In the High Peaks

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Roaring into the New Year with Victoria and Ruth Ware

I've been working diligently composing the "My Best Books of 2016" post. Alas, it is only half-completed. So I thought I would write an update stating that I raced through the new novel Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, who is the creator and scriptwriter for the Masterpiece Classics presentation of the young Queen Victoria, to be released during the coming year. I finished it just before midnight New Year's Eve. It's spell-binding.

I realize I know so little about Queen Victoria's family and background. I know more about her marriage to Prince Albert and their children, but her heritage is something I know nothing about. I'd like to read more about her grandfather George III and uncle George IV, as well as all the ins and outs of the monarchy during the years prior to Victoria's reign.

In any case, I do recommend Victoria.

Then I leapt into reading The Woman in Cabin 10  by Ruth Ware. I must say that I find this novel has many more thrills and chills than in A Dark, Dark Wood, which I enjoyed, but did not find as interesting or as fear-inducing as some readers have reported.


  1. I checked out Ruth Ware on Fantstic Fiction and like the sound of her books so will see what the library has. Thanks for the rec.

    1. Cath,
      I believe that Ruth Ware wrote a book before In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. I don't recall its title, though.
      One caveat about the latter two books--both novels became slow and muddled about one-half to two-thirds of the way through, but never fear, each one picks up.
      Victoria is actually a much, much better novel.

  2. I also don't know a lot about Victoria, beyond the big things. I am looking forward to the mini-series, after I finish Crown, but this sounds like a wonderful companion book to it.

    1. Jane,
      Are you enjoying Crown? I thought it was so very, very well done. I would like to watch it again, something I rarely do.
      Victoria is actually a companion book to the PBS mini-series. The author Daisy Goodwin was also the creator of the PBS series.