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A lively witty debut novel reminiscent of Alan Bennett's An Uncommon Reader following ueen Elizabeth as she surreptitiously strolls out of the palace for a little respite from her duties and the small band of courtiers who set out to find her before a national scandal explodesAfter decades of service and years of watching her family's troubles splashed across the tabloids ueen Elizabeth needs some proper cheering up An impromptu visit to the place that holds her happiest memories the former royal yacht Britannia moored i. 2 12 stars I was EXCITED to read this novel I EXPECTED to like this novel I WANTED to like this novel I did not like this novelIf you ll pardon the seasonal analogy this book was like being given a beautifully wrapped Christmas present only to open it up and find socks First you have to understand something about me I am a rabid Anglophile If I am reading a romance set in Miami where the heroine is strutting around in a bathing suit ho hum But put that same heroine in a crinoline or have her sipping weak tea at Almack s then I am very happy indeed I have read hundreds if not thousands of books having to do with anything English way too many to recreate for my GoodReads read list and have never tired of the subject matter So I was very excited when I got this book I bumped it to the top of my to read list put on my Pajamas and settled in my most comfortable chair I was prepared to be delightedWhat a disappointment My main problem with the book is the construction and the pacing There is so much flitting back and forth between several characters their past and present And there is so much back story on all of these characters I was not in the least interested in their stories except as to how they related to the ueen I did not care about Luke and Andy I did not care about Rajiv and his Eton years I did not care about Rebecca and the guy she met at the rally The best part of the book for me was when the ueen interacted with 3 strangers on the train Ahh I thought THIS is what I want to read about I read happily for several pages then BAM WHOOSH I was suddenly reading back story about The Maruess Anne s nephewI took some notes while reading Here are some of them1 Wow where did this conversation come from2 Damn this book jumps all over the place3 This could be a good story but the author is mangling it4 Why did Luke and Andy become such fast friends so uickly Why do I even care5 Ok the beginning of this book was very poorly constructed but now that I know all of the main players the story is moving along apace Too bad the introduction of characters was handled so clumsily6 Damn we re back to all the random bouncing back and forth between the characters and their back stories ENOUGHTo try and be fair a small part of the problem may have been that I read this on my Nook There was double spacing between every paragraph and there was never a change of format to indicate that there was a change of story It was still just the same double spacing until you came to a new Part I must say it was very jarring and hard to ascertain where you were in the story at any given timeBut I do applaud the author for coming up with an interesting plot that is not the typical cookie cutter story Also the book appears to be well researched and reasonably well thought out Some effort was expended here For those reasons I ll bump up my 2 star rating to a 2 12 rounded up to 3 since GR does not allow 12 stars Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible the palace for a little respite from her duties and Will in the World the small band of courtiers who set out Traitors Purse (Albert Campion Mystery to find her before a national scandal explodesAfter decades of service and years of watching her family's How Baking Works troubles splashed across The Birthday Party the The Summer House tabloids ueen Elizabeth needs some proper cheering up An impromptu visit The Seance to Crap Crimes the place Horse Tale (Saddle Club, that holds her happiest memories The Best of Daughters the former royal yacht Britannia moored i. 2 12 stars I was EXCITED Unclaimed Experience to read Wilfred Owen this novel I EXPECTED Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) to like The Inbetweeners Scriptbook this novel I WANTED Out of Breath (Breathing, to like A Profound Secret this novel I did not like Moby-Dick this novelIf you ll pardon The Double Silence the seasonal analogy Enemies of Promise this book was like being given a beautifully wrapped Christmas present only Walking Nature Home to open it up and find socks First you have Behind Bars to understand something about me I am a rabid Anglophile If I am reading a romance set in Miami where Walking For Fitness the heroine is strutting around in a bathing suit ho hum But put Naked. 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Mrs ueen Takes the Train

N Leith Scotland is just the cure she needs 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 to catch the train to Scotland at King's Cross But an unlikely sextet of royal attendants a lady in waiting a butler an euerry a mistress of the Mews a dresser and a clerk from the shop that serves the ueen's cheese join together to find their missing monarch and bring her back before her absence sets off a national scandalM. The Good Stuff Delightfully odd and uniuely refreshing Richly developed unusual characters who feel very real Makes you realize that the ueen is a living human being and not just a figure head yes this is a fictionalized version of the ueen but still Discusses race class differences but in a non preachy in your face sort of way almost light and playful but at the same time makes you see the absurdity of judging someone based on race or class Hope that makes sense probably should have taken the cold medicine AFTER I finished this review Adored the character of Rajiv and found his back story intriguing don t want to put any spoilers but his interactions with other characters in terms of his race are funny yet sad and true The ueen s journey is that of most women dealing with mid life crisis depression and the age old uestion of Did I do any good in this life Found myself wondering actually how the ueen feels and what makes her happy Actually learned a few things about the inner workings of the Royal Household A wonderful healing journey Within characters various discussions they discuss frankly serious issues such as homosexuality post traumatic stress and depression again never done in a preachy way just matter of fact and out in the open The Not So Good Stuff Jumps around a lot which I found uite disconcerting but hey I was also very sick while reading so take that with a grain of salt Felt the yoga bits didn t really work that they were just thrown in to make it even uirkier but hey it could be that I just couldn t imagine HRH actually doing a child s poseFavorite uotesPassagesShe recalled with shame how little she d taken it seriously when Diana Wales was suffering from depression None of them had In her depression was only something that soldiers returning from battle suffered shell shock yes but everyone felt dejected every now and again You didn t take medicine for it You pulled up your socks Went for a walk The whole Diana business had taught her that depression was an illness and that there were drugs that would help if it didn t lift after a month or two of feeling unhappy This time it was Anne s turn to shoot Luke a resentful glance He was after all a young man of about her nephew s age and sometimes she wondered whether all young men weren t in league against all old ladies Young men hadn t looked at her on the street for a long time and she still minded Now he d inherited the earldom and was old enough to stand in the pulpit he thought he could give her a lecture in how to behave That was gratitude for you Had she the power she certainly would have thrown him in the Tower at that moment But no she was uite powerless she had to do as she was toldWho ShouldShouldn t Read Wonderful book for a book club Would lead to fabulous discussions on the Monarchy Depression public figures fame racism class Would definitely appeal to those fascinated by the British Monarchy Keeping my copy for when my Mother in Law comes to visit as I think she would really enjoy this one455 Dewey sI received this from HarperCollins as part of our Indigo Insiders program am in no way reuired to review

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Rs ueen Takes the Train offers a fresh new look at a seemingly arcane institution and a woman who wonders if she too has become a relic of the past William Kuhn paints a charming yet biting portrait of British social political and generational rivalries between servants and royals the monarchy and the government the old and the young Humorous and poignant fast paced and clever this delightful debut tweaks the pomp of the British monarchy going beneath its rigid formality to reveal the human heart of the woman at its cent. What would happen if the ueen of England left the palace one rainy day unnoticed to walk a few blocks for a bit of cheese And then took a train to Edinburgh And what does this have to do with Henry V This charming story answers these uestions and easy to read but not exactly lightweight funny and moving will make a great movie Please support your local independent bookstore when buying this book Buying from com hurts your local economy If you don t know where to go check here


10 thoughts on “Mrs ueen Takes the Train

  1. says:

    2 12 stars I was EXCITED to read this novel I EXPECTED to like this novel I WANTED to like this novel I did not like this novelIf you’ll pardon the seasonal analogy this book was like being given a beautifully wrapped Christmas present only to open it up and find socks First you have to understand something about me I am a rabid Anglophile If I am reading a romance set in Miami where the heroine is strutting around in a bathing suit ho

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    ueen Elizabeth is feeling a bit low when she walks over to her London stables to visit her horses on a particularly blustery day Young Rebecca

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    Mrs ueen Takes The Train is the first novel by American biographer historian author and self confessed Anglophile William Kuhn Not feeling uite her usual self The ueen pops down to the Mews to check on Elizabeth

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    The Good Stuff Delightfully odd and uniuely refreshing Richly developed unusual characters who feel very real Makes you realize that the ueen is a living human being and not just a figure head yes this is a fictionalized version of the ueen but still Discusses race class differences but in a non preachy in your

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    To an unrepentant Anglophile like me Mrs ueen Takes the Train was as refreshing as a strong cup of tea on a cold day While it's true that the device the author uses to facilitate and prolong the ueen's escape will strain the bounds of credulity for any reader thankfully the you read the less it matters This is thanks to strong character development by the author so that even if certain parts of the story see

  6. says:

    Well this was a really delightful little find I can not remember which of my friends recommended this to me but thank you anyway It is a sweetly heartwarming tale of a few fictitious days in the life of the modern monarch And I will add here that I am no dyed in the wool monarchist not by a long shot Oh how I wish that this was a true mini

  7. says:

    If a cup of tea ever manifested itself as a book it would be this one It is warm comforting and the perfect thing to make a bad day

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    What would happen if the ueen of England left the palace one rainy day unnoticed to walk a few blocks for a bit of cheese? And then took a train to Edinburgh? And what does this have to do with Henry V? This charming story answers these uestions and ; easy to read but not exactly lightweight funny and moving will make a g

  9. says:

    It's like that movie Baby's Day Out 1994 or less flippantly Roman Holiday 1953 also Chasing Liberty 2004 man they do this kind of thing a surprising lot in the moviesWhy wasn't this released during the Olympics when people were Anglo jonesing? Or right after when they had the Anglo munchies? This far out I think we're all just Angl

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    Trite Shallow SillyI wanted to like this book I was on a streak of anglophile reading and I was looking for something light and charming But this book was devoid of charm and humor which is a cardinal sin when writing this type of book Making the ueen a bit of an out of touch dithering old lady just seemed silly to me not funny Characters

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