Tuesday, December 12, 2017

REVIEW Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin

Published November 21st 2017 by St. Martin's Press

More than 16 million viewers watched the first season of the Masterpiece presentation of Victoria, created and written by Daisy Goodwin--the highest-rated PBS drama in twenty years, second only to Downton Abbey. But what happened after the Queen married her handsome prince? Did they live happily ever after, or did their marriage, like so many royal marriages past and present, fizzle into a loveless round of duty?

This all-new companion book by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan transports us to the private world of Victoria and Albert. Though first cousins, they could not have been more different: Victoria was impulsive, emotional, and capricious, Albert cautious, self-controlled, and logical. But together they forged a bond with each other and with their people that would change the world. Drawing on letters and diaries and fresh insights into royal history, this gorgeous book charts the constant ebb and flow of power within the couple's surprisingly ardent and modern marriage.

Sumptuously illustrated and full of rich insider detail, Victoria and Albert takes us behind the scenes of the magnificent TV drama, including fascinating, in-depth information on the actors, the props, and the costumes - and bringing an extraordinary royal marriage even more fully to life.

My Thoughts…

About a year ago I read Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (see review HERE) and was thrilled to learn that Victoria was going to be a PBS series.   I immediately set my DVR to record them all.   Currently I am caught up on season one and am excited for season two to be coming soon.  

When Victoria and Albert:  A Royal Affair arrived in my mailbox I could hardly wait to open it up.    While it looks like a coffee table book, with the bright and beautiful pictures, the thick pages each with their own stories about the Queen and Prince, there is so much information.   There is historical information and there is information about what went into making the series historically correct.   Everything from the costumes, the sets, to the food that was served was shared.

The pictures were bright and beautiful and the writing was quick and easy to follow.    I am now even more excited for the next season of Victoria to be released.    

Thank you John Karle at St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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