London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs, as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen?
Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is as rich in historical detail as Catherine, Called Birdy and as sizzling with intrigue as The Luxe.
©2010 Michaela MacColl (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"This novel is full of historical detail, vivid settings, and richly drawn characters, and themes of friendship and romance give the story teen appeal; Liza is a brave yet conflicted young adult with whom readers will identify. The author takes liberties with some historical facts (clarified in an afterword) to create a tale of espionage, romance, grief, and hope." (Booklist)
Narrative makes the world go round.
This "cute" novel probably deserves a higher rating, but I wasn't expecting a young adult listen. That said, I admit curling up with it for an afternoon/evening listen when under the weather. For enjoyable and more solid listening on Queen Vic, however, I'd recommend to anyone over the age of 13 the nonfiction audiobook "We Two" which plays as smoothly as most fiction.
When Audible joined Amazon and upgraded the web site, they seem to have lost the "category" label on audiobooks. While the category label was sometimes misleading or even wrong, at least it prevented an accidental download of young adult lit.
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