Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
by William Kuhn

Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 374
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  After decades of service and years of watching her family's troubles splashed across the tabloids, Britain's Queen is beginning to feel her age. She needs some proper cheering up. An unexpected opportunity offers her relief: an impromptu visit to a place that holds happy memories—the former royal yacht, Britannia, now moored near Edinburgh. Hidden beneath a skull-emblazoned hoodie, the limber Elizabeth (thank goodness for yoga) walks out of Buckingham Palace into the freedom of a rainy London day and heads for King's Cross to catch a train to Scotland. But a characterful cast of royal attendants has discovered her missing. In uneasy alliance a lady-in-waiting, a butler, an equerry, a girl from the stables, a dresser, and a clerk from the shop that supplies Her Majesty's cheese set out to find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.

Kritters Thoughts:  Divided in sections and then within each section, each character has their own parts to tell their story, the past and the present.  The characters varied from all parts of the staff of the Queen, people of London and the Queen herself - I loved the variety, it made the book so much more than just a fictional story about the Queen.

The Queen is finding life to be a day after day experience and wants something else.  Through an interesting use of characters, the author moved the story along while also giving the reader little bits of back story for each character.  I felt as though I was getting to know London and its intricacies while also learning about a little more of what goes on in the Queen's most beautiful home and world.

I loved this book!  I think it was perfect to read with all of the increased attention to London with the royal baby and the new line of royal family.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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  1. Dear Kritter,

    Mrs Queen and I are thrilled you liked our book. We're booking you a reserved seat on our next train ride.

    William Kuhn

  2. Thank you so much for the comment and doing a tour with TLC! I definitely enjoyed the book!

  3. I like that readers get a feel for London as well as for the Queen's adventures - fun!

    Thanks for being on the tour.


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