*** About the Book ***
Young Liza is about to make her entrance into London society when her parents are killed in a tragic accident. She suddenly finds herself without money and without family of any kind to support her. When the opportunity to work in Princess Victoria's household Liza considers herself lucky to be given a chance to support herself. But what she finds is a lonely young girl living a confusing and extremely sheltered life and adults who are conniving to gain control over the future queen.
*** Why I Read It ***
I have to be honest ... it was because of the cover! This book is absolutely gorgeous. The dust jacket has shimmery effects that really attract the eye, the cover itself is a beautiful grey and white paisley pattern, and each new chapter starts off with a decorative page. Of course, the idea of reading about Queen Victoria as a young woman was quite appealing as well.
I received this book for review from the publisher.
*** My Thoughts ***
I really enjoyed this book. It is a Young Adult historical novel and is very well written and engaging. I loved the historical details that were included and especially appreciated the detailed authors note explaining what was taken directly from history and what was embellished. The life of the young princess Victoria was so horribly sheltered that it is amazing she became the queen that she did.
I liked this book so much that I had to learn more about Queen Victoria so I rented the movie The Young Victoria. It was a great film and agreed with the book on most points. When multiple productions (books, movies, etc.) agree on the basic details it makes me more confident that the authors got things right, so I felt even better about the book after watching the movie.
After the book and the movie I was STILL interested in learning more so went to the library and got a DVD called Queen Victoria's Empire. This documentary showed what happened after Victoria became queen and provided a great follow-up to the book and movie.
So, when a book inspires me to learn more (and more) I feel quite good about that book. I've already recommended it to a friend who teaches high school - I think her students would be attracted to the cover and would really enjoy the book as well.