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Royal Escape [Kindle Edition]

Susan Froetschel
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Beauty, witty, sharp on fashion and charity, Elena was supposed to live the fairy-tale life. Instead, her marriage is in ruins and her in-laws resent her glowing popularity. All Elena really wants is to spend time with her two sons and be a good mother.

The death of her divorce attorney complicates her plans. The Queen, her mother-in-law, withholds settlement on a trust fund and expects Elena to give her marriage one more chance. That means keeping a low profile and following all orders from the royal family and their staff.

A terrorist attack puts Elena back into the spotlight. The family’s security detail whisks her two sons into hiding, insisting that protection requires separation from their mother. But she wonders how anyone can be safe, if the security experts can’t protect a princess?

For Princess Elena and others, being a member of the royal family has become a royal trap—imposing lifelong limits on careers, daily activities, and what one can say or do in any public setting. Elena longs to escape, but only if she can convince her two sons to join her.

Security is everywhere, yet no one is protected.

“One hopes the Windsors lead a less miserable existence than their fictional counterparts.” – Kirkus

"Readers looking for a less tragic fate for the late Diana, princess of Wales, will find much to like in this beguiling what-if." – Publishers Weekly

"The printed words on the pages of this book have all the lure of a siren’s song, and I for one fell in love with them. Reading Royal Escape was like spending time with a dear old friend; I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to rough up quite a few fictitious jerks. If I have not made it clear; this story is wonderful." – Crystal R. Guess, Genreview

"Froetschel is a fabulous writer and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a parent and also anyone who loves to read about royalty." – Momsword.org



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From Publishers Weekly

Elena, princess of Wales, the Diana-like heroine of this enjoyable mystery thriller from Froetschel (Interruptions), yearns for respect, to be free of her claustrophobic marriage and to lead a fulfilling life. Adding to her woes is an antiroyal faction intent on destroying the British monarchy, whose members include the widowed queen, Catherine II; Elena's estranged husband, Edward, prince of Wales; and their sons, 13-year-old Richard and 10-year-old Lawrence. When several of Elena's protectors are murdered, starting with her divorce solicitor, Elena fears she may be next and begins to plot an escape aided by a daring American freelance journalist, Michael McLarrity. Froetschel offers a nuanced view of Elena's relations with the royal family that closely follows the obvious historical model. Readers looking for a less tragic fate for the late Diana, princess of Wales, will find much to like in this beguiling what-if. (Dec.)
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  • Publisher: Five Star/Cengage (December 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EYSZOG
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4.0 out of 5 stars From S. Krishna's Books December 30, 2008
Format:Hardcover
When I first heard about Royal Escape, the description intrigued me. It basically said that readers looking for a less tragic fate for Diana, Princess of Wales, would probably enjoy this book. I'm not one for royal mania, but I just watched a PBS special on The Windsors, so I was in a royal family mindset.

Let me make this clear right from the start: if you are a fan of the Windsors, this book is probably not for you. The Wyndhams, as they are referred to in Royal Escape, aren't portrayed in the best light. If I were to have to guess at Froetschel's political leanings, I would say she is for the monarchy being abolished in Britain. Elena (Diana) is, of course, the most sympathetic of the characters in the book, a victim of both the royal family and their staff. Her concern for her sons was touching, but I didn't do much in terms of character analysis because it was obvious who each character was supposed to represent in the royal family.

The most interesting part of the book was how the royal family is handled by their staff. While I don't know if it is true or not, I thought it was very intriguing. The mystery of what really is going on behind the scenes is captivating and propels the story forward.

Basically, this book is pure escapism: if you are looking for a fun, mindless read, this is a great book to choose. There isn't too much substance, but it is fun and keeps the reader hooked. There are some unresolved issues at the end of the book and some large plot holes, but if you aren't in the mood to care about that sort of thing (as I wasn't when I read the novel), then Royal Escape is for you. As long as you don't take yourself or it too seriously, you will enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Court of Intrigue July 2, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Striking personalities enrich this tale of the royals in their misguided approach to life and living. We are drawn to admire and despise the deep characters portrayed as the plot unfolds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing royal suspense thriller December 18, 2008
Format:Hardcover
The Princess of Wales Elena dreams of a different future far from her so-called fairy tale marriage to Edward that has turned into a choking nightmare. She wants to be free to help the less fortunate and she desires fun time for their two children the heir thirteen years old Richard and the spare ten years old Lawrence. Her divorce proceedings has stirred the media and the Royal family as that is unprecedented, but Edward's blatant cheating with his long time girlfriend finally pushed her to go the final mile with the help of kind solicitor Derrick Wilson.

After a royal gala, an angry upset Elena, who was supposed to have her kids for the weekend, but due to royal chicanery does not, leaves in a Rolls Royce. When she sees Lawrence running she has her driver Henry stop the car. She goes to her son just when the car explodes killing Henry and knocking her out. Lawrence tells the press his mom was a hero. At about the same time two thugs murder Derrick and steal Elena's journal. Other die as Elena with the help of American journalist Michael McLarrity tries to escape anti royalist terrorists, royal imprisonment under the guise of security and still spend quality time with her two offspring.

This obvious parallel to Princess Diana is an intriguing royal suspense thriller although Elena comes across as too perfect while the royals as so tight ass that a five pence coin could not slide out of their butts. Still the story line is exciting especially once the terrorists begin their campaign and provides insight into what it is like to be a Windsor abiding by choking nightmarish rules under the British media microscope.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars From S. Krishna's Books December 7, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first heard about Royal Escape, the description intrigued me. It basically said that readers looking for a less tragic fate for Diana, Princess of Wales, would probably enjoy this book. I'm not one for royal mania, but I just watched a PBS special on The Windsors, so I was in a royal family mindset.

Let me make this clear right from the start: if you are a fan of the Windsors, this book is probably not for you. The Wyndhams, as they are referred to in Royal Escape, aren't portrayed in the best light. If I were to have to guess at Froetschel's political leanings, I would say she is for the monarchy being abolished in Britain. Elena (Diana) is, of course, the most sympathetic of the characters in the book, a victim of both the royal family and their staff. Her concern for her sons was touching, but I didn't do much in terms of character analysis because it was obvious who each character was supposed to represent in the royal family.

The most interesting part of the book was how the royal family is handled by their staff. While I don't know if it is true or not, I thought it was very intriguing. The mystery of what really is going on behind the scenes is captivating and propels the story forward.

Basically, this book is pure escapism: if you are looking for a fun, mindless read, this is a great book to choose. There isn't too much substance, but it is fun and keeps the reader hooked. There are some unresolved issues at the end of the book and some large plot holes, but if you aren't in the mood to care about that sort of thing (as I wasn't when I read the novel), then Royal Escape is for you. As long as you don't take yourself or it too seriously, you will enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A resourceful woman's bargain with power goes bad
I shouldn't have gotten as interested as I did in Royal Escape because I'm not a fan of mysteries and I'm not much interested in the British Royals. Read more
Published on December 5, 2010 by Free Will
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner!
Having read Froetschel's earlier books, both set in Alaska, I was eager to read Royal Escape, such a departure in setting and character. Read more
Published on December 5, 2010 by I. Vanhulsentop
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Thriller of Royal Magnitude
Faction novels often make for excellent book reading as in the case of Royal Escape. The character of Princess Elena is closely based on Princess Diana. Read more
Published on November 16, 2009 by Jacqueline Seewald
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: ROYAL ESCAPE by Susan Froetschel
One afternoon as a harried day of work was approaching an end, I surreptitiously checked my personal email in the hopes of a word from a friend or joke from a relative. Read more
Published on August 31, 2009 by Natalie C. Frank, Ph.D.
4.0 out of 5 stars mother courage
I shouldn't have gotten as interested as I did in Royal Escape because I'm not a fan of mysteries and I'm not much interested in the British Royals. Read more
Published on March 11, 2009 by Free Will
5.0 out of 5 stars A royal escape
Having read Froetschel's earlier books, both set in Alaska, I was eager to read Royal Escape, such a departure in setting and character. Read more
Published on March 9, 2009 by I. Vanhulsentop
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More About the Author

Susan Froetschel is the author of four mystery novels. Her most recent novel is Fear of Beauty, set in rural Afghanistan, about a woman desperate to learn how to read after the death of her oldest son.

In her books, Froetschel strives for suspense by developing characters who disagree with policies that many take for granted, and came to agree with novelist John Hersey who noted, "Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it." Fiction changes how people perceive their lives and choices.

Froetschel lives in Michigan. She began her career working for Self, House Beautiful and Esquire magazines before moving to Alaska, where her reporting for a daily newspaper was recognized with national and state press awards. She later studied at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and has written about business, environmental protection, nonprofits, health care and more. She taught writing classes at Yale and magazine writing and literary journalism for Southern Connecticut State University. Since 2005 she has worked for YaleGlobal Online, an independent, public-service magazine that covers globalization defined as the interconnectedness of our world.

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