Albert, the love of her life is dead. What is Victoria to do? Her instinct, and only inclination, is to go into mourning and never emerge. Everything reminds her of him. Everything! She cannot forgive her son for his supposed part in the death of his father and she blames herself for letting him go. What's a queen to do?
This is the question on everyone's mind as the Victorian Era comes to a glorious close. Her children are growing up, marrying and having children of her own. Her grandchildren are causing problems; there is still the business of the ever expanding realm to deal with and her ever present, and intense, grief.
Plaidy does a wonderful job summing up the last years of Victoria's life. Those without her believed husband Albert.
There are some things lacking though. I felt like her, or rather England's involvement in affairs abroad, were very much glossed over and she didn't talk about a servant who was very much in Victoria's life at the end and deserved mention. Not John Brown, he is well featured.
However, these lapses weren't too bad, just disappointing. She does make up for it with a very good insight into Victoria's children's lives. I loved reading so much about Bertie's wife, Alexandra of Denmark (and not just because we share a name.) I liked that the book wasn't just completely concerned with Victoria, but those who now had more time with her due to the death of her husband.
This is the last book in the series and the last book in the entire English monarchy saga. It was well worth the 4 year wait I did to read and collect every last book in it.