Tonawanda News — Yes, there were scandals within the monarchy. There were births and deaths (it was said that the Queen was never happier than when planning a funeral). There were romances, public and imagined. And there were fights, inside both the British empire and the palace walls.
So you’re hooked on a show about a certain abbey? You’re a rabid Anglophile, long live the Queen? Then I’m sure you’re already itching for “Serving Victoria.”
And for good reason: The Victoria Age comes alive with author Kate Hubbard’s findings, taking us behind brocaded curtains and inside bedchambers to learn delicious tidbits about a woman who’s been dead more than a century, but still remains fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed how Hubbard lays down a cheeky, gossipy tone; she’s chatty, but without offending the sensibilities of historians, who will likewise relish this semi-biographical narrative.
Monarch watchers will also like this book, as will British subjects, or anyone who’s interested in or wishes they’d experienced late-Victorian or early-Edwardian life. If that’s you, then “Serving Victoria” is a book you’ll devour, quite happily.
Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews books from her home in LaCrosse, Wis. Contact her at email@example.com.• WHAT: "Serving Victoria" • BY: Kate Hubbard • GRADE: A