Mar 19, Kessiah rated it really liked it. What an excellent book! W What an excellent book! Sep 01, Samantha Farley rated it liked it. It was OK as a narrative from Victoria's perspective. However, I took a bit of issue with how she was portrayed in regards to her "personality changed" when she married Albert. Maybe it's accurate or maybe it's a product of a less progressive way of thinking than today. Regardless, it was still interesting. Jan 23, Melissa McCauley rated it it was ok. The first person narration started with her as a young girl of eleven I think , and her silly, girly voice changed as she aged… but not enough.
She sounded the same at 20 as she did at 60, and that was downright annoying. And bone-numbingly boring. Mar 14, Debbie rated it did not like it Shelves: victorian. I just couldn't get into this book. An Enjoyable Historical Novel I thought this was an in-depth story of Queen Victoria, through her early life, to her Coronation at a very early age, and her 60 plus year reign.
I now am much more familiar with this time in history and it was very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical novels. Mar 05, Karen Galber rated it really liked it. Oct 16, Nancy Kuchta rated it really liked it. This was a loooooooong book, but I was interested after watching the series on PBS. Delightful read A good narration of 60 years of British monarchical history. The friendship and conflicts between the crown and the prime ministers were nicely presented.
Oct 19, Joy Fowler rated it it was amazing. Excellent personal perspective of the woman inside the grand monarch. Mar 17, Janis rated it liked it.
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Written in first person. Too wordy. Fascinating story but too many 'it was so moving' and 'he was devoted to me' phrases. I kept thinking 'get on with it'. Not the least bit sorry I took the time to read it though. Mar 24, Ashley W rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , british-royalty. First, let me say that this was a re-read, and I'm not entirely too sure why I decided to read this again as I wasn't too fond of it 6 years ago. I could not imagine never having any time to myself and having my every move watched.
I felt bad for her when her mother basically forbid her from having anything to do with her father's relatives because her mother felt that they were beneath her. When she finally acceded to the throne, I cheered and even enjoyed the bantering relationship she had with Lord Melbourne.
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However, when Prince Albert came into the picture, I suddenly remembered why it was that I was frustrated with this book. What I Didn't Like: I honestly don't understand how the relationship between Victoria and Albert could be considered one of the greatest love stories of all time.
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Also, maybe it was just Plaidy's characterization, but Albert was truly controlling. Every time they argued, he called her "dear child" and would talk about taming her temper, and she'd just simper and apologize even if said argument wasn't even her fault. Albert would beat Bertie, called him stupid on more than one occasion, and did not think he was capable of doing pretty much anything. When anyone showed the slightest bit of affection toward him, he said the boy was being spoiled. This was ironic, because Albert himself spoiled their eldest daughter, Vicky, silly.
Of course, this seems to stem from Albert being jealous that Bertie would take precedence over him in ceremonial gatherings. Queen Victoria allowed Albert to treat Bertie like this and never really tried to come to his aid. Even after Prince Albert dies of typhoid, Victoria still obsesses over him, and makes decisions based on if Albert would do the same thing if he were alive.
Now, don't get me wrong. I understand that she loved him very much, but she doesn't need to call him a saint and talk about how so very good he was on every page just because he didn't cheat on her Verdict: Despite how I feel about Victoria and Albert, I did grow to like her relationship with her children, especially Bertie, Vicky, and Alice, and actually liked them more than I liked their parents. However, since all Victoria could talk about was Albert for pages, I can't give this book more than 3 stars. Feb 18, Melanie Wagner Banfield rated it liked it. Interesting stories about her life and reign as queen.
Dense with facts at time but descriptive of her character and court. Mar 18, Mullgirl rated it it was ok. This was another book that I started completely willing to love it, and it disappointed greatly. I think I really wanted to like it because Jean Plaidy is such a prolific author and I like most of the subject matter she treats various historical British royalty. Victoria Victorious is a novel covering the life of Queen Victoria. Now, admittedly, Plaidy uses one of my least favorite story-telling devices—the jo Nope.
What a lorded over weenie. I could understand it more if she had been the first queen of England—she might legitimately feel like she would still have to be a shrinking violet. But jeez mon! Elizabeth I sort of set it up for Vicky to feel free to let her loose. And she was so, so… excessively disappointing.
Seriously, it went on and on and on and on and on … you get the idea. The diary format let it feel like one endless whine. And the inability to cut that puppy down will likely be what stops me from reading anything further from Plaidy. It was marginal. Mar 24, Taylor rated it really liked it Shelves: on-my-bookshelf. I did enjoy this book to a point. However, I found it a bit dry in some parts.
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Mainly, I found the political aspect of this book to be boring. She was kept in pretty much a prison and hardly ever allowed to visit her very own Uncle the King of England who became very fond of little Vicky.
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In her entire life there were seven attempts at her life and she tried very hard to not let it bother her. I also enjoyed the courting of young Prince Albert and Victoria. Albert was truly perfect. Although this is not my favorite Plaidy novel I did enjoy it. Queen Victoria was truly a strong woman and was the longest reigning British Queen. She reigned for sixty years. She really was an inspiration. Jan 13, Amy rated it it was ok. After seeing the new movie Young Victoria I wanted a historical novel that would give me more information on the life of Queen Victoria.
This book was a sore disappointment. It had no building story lines or climaxes. Instead it read like an expanded time line Additionally instead of a novel about this great love between Albert and Victoria and how they ruled together the current academic belief the book focused on how Victoria ideali After seeing the new movie Young Victoria I wanted a historical novel that would give me more information on the life of Queen Victoria.
Additionally instead of a novel about this great love between Albert and Victoria and how they ruled together the current academic belief the book focused on how Victoria idealized Albert and thought he was a Saint and she the sinner. It highlighted how she always looked for the male guidance and painted her as needing men to help "control" her faults. I'm not sure if it was the author's perspective that painted Queen Victoria as a weak woman or if that was the historical thought in the s when the book was written.
Overall I am most disappointed about what a dry read it was and how there was no suspense. I am also disappointed because the author wrote an extensive number of historical fiction and is revered in England, I expected more from her. I may give another of her novels a chance to see if it was the subject matter. But a disappointment over all, two stars was generous and really only because I appreciated the information about Queen Victoria, but I'll have to find another novel. Jul 22, Mirah W rated it it was amazing.
Excellent book! I didn't know a lot about Queen Victoria so I was really looking forward to this book and I was not disappointed.
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The novel spans Victoria's lifetime and is written like a memoir. At times it could get a little confusing because of the sheer number of royal relatives and their side stories, but overall it was excellent. I was engaged the entire time and really felt the author did extensive research I am amazed at all she dealt Excellent book!
I am amazed at all she dealt with in her life: family and royal scandal, political scandals and changes in government, death of family and confidants, and strained family relationships. She dealt with them all in her own way and managed to stay true to herself during her long reign as Queen.
In regards to Victoria's strong love of Albert, I felt she put him on a pedestal that was too high. She rarely noted his shortcomings, which I felt were obvious in regards to the raising of their children. The only thing I was disappointed about was there was no mention of Victoria's relationship with Queen Emma of Hawaii However, looking past that omission I feel the book was well-researched and superbly executed. As ever, Plaidy's work is extremely accurate and while I don't normally require such accuracy to enjoy historical fiction, it is what makes this novel shine. It really explores her childhood and teen years in great detail to give you an solid understanding of who she was and why.
It doesn't delve too deeply into her governing and focuses more on her relationships with the important figures in her life, from childhood to death. Despite being written in first person from Victoria's point of view, h As ever, Plaidy's work is extremely accurate and while I don't normally require such accuracy to enjoy historical fiction, it is what makes this novel shine. Despite being written in first person from Victoria's point of view, her flaws and mistakes are still obvious and that makes her very human.
It also doesn't hide the flaws of those around her, even when she herself is blind to them. This is particularly obvious with Albert. In some ways, he seemed to be good for her - he could be a calming and mature influence on her and she strived to be the best person she could be for him as well as her nation.
But Victoria even admits they didn't have a huge amount in common at first until she changed, or more like until he changed her and he seemed far too serious and uptight for someone who loved to laugh and dance like Victoria. But all that is what makes this novel and it's characters so real. Knowing how accurate it is really gives you insight into who these people were, warts and all. Aug 16, Amanda rated it did not like it. I was originally really excited to read this book.
I found it while looking for more novels about Tudor England and thought that it would be good to brand out to another monarchy. I guess I was wrong to start here. Queen Victoria's story could be a good one. She was a much beloved queen. However, Jean Plaidy's book focuses on almost none of the reasons why she was adored by her people.
All I got out of this book was that she was whiny and obsessed with her dead husband, her prime ministers, and h I was originally really excited to read this book. All I got out of this book was that she was whiny and obsessed with her dead husband, her prime ministers, and her myriad of relations all over Europe. In addition to this, the narrative is written in a way that is difficult to follow.
It is very incongruous. Plaidy jumps from event to event without allowing you even the slightest notion as to the passage of time. You could end one paragraph in one year and start the next one five years later without even realizing it until you are twenty pages further along. All in all, this book was a disappointment.
I truly doubt I will be reading any of her other historical novels. Mar 03, Dagmar rated it really liked it. I found this book surprisingly interesting and fun to read. At first, I was slightly wary of the use of the first person, but as I read further, I thought that Plaidy had got Victoria just about spot on. I particularly liked her relations with her family, such as 'poor Bertie' and 'Uncle Pineapple'. I di I found this book surprisingly interesting and fun to read. I did find that the book concentrated on the first years of Victoria's life an enormous amount and it did feel slightly rushed at the end.
Had it been written in two volumes, one ending with Albert's death and the next one of the same length written afterwards, I would have been appeased. However, this book was certainly not written specifically for my annoying tastes, so this is a minor niggle about an otherwise lovely book. Jul 29, gia rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. What a frustrating book!
When Victoria Victorious opens, the future Queen Victoria is a young girl living firmly under the thumb of her power-hungry mother and the manipulative John Conroy. The book promises to liberate Victoria. And so it does-- briefly. Before long she's married to Albert, who is every bit as firm and controlling as her mother once was! I gather that it's probably rather historically accurate, but it makes for a very frustrating read, as Victoria simpers and is convinced that sh What a frustrating book! I gather that it's probably rather historically accurate, but it makes for a very frustrating read, as Victoria simpers and is convinced that she is always incorrect and Albert a saint.
The only doubt she shows is towards the end, and it's slyly done, but not enough to make the frustration of the rest of the book disappear. In short: Victoria's story is perhaps too frustrating for an accurate depiction to also be a great novel of either the romantic or bildungsroman type. Nov 18, Lady Heinz rated it it was ok. Finally finished. Did not think I would make it. Other than the 'have to see what happens next' motivation for continuing there is nothing really to have kept me going.
This is the first book fact or fiction that I have read about Q. And, the writing This phase has been used over and over and over when describing a particular Prime Minister, and then af Finally finished. This phase has been used over and over and over when describing a particular Prime Minister, and then after he died it is used to describe other men in her life.
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Unlike regular fiction, where it is not typically well received to write thoroughly unlikeable characters, historical fiction is trying to convey the lives of real people, many of whom are quite unlikeable. It may simply be that Plaidy found Victoria unlikeable and wrote her thus, without simply giving in to the rumors about her.
Overall, this book seemed a good introduction to the reign of Queen Victoria — no matter how obnoxious and smug I found her husband to be. This one looks good, although not as historical as I usually go for. It was good, but not my favorite of hers. In this way he is ruled by the Hugh the Despensers, […]. Follow me on social media, or email me at jen at devourerofbooks. Review Policy Advertising Editing Services. Comments By Email Posts.
Victoria Victorious — Book Review. Actually, it seemed that it was Victoria who was willing to be led… I had high hopes for the Queen when I was reading about the girl.
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