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Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of sixteen New York Times bestsellers, including The Day Diana Died and The Day John Died, which both reached number one, and Mick,William and Kate, Jackie After Jack, Diana’s Boys, and Sweet Caroline. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. A former contributing editor of Time and longtime senior editor of People, Andersen has written for a wide range of publications, including TheNew York Times, Life, and Vanity Fair and frequently appears on such programs as Today,Good Morning America, and Entertainment Tonight.
I remember watching in shock, with my family gathered around the television, the night that Princess(not officially by title any longer but perchance by grace alone)Diana died. Certain individuals shine their light such that the whole world is touched and I believe she was truly one of those people. I have, since then, avoided much of the tell-all, sensationalized media and books released. Whatever sordid details people were able to eek out, exaggerate or even manufacture entirely have no interest to me.
This family- royal or no- suffered a terrible tragedy. As a mother, considering another woman's children left motherless strikes a deep chord.
While this book does tell the story of William and Kate and the journey that has led them to a committed relationship- the aspect of this I really enjoyed and found touching was the in depth storytelling by the author of all the background. So much of who these two young people are has been shaped by turbulent times. The author gives us some very true glimpses into the character of William. For example, after years of recurring nightmares of his mother's tragic death he began dreaming and worrying that his beloved Kate would come to the same end. He even considered that maybe he did not have the right to marry her and ask her to put herself in such danger as he perceived.
The author is honest but in a gentle and respectful way. This was a truly enjoyable, quick and easy read since it read so much more as an almost epic tale. I would say it is definitely worth the read if you have any interest at all in the royal family. Don't let the fact that it is a biography put you off- I found it really read easily, much more like a story than anything else.Read more ›
Although I have never been a huge fan of the Royal family, I have to say that I did admire Diana and, throughout the years, I have made a point of keeping tabs on how her sons were doing.
In fact, I always felt that William was somewhat fascinating and it always amazed me how he seemed to have such a strong relationship with Charles - the man who basically made his mother's life on earth a living hell.
Having said that, I admit that I, obviously, was not privy to the `insider' information and should probably not judge, but I was praying that William would turn out more like his mother and a lot less like his father (physically and otherwise).
Thankfully, William seems to be quite down to earth and I was happy to discover that he chose NOT to be the philandering `future prince' - constantly making certain that he and his antics show up in the press.
I was also very happy to hear about his upcoming nuptials and when I was asked to review William and Kate, the Love Story, I happily did so.
Firstly, this book is incredibly well researched and it is obvious that the writing was done by someone who has more than just a passing interest in the subject matter. All too often, a `cheesy' book will be hastily put together in order to capitalize on the splash of `publicity' (15 minutes of fame?) but this is not the case here.
The author takes us meticulously through the Kate and Will story - with the good and the bad and did a wonderful job of putting the readers in the moment - making us feel as though we were sharing in on some confidences.
I also enjoyed the pictures in the book - many of which I had never seen before.
Although I am sure this book will not be the only one covering Will and Kate, I have no doubt that it will be considered informative AND entertaining.
I would have given it more stars but from the get go I was turned off by the gossip. This is about the soon to be wed couple, Prince WIlliam and Kate Middleton and a lot of this is comprised of Kate commenting on various aspects of William (even before she met him( and from where did Andersen get this dialogue like what she said when she watched Diana's funeral in 1997. What truly turned me off is Andersen's gossip about Hewitt allegedly being Harry's faher whch I find rather tasteless. Incredibly, he believes Hewitt's change of story that he met Diana in June 1981 not 1986 as he had stated earlier(laughably Hewitt claims he said this under hypnosis-- and claimed he and Diana fell for each other but didn't get intimate until about three months after the birth of WIlliam. I suppose Andersen does this to explain why he doesn't push the innuendos that Hewitt sired William too. He pushes some innuendos about Harry growing to more and more resemble Hewitt --Andersen incredibly says the resemblence is "striking". I think ANdersen should look at pics--Harry look strikingly like CHarles in many pics and resembles a young Prince PHilip, his grandfather. I'm very disappointed in the author for doing this to Harry who is Charles and Diana's son. Andersen writes how Charles and Diana didn't get along while they expecting Harry. Diana told her biographer Morton the time she and CHarles were expecting Harry was the closet they had ever been.
THere are other contentions including how "well" Diana and Charles got along after the divorce. He leaves out that in July 1997 Charles had a lavish birthday party for Camilla which was a major reason Diana left the country to vacation with Mohammed Al Fayed and his family.Read more ›
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