By turns thrilling, dramatic, and touching, this is the story of Queen Victoria's childhood as you've never heard it before. Miss V. Conroy is good at keeping secrets. She likes to sit as quiet as a mouse, neat and discreet. But when her father sends her to Kensington Palace to become the companion to Princess Victoria, Miss V soon finds that she can no longer remain in the shadows. Her father is Sir John Conroy, confidant and financial advisor to Victoria’s mother, and he has devised a strict set of rules for the young princess that he calls the Kensington System. It governs Princess Victoria's behavior and keeps her locked away from the world. Sir John says it's for the princess's safety, but Victoria herself is convinced that it's to keep her lonely and unhappy. Torn between loyalty to her father and her growing friendship with the willful and passionate princess, Miss V has a decision to make: continue in silence or speak out. In an engaging, immersive tale, Lucy Worsley spins one of England’s best-known periods into a fresh and surprising story that will delight both young readers of historical fiction and fans of the television show featuring Victoria.
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What worked: I love historical fiction and this story is a fascinating look into the childhood of Queen Victoria. Readers seen the Queen as a child through the eyes of her companion, Miss V Conroy, daughter of Sir John Conroy, confidant and financial advisor to Victoria's mother. There's very strict rules at Kensington Palace that Sir John Conroy has devised to keep Victoria locked away from the world. Miss V grows close to Victoria and sees things that she feels are wrong. I really liked the struggle Miss V goes through with her growing loyalty to the future queen and her demanding father.
There's court intrigue, rumors of royalty family secrets, and a very strong, passionate princess locked away in a palace. I really loved the twist in this historical story of what would have happened if Miss V had in fact been a close friend and played more of an important part in Victoria's life.
A must read for fans of historical fiction and those who love the TV series. Lots of great insights into the woman who would become one of Great Britain's queens.
2. Intriguing 'what if' look into what might have happened if Sir John Conway's daughter wasn't an enemy but dear friend of Queen Victoria.