Non-fiction should always be this marvelous a read. The end of the Victorian era as seen during the fabled Queens’ final days brings all the disparate threads of her life and love, her children and grandchildren, the political machinations of the day, and the glories and tragedies of her 60+ year reign. With crystal clarity and the occasional tongue in cheek, this author entertains and educates. Even if you have little interet in Victoria personally, this is a compelling book, very readable and completely fascinating, an easily-digested portrait of an age. A 5.