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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.
Mrs Queen Takes the Train is a clever novel, offering a fresh look at a woman who wonders if she, like Britannia herself, has, too, become a relic of the past. William Kuhn paints a charming yet biting portrait of British social, political, and generational rivalries—between upstairs and downstairs, the monarchy and the government, the old and the young. Comic and poignant, fast paced and clever, this delightful debut tweaks the pomp of the monarchy, going beneath its rigid formality to reveal the human heart of the woman at its center.
This was a fun book to read. Learned a lot as well.Published 16 hours ago by Linda R. Madden-brenholts
Very much enjoyed this book. Very clever concept developed in an interesting way. Weaves two love stories into the main plot of the Queen traveling in (slight) disguise among her... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Rikkor
Fun and a different way to view the monarcy. Our bookclub rode the train to Sacramento and discussed it. Some enjoyed the yoga and some the queens love of animals.Published 21 days ago by Nancy Lafontaine
This was a story that tried to make an unlikely scenario into reality. Both it and the characters were widely off course.Published 24 days ago by don chambers
The story line wandered a little bit. Until about halfway into the book it just seemed to be stories about everyone except the main character (Queen Elizabeth). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Grandma Ruth
Besides telling how life within the palace walls is not all tea and crumpets, it tells what life is like for an inteligent woman who is put on display as a public figure but who... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rita M. Souther