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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149428006X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494280062
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christina Croft was born in Warwickshire, England, and grew up in Leeds, where she attended Notre Dame Grammar School before graduating in English & Divinity in Liverpool. Qualified as both a teacher and a nurse, she currently lives in Yorkshire where, alongside writing and giving talks, her interests include Queen Victoria's family and other 19th/early 20th century royalties, history in general, poetry, spirituality, animals and growing herbs.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Felicity Davies on 9 Jun. 2014
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Very good read. I found lots of stuff I didn't know or hadn't realised. The book was very well written and not at all heavy going. The character analysis was excellent. You felt as if you really got to know and understand them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Daly on 17 July 2014
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This book is an ok read, it follows Alice's short life well enough documenting her charity work and family life. I felt that her rocky relationship with Louis should have been explored more as well as her relationship with her brothers and sister other than Vicky and Bertie. It was well written and there was no mistakes however there isn't any pictures or photographs included. I enjoyed the book on a whole and got through it with an easy flow
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By grumpyoldlady on 14 Jun. 2014
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I wasn't sure how interesting this would be, but once I had started reading I couldn't wait to pick up my kindle again when I had time to sit and read. A fascinating book, with enough information about other members of the family to whet my appetite to find out more. Some amazing stories and insights about Queen Victoria. I would highly recommend this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Prudence on 28 April 2014
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The author's interest in the subject is clear and she offered some interesting views on aspects of Alice's life, although some of these were rather fanciful and unsupported by convincing evidence (for example that Prince Albert's death was caused by an inability to absorb food, leading to renal failure, rather than by typhoid). The author writes well and the text is mostly engaging. For me, however, it was marred by proof reading errors (I counted more than half a dozen) and overreliance on a limited number of sources (Roger Fulford's edited letters between Queen Victoria and her eldest daughter, for example, constituted around 10% of the references). Therefore, I think it does not contribute as much as it might have done towards a deeper understanding of Alice, the enigma.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Williams on 23 Feb. 2014
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I have read a number of books on the family of Queen Victoria but this was a real gem. I really felt I understood Alice and entered into her world. The book is areal gem and I didn't want it to end.
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Quick read about Queen Victoria's second daughter Alice. While not scholarly,it serves a purpose to identify the different children, highlighting Alice from the crowd. Croft's style has a light, gossipy feel. It is a good way for someone who wants to familiarize themselves with Victoria's children with an easy to understand recounting of Alice's short life. Brighter than many of other children, she stands out as her father's daughter with her devotion to both her parents and children. A likable royal, it was an interesting book about a fascinating woman determined to take her responsibilities as seriously as she was taught.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. morris on 4 Feb. 2014
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A really informative book. Certainly altered my views of the Victorian Royal family. Alice must have been an incredible person,years ahead in her thinking of the times.
Should be included in school history
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jean barbara spooner on 15 Mar. 2014
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Until I read this book, I really didn't know much about Alice, so I found this very interesting and informative, and she was most definitely her father's daughter
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