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  1. The Royal Nanny: A Novel
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  2. The Royal Nanny: A Novel

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Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain’s royal family—a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes.

April, 1897: A young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. She is excited, exhausted—and about to meet royalty. . . .

So begins the unforgettable story of Charlotte Bill, who would care for a generation of royals as their parents never could. Neither Charlotte—LaLa, as her charges dub her—nor anyone else can predict that eldest sons David and Bertie will each one day be king. LaLa knows only that these children, and the four who swiftly follow, need her steadfast loyalty and unconditional affection.

But the greatest impact on Charlotte’s life is made by a mere bud on the family tree: a misunderstood soul who will one day be known as the Lost Prince. Young Prince John needs all of Lala’s love—the kind of love his parents won’t…or can’t…show him.

From Britain’s old wealth to the glittering excesses of Tsarist Russia; from country cottages to royal yachts, and from nursery to ballroom, Charlotte Bill witnesses history. The Royal Nanny is a seamless blend of fact and fiction—an intensely intimate, yet epic tale spanning decades, continents, and divides that only love can cross.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Karen Harper
Binding
Kindle Edition
EISBN
9780062420640
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
William Morrow Paperbacks
Manufacturer
William Morrow Paperbacks
NumberOfPages
384
PublicationDate
2016-06-21
Publisher
William Morrow Paperbacks
ReleaseDate
2016-06-21
Studio
William Morrow Paperbacks
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I realize many others enjoyed and appreciated this book, so I realize I may be in the minority here, but I found it deadly dull. As someone who appreciates great examples of both nonfiction and historical fiction, and as a rabid appreciator of anything Edwardian, I expected and wanted to like this book, but was so bored I was quickly ready to move on to something else.

The goody two shoes-ish nature of Charlotte was tedious, and I found the writing and situations formulaic. Just not for me, even among characters I know and appreciate from history. So I have to disagree that all Anglophiles will love this ...this one, for one, didn't!
I was drawn to this novel because I love all things British and especially Royal. I thought the idea behind the book was good and the author stuck with historical events well.
But the author needs an editor with a knowledge of all things Royal. She constantly makes errors in the titles and means of address. For example, she writes that the Duke and Duchess of York were addressed as "Your Grace" when in fact they were addressed as "Your Royal Highness". "Your Grace" is the proper address for non-Royal dukes and duchesses. She frequently referred to Princess Mary as Lady Mary , which she never was. Once the Yorks became the Prince and Princess of Wales, she erred again in referring to them as "Their Highnesses" instead of the "Their Royal Highnesses. ". There are other errors such as Prince John being 9 months old at the start of a chapter and regressing to 6 months old by the end. Again sloppy editing.

The book itself was... Read more
This is a must read book. Have plenty of tissues with you. This is a true story. It's a story about Queen Elizabeth 11's father and his siblings Nanny. Charlotte Bell became the children's Nanny when David was four years old and Bertie was two. Their sister Mary was soon to be born. Charlotte would be the family's Nanny until the last child, Johnny, died in 1919. Johnny was a special child. Because of him being different his father wanted to send him away. Charlotte kept this from happening. He became her child to rear. It interesting how the Royal Families have to have perfect children and no defects otherwise the imperfect child is sent away and never to be seen or heard from again .
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