Getting cozy with the new book Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

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Victoria, Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, book, book review, she speaks, daisy goodwin, queen, queen victoria, royaltyWith the kiddos back in school and it getting cooler outside I have found myself reading a lot more and getting some “me” time. Sitting back relaxing, enjoying a glass of wine, a recently baked treat and a great book sometimes feels like I’m treating myself like royalty. Which brings me to a great book I just finished called Victoria by Daisy Goodwin.

Victoria, Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, book, book review, she speaks, daisy goodwin, queen, queen victoria, royaltyAbout Victoria:

“Victoria is an absolutely captivating novel of youth, love, and the often painful transition from immaturity to adulthood. Daisy Goodwin breathes new life into Victoria’s story, and does so with sensitivity, verve, and wit.”

Drawing on Queen Victoria’s diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin―creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria and author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter―brings the young nineteenth-century monarch, who would go on to reign for 63 years, richly to life in this magnificent novel.

Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world.

Despite her age, however, the young queen is no puppet. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name.

“I do not like the name Alexandrina,” she proclaims. “From now on I wish to be known only by my second name, Victoria.”

Next, people say she must choose a husband. Everyone keeps telling her she’s destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert, but Victoria found him dull and priggish when they met three years ago. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously.

On June 19th, 1837, she was a teenager. On June 20th, 1837, she was a queen. Daisy Goodwin’s impeccably researched and vividly imagined new book brings readers Queen Victoria as they have never seen her before.

Victoria, Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, book, book review, she speaks, daisy goodwin, queen, queen victoria, royaltyWhen I first received this book I wasn’t sure how well I was going to like it. I had never read anything that had to do with Queens and the “royal” life so I wasn’t sure what to expect. As I started to read the book and after finishing each page I found myself not being able to put the book down. At times I felt bad for Victoria because of how her mother treated her but other times I found she could be quite selfish! I couldn’t imagine being so young and having so many responsibilities even if you are the Queen. I love how detailed and written this book is because it made me feel like I was there back in time sitting along side the Queen riding horses and hanging out with Dash (her dog). Some parts were very intense and I just couldn’t stop reading!

Victoria, Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, book, book review, she speaks, daisy goodwin, queen, queen victoria, royalty

I’m actually kind of sad that I have finished the book because I would love to hear what’s next. I definitely recommend this book even if you don’t think it’s a type of book you would normally like.

Pre-orders can be placed now, but the book is available for purchase on November 22.

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What do you do to give yourself the royal treatment? Tell me in the comments below. 😉


  • strangedaze

    I’ve heard about this book and it’s gotten good reviews too. That bread looks delish!

  • Looks like a great book, but all I can see is that delicious bread. lol. I am hungry!

  • KoKoa Magazine

    I’m not often into romance pieces. However, when they have pieces of historical truth in them, it makes me excited!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This sounds like a great read and the kind of book I would like for sure. My sister would love this one too. This would make for a great gift idea. Thanks for sharing the awesome read.

  • I love period piece romance books and this book sounds like it will be a good one! Great review!

  • Great recommendation as I too don’t usually read books about the royals but this one sounds really interesting and a great read. Will have to look for the book here.

  • Chrissy Hme

    My mom and I love to read and always swap books. This one is going on my must read list.

  • Pam

    I love reading books about royals and their lives. This sounds like a book that I would really like to read.

  • I’ve heard good things about this book. It sounds interesting for sure. if only my to-read stack was not so huge.

  • Doria Miyata Murphy

    Oooooh I love reading about the British Royals! This book sounds right up my alley. Also, that bread looks delish!

  • This book sounds like a wonderful read. This is the type of book that I typically enjoy reading. I would love to check this one out for sure.

  • Nancy T

    This book sounds as though it is a perfect fit for me: I love reading historically based books, especially from this era. The author seems to bring out her full character, which must make for a fascinating read. I’m looking forward to adding this to my reading list. Thanks for providing the review and recommendation!

  • Shirley Wood

    I haven’t read a good book in a really long time. This one sounds interesting. The royal family is always interesting. This book would make a good stocking stuffer for the readers in our family.

  • Alli Smith

    I just received my copy in the mail yesterday and I haven’t started reading it yet. I can hardly wait to dive right in. Looks like such a great book!

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