still relatable.
Though I have consoled myself with repeat viewings of The Young Victoria, I can hardly wait to see Victoria, the tv show, when it comes to PBS early next year. I am so stoked to come across this story, and Goodwin’s informative and warm style piques my history bone. I will be adding her catalog to my TBR. If only all history books could be this good.