Prisoners in the Palace: 
How Victoria Became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel
by Michaela MacColl

Summary: Liza's world is turned upside down in an instant when her parents die suddenly.  She is left penniless and instead of preparing for the season of high society balls & prospective husbands, she is forced to take a position serving as a maid to Princess Victoria.  Court life is not at all what Liza expected; it's full of gossip,  scheming, power struggles, espionage, and even romance.       

ThoughtsPrisoners in the Palace is a delightful historical fiction novel.  The author clearly researched her subject extensively and created an exciting story based on the true happenings and diary entries of the future queen.  The book gives an accurate portrayal into the always-tumultuous British monarchy through the eyes of Liza, a spunky, likable heroine.  As a fan of historical fiction and a hopeless Anglophile, I thoroughly enjoyed the view into Victoria's early years in this well-written, engaging novel.  

Click here to read more about Michaela MacColl and what's next for this interesting new author!  


  1. As a history lover, I love historical fiction. I've only been a follower of your blog for 10 hours and you've already sold me on a book! Keep up the great reviews.

  2. Jill Bellomy4/17/11, 11:42 PM

    So glad you are now following the blog, Jill, and have already found a book idea! :) Yahoo!



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