Thursday, January 16, 2014
Review: Victoria Rebels
By Carolyn Meyer
Simon & Schuster, January 2013
About the Book
Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.
I absolutely loved this book. But I tend to always like Carolyn Meyer’s historical fiction. And I have great interest in Queen Victoria. If you enjoyed watching Young Victoria, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy reading this book. Half of the novel focuses on Victoria’s childhood and her strict upbringing, the second half focuses on the first six or seven years of her reign. Only the last few chapters focus on Victoria as wife and mother.
Relationships matter in this book. We see this at the very beginning as Victoria struggles to have genuine relationships with the people in her life. Victoria is disappointed again and again as the people she loves and trusts most leave her life (her sister, her favorite uncle, various cousins, and others). She does not have a good relationship with her mother at all. The tension between the two is seen throughout the novel. Other important relationships, of course, are with Daisy (Louise Lehzen), Albert (her husband and cousin), and Lord Melbourne (prime minister).
Victoria Rebels is about politics, but, it isn’t only about politics. It offers plenty of drama: royal drama. For example, Victoria’s mother does not get along with the king. They hate each other.
I really enjoyed this one. It is told completely from Victoria’s point of view. And I think it’s well told.
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