Alexandrina Victoria, just past her 18th birthday, steps out of her mother's shadow and becomes Queen Victoria. Sheltered by her mother and her mother's household, she feels incapable of ruling. But determined, she begins to break free of her past and tradition. She finds Lord Melbourne, and makes him her secretary and confidante. As the two rule England, Victoria finds herself needing Lord M.
I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read a lot about Queen Victoria, especially her younger days. This book was perfect. Victoria was headstrong and determined, but not harsh. I loved her vulnerability. The plot isn't action packed, but rather a character growing plot. I enjoyed how Goodwin played up the relationship tension between Victoria and Lord M. It was perfect! I could see Goodwin easily writing a trilogy or more about this fantastic queen who became the grandmother of Europe. Hint Hint!