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I was enthralled from page one and kept turning the pages for an hour, before I came up for air. Victoria, by Daisy Goodwin is an outstanding novel. I loved it. So of course I'm giving books away today.
From the book jacket: Drawing on Victoria's diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter and creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen to life in this magnificent novel.
In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria--sheltered, small in stature, and female--became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina--Drina to her family--had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.
One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria's private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband....
Four copies of Victoria are sitting on my desk waiting to send to readers. Would you like a copy? Someone always wins, go ahead and enter. Go to: http://www.emailbookclub.com/photo/giveaway.html
Congratulations to the winners of the fancy fruit knives, Gertie K., Pat H., Shelia W., Carol W., Terri B. and Mary W. And congratulations to Marlys F., Linda P. and Gail A., winners of The Homecoming, by Guest Author Stacie Ramey.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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