If you're a fan of the PBS series Victoria, this is the companion novel to the series. The novel covers the beginning of Victoria's reign up to her engagement to Prince Albert (her first cousin on the Coberg side). The book does a good job of getting inside the head of the new queen as she tries to navigate challenges both foreign to her (trying to gain the support of Parliament and the respect of her people) and domestic (constantly trying to prove to her mother and her mother's closest advisor Conroy that she is fit to rule). She makes some definite missteps along the way, but her precious Lord M (Prime Minister Lord Melbourne) is there to help guide her way.
Because I've watched most of the episodes twice, there were times that I felt the novel followed the series TOO closely without giving much additional information. And the book only covers half of Series 1 once she proposes to Albert, so I can only assume there is a Book 2 (Victoria & Albert: A Royal Love Affair). It was a very fast read, so if you're getting ready for the second season to start (on Jan. 14), you can easily finish it by then!