Prisoners in the Palace
London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the... show more
London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen? Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is as rich in historical detail as Catherine, Called Birdy, and as sizzling with intrigue as The Luxe.
Publish date: October 13th 2010
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Young Adult Fantasy
, Fairy Tales
I love everything about this one. First off, the book itself is beautiful. I love the Warhol-esque pop art portrait of Queen Victoria on the cover (I think it’d make for a cute t-shirt or tote screenprint). On the back of the book jacket there’s an old-fashioned newspaper page with articles about di...
Michaela MacColl’s Prisoners in the Palace is a fictional story surrounding the time in History just before Queen Victoria began her rein over Britain. MacColl’s study into Victoria’s diaries is apparent and more than makes her plot seem real and true to life. Her imagination and intriguing characte...
Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel by Michaela MacColl brings to life a part of history that is not much covered in Young Adult literature. We all know about the Victorian era, but how much do any of us know about Queen ...
Entertaining historical fiction of the year preceding Victoria's ascension to the British throne through the eyes of a ladies' maid. While I balked at the convention used to place the fictional character in place to witness the action inside Kensington Palace, I thought the pacing of this story and ...