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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.
It was mostly about the protocol for the British royalty. Not as interesting as I had hoped.Published 2 days ago by Anne Weber
While reading Mrs. Queen, I wondered if Mr. Kuhn had been handed a stack of strange and unrelated photographs and then challenged to write a novel around them. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Deborah
I haven't finished reading yet. I'm having a hard time really getting into it.Published 11 days ago by stuckinrebootloop
a gentle, quite predictable, but engaging little novel, about loneliness and true generosity, kindness, and attentiveness to people as they are.Published 17 days ago by kacey b
Amusing, well-researched, and surprisingly touching. I thought it would be fun but silly - instead it offers wit, sympathy for the human condition, unpredictable plot twists, and a... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Chai and a Good Book