A fiction handling of the marriage of the Queen and her Prince Consort brings out the one sided love story that was theirs and presents the girl who soon showed the makings of a formidable woman. From her accession, through the friendship and guidance of Melbourne, there is her aversion to marriage until she finds herself head over heels in love with Albert -- but not he with her. Unaware of his humiliation in being relegated to a leisure time companionship, it took Melbourne's ablest directives to persuade her into giving Albert more chance to work with her so that, when still unable to win the British people's affection, Albert in turn could guide her into more diplomatic actions. Through the stormy international questions, Palmerston's troublesome disobediences, their disappointment in young Bertie, and the fluctuations of Victoria's popularity, is her devotion to Albert and Albert's lack of success with her subjects, until the final illness which broke her heart. A narrative that keeps pace with history, this is a sympathetic picture of a marriage and makes its royalty human in their frailties and their strengths. Last year's Anne Boleyn, a Literary Guild choice, may have widened this author's public.