Saturday, December 29, 2012

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train, William Kuhn, Harper Collins
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.

Now y’all know I love The Queen. I’ve had this ongoing fascination with the British Royals since I was old enough to read my grandmother’s National Enquirer. (Don’t judge, she had a subscription, I just read it) A couple of weeks ago, I was wandering through Barnes and Noble and came upon “Mrs Queen Takes The Train”. I bought it on a whim and got immediately sucked in. It’s going to make you laugh as The Queen refers to her Twitter account as “Miss Twitter” and to Facebook as “Pastebook”. It’s probably going to make you cry a little bit too. Fair warning! It’s hilariously dramatic and well written and it has a cast of characters that are a diverse as England itself. Now, this is a totally different sort of book than I normally review here at Guilty Indulgence, but there is still some underlying romance to be found. “Mrs Queen Takes The Train” is an awesome read and I give it 5 ooey gooey strawberries dipped in 4 kinds of chocolate! Kudos William Kuhn and I look forward to what comes next from you!

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