Prisoners in the Palace: How Victoria Became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel by Michaela MacColl.
Chronicle Books, 2010
Liza is a newly-made orphan and her parents have left her nothing. What was supposed to be a banner year with her introduction to
Judging by the cover...: The picture above doesn't do it justice. No one would make fun of you for reading this in public. Feminine yet intellectual (not to mention shiny!).
- A Princess - It's every girl's dream to be a princess (well, maybe not every girl, but most I know), and while
's life isn't ideal, she gets to dance all night at balls and wears gorgeous dresses. Not to mention she's on first name terms with the King and Queen of Victoria (her uncle and aunt). England
- Below Stairs - I love reading about
's privileged society, but I find what goes on in the servants' areas much more fascinating. These are the people who keep the household running, rain or shine, and don't get nearly enough credit. England
- Inside Boy Jones - A scoundrel who speaks a quaint thieves' language? Yes! I won't give away where he lives, but it's certainly giving me ideas.
Overall (out of 5): 4.5
I don't usually pick up historical fiction concerning anything before 1900, but I'm glad I listened to the reviews. This book contains enough intrigue and romance to last me a long time! Although Liza was a fictional character, her point of view felt very authentic, and the author never underestimated the reader's intelligence by explaining customs and practices of the times. Princess Victoria, her mother, and John Conroy were real people and the drama behind
Recommendation: The romance, typical of the times, is subtle but exciting, so if you're hesitant about that aspect, please don't be. If you're a fan of historical fiction and