Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. Published by St. Martins

Not yet 18 when she took the crown in 1837, Alexandrina Victoria was unaccustomed to doing anything on her own, but the woman history would call Queen Victoria would surprise everyone. Having grown up cloistered and spoiled “Drina” insisted that her subjects address her as Victoria and while she chafed at the constrictions placed on her (like marrying her cousin, Albert) she ultimately reigned over one of Britain’s most prosperous periods in history. While this was an eye opening read and enjoyable read, I didn’t find Victoria terrible appealing, she was spoiled and headstrong.

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