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Royal Escape (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – December 1, 2008

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME) (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594147175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594147173
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,772,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By skrishna VINE VOICE on 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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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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Format: Kindle Edition
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. But I got sucked in because of the strong inner voice and maternal dignity of Princess Elena, who resembles Princess Di in a lot of ways - except she doesn't seem at all self-destructive. Still, she is rejected by the Queen and the Prince of Wales. Elena is a devoted mother of two boys - a future king and "the other" (more about "the other" later.) What Elena fears for most is her boys' happiness - which she thinks is being snuffed in the stifling atmosphere surrounding the Royals. But she has a lot more to fear because a bunch of her most trusted confidantes keep turning up dead.

Froestchel writes convincingly, both of Elena's inner dialogue and of the minutiae of details of British Royalty. The tension she creates builds right up to the very end of the book My criticisms of the book are that Elena is too nice - you want her to lash out more. Also "the other" son is extremely precocious for his 10 years on earth and makes one wonder if he isn't the author in disguise. I have to admit I laughed out loud a few time despite the mayhem, when this pint-sized princeling tartly put the adults in their place or set major plot elements into motion.
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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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