I’m back and I’m happy to say that I’ve finished first book for the Reading Challenge that I was talking about in my previous post here.
I know that I am young, but I am ready for the great responsibility that lies before me
What can I say, I’m a sucker for a period drama whether on TV or in books, love them! This book was written by the author (Daisy Goodwin) who also created and wrote the tv drama “Victoria”.
I’ve enjoyed watching the drama on tv and once I realized that this book has the same take on the historical characters, I was sold and wanted to read more about young queen Victoria and her struggles to become an adult and a sovereign.
This book focuses on queen Victoria’s youth and first steps as a queen. Just like in the tv drama, there is much focus on her troubled relationship with her mother (which teenage girl doesn’t have some trouble with mothers sometimes, eh?) and also her very close relationship with her first Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne.
To be honest, this was a very light read, but I still gave it the full 5 stars as it suited my current mood (I read based on all the feels) and because it gave me more insight to the characters I already liked in the tv drama. It was almost a romance book, since the focus sometimes lingered quite a lot with Victoria’s affection to the much older Prime Minister. I don’t know if any of it was proven true, but it seems to me that it could have been like that for Victoria who had been living in the strict household of her mother. New freedom from her mother combined to the heavy duty of learning how to rule a kingdom would probably have a young girl very attached to the few allies she felt were there for her. At the end of the book the focus shifts to Victoria being expected to marry and her falling in love with husband-to-be, Prince Albert.
As any good period drama, this book is at its best with very good characters and I think the author has nailed it in describing the pains and insecurities of a young girl who needs to grow fast and take her life into her own hands. In that way it is a very relatable story and I can warmly recommend this book for fans of the era, the queen as character and if you enjoyed the tv series.
This book matches many of the prompts in the Reading Challenge, but for me I will mark this to:
11. A book about women’s role in society
I think this prompt is perfect for this book, as it must have been hard not only to grow into adulthood with such responsibilities and privileges, but also to try and be authoritative and convincing in a world and society that was still heavily dominated by men. Victoria ended up ruling for 63 years and a whole era was named after her.
Check out more reviews for this book in Goodreads here.
Next post I think will be more well-being (and foot injury related), but until then let’s enjoy the few sunny moments there have been in snowy Finland!