Title: My Name is Victoria
Author: Lucy Worsley
Published: 8th May
Genre: Historical fiction, Young Adult
Number of pages: 384 (Paperback)
Start Date: 1st January 2022
Finish Date: 7th January 2022
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 behaviour 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.
My name is Victoria, this book introduces Miss Victoria Conroy or most commonly known as Miss V and Princess Victoria, you see two young girls learn friendship together in the most unconventional way as royalty and commoner.
The two main characters are Princess Victoria and Miss V. I love both of them but I definitely prefer Miss V to Princess Victoria. Miss V is very quiet, she doesn’t make herself stand out whereas Princess Victoria will throw tantrums and make herself known. The story is very gripping, I was eager to read where the story went.
The theme of the book is friendship and power, the theme was expressed thoroughly throughout the book. The ending was satisfying, it is linked directly to the history of Princess Victoria so we can see how the rest of their story goes. The pacing of the story was not too slow and it was not too fast. My primary emotion when I finished reading the book was joy and happiness.
I would highly recommend this book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, I hated having to step away to even deal with my little boy.