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“You’ll come away thinking Her Majesty, at least this fictional one, charming, caring, thoughtful and brave. . . . A delightful escape. We can only hope there are more train rides in Her Majesty’s future.” (USA Today)
“[A] charmer of a first novel. . . . This Elizabeth is delightful, slyly funny company. You’ll never look at the real one the same way again.” (People (3 ½ stars))
“Poignant and sweet, MRS QUEEN TAKES THE TRAIN is a comic study of the British class system, an unusual testament to the possibilities of friendship outside normal comfort zones and an affirmation of the humanity within all of us.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“A delightful read, a bit of fiction (the train journey) set into nonfiction (everything else), and a sly look at how the monarchy is changing along withor maybe two beats behindthe rest of Britain.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
“A witty, contemporary story of the Downton Abbey-esque tensions between servants and employers, the young and the old, and tradition and modernity.” (Glamour.com)
“This book is the perfect cup of tea for the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Give it to lovers of all things British. It’s also a good bet for fans of Alexander McCall Smith.” (Booklist)
“Kuhn explores not only the queen’s inner life, but the Downtown Abbey style-tensions between servants and royals, the old guard and the new. . . . Royal watchers and students of class alike will enjoy this smart. . . tale.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Kuhn’s first novel ought to find an avid readership among the filmgoers who flocked to The King’s Speech and The Queen. . . . An affectionate, sympathetic but also unstinting look at the woman inside the sovereign.” (Kirkus)
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. 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 and heads for King's Cross to catch a train to Scotland. But a colorful 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 bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.
Comic and poignant, fast-paced and clever, Mrs Queen Takes the Train tweaks the pomp of the monarchy, going beneath its rigid formality to reveal the human heart of the woman at its center.See all Editorial Reviews
Humanizes The Queen in a very novel way by involving characters that would serve in the monarchy. A rather whimsical story.Published 1 month ago by Nancy
A good book, but I much more preferred Elisa Ellen's "The Queen's Summer Holiday", where the Queen comes over as being much more human and lovable.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a fun read. The author took some liberties in what life might be like as the Queen of England, but it was well written and the characters were interesting.Published 2 months ago by Lorna M. Harvey
This was a light hearted story, and sometimes you need to read something like this. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 2 months ago by mbo
I was disappointed in this book. There were too many inaccuracies for my liking, since I'm British and found too many errors. Scotch whisky is never spelled with an e. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane Copley
I thought this book rather amusing and interesting. It talks about some of the workings of The Queen's daily life and structure and gives a 'look behind the scenes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ann Ross
This story begins with the Queen of England struggling with a bout of depression. It actually follows the stories of multiple people – the head butler, a stable hand at the Royal... Read morePublished 3 months ago by kstewart424