I don't know which was planned first, this novel or the PBS series about Queen Victoria now showing on Sunday evenings. But, I enjoyed the novel Victoria so much that I definitely look forward to the TV series.
I think of Queen Victoria only as old and widowed and stout and strait-laced. Here, Victoria is an 18-year-old who never expected to be queen. As a girl, she was so over-protected that her mother always shared her bedroom. So when Victoria becomes queen, she is ready to take advantage of that new freedom and power.
Luckily, the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, takes Victoria under his wing. But, the young queen has lots of people who want to control her decisions, and her immaturity lets her make plenty of mistakes.
In the final chapter of this book, Victoria meets her eventual husband Albert, which makes me think the author may be set up for another book and program based on more of Victoria's life.
Victoria reads quickly, with plenty of action, and characters are well-developed. For anyone who likes historical fiction at all, I think this one will be a winner.