An absorbing and historically accurate tale based on the real-life journals of the 19th-century queen. Award-winning author Carolyn Meyer (The Wild Queen, 2012) shares insights into the private feelings of Britain's strong-willed Queen Victoria from the age of eight until her third wedding anniversary with her beloved Albert in 1843. Growing up under constant, strict supervision, Victoria struggled to escape total domination. She left a legacy as the longest reigning female monarch during a period of monumental change in the British Empire and at a time when women held few positions of power. Meyer shares authentic emotional insight and weaves a lively narrative of intrigue and romance.