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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 book was a light read that provided a new and different perspective on the life of Queen Elizabeth... Read morePublished 2 days ago by MK
No doubt most of us have wondered what it would be like to be a member of some royal family and to have our every wish fulfilled. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Donald A. King
Cute read. Good info of the people that assist the Queen. Loved the concept of the Queen going off on an adventure and the cast characters she meets along the way. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Rita McKinney
I have often wondered if the Queen ever has regrets for all the everyday pleasures she had to give up in order to carry on the same old handshakes, speeches, and family quarrels. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Gloria Kay Foitik
Character development is too obvious and slow at first but necessary to the story. I found the fact that her family was not included in the search for the queen to be implausible. Read morePublished 6 days ago by becksoccer
A charming, improbable story about Her Majesty. Also contains information about the workings of Buckingham Palace.Published 10 days ago by Lorna E. Jones
A sweet, fun story. It humanizes the Queen. Th yoga references were well placed, too. Charming story !Published 10 days ago by RueRue
A sweet story - nice idea and mostly well executed. I really enjoyed the book for the most part (listened on whisper-sync) - the ending was a little abrupt & left me scratching my... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Holly J Kennedy