There are so many books that become movies these days.  Being the bookworm that I am I almost always read the book before I see the movie.  Books are almost always better than the movies and, truth be told, I'm not really a movie gal anyway.  I'm more of a TV/documentary type which is why I'm super excited about the book that I am reviewing today.

From the first paragraph, I was enchanted. I could not put it down which was surprising to me since I'm normally not one for stories of British royalty but I couldn't help it.  The imagery comes alive and you immediately bond with poor, sheltered Victoria.  What I love most about her is watching how both her relationships as well as her strength in her position as the Queen of England blossoms throughout the story. Seeing Victoria grow from a child into a woman is pictured beautifully.   The dialogue is wonderfully written and almost audible in some instances.

Throughout the entire story, I rooted for the relationship between Victoria and Melbourne despite their positions and obvious age difference.  You could feel their chemistry through the pages.  I won't spoil the ending but I will say that while it wasn't what I expected at all I was very pleased with the outcome.

If you are looking for a story with a lot of historical documentation, Victoria is not the book for you.  This story does have some background into Victoria's life before she became queen and her growing into that role over the first few years of her reign but the focus is more on how she felt than actual historical occurrences.

I completed the book in a few days and now I cannot wait to see this story literally come to life on screen!

Victoria is going to air on Masterpiece Sunday, January 15, 2017.  The author, Daisy Goodwin, also wrote the miniseries while writing the book.  After watching the trailer, it sounds like the story is going to stay very close to the book which excites me even more.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a sweet, romantic story with characters that come to life and a tale with a happy ending.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review

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