The Royal Nanny: A Novel

Paperback | June 21, 2016

byKaren Harper

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Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain’s royal family—a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes.

April, 1897: A young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. She is excited, exhausted—and about to meet royalty. . . .

So begins the unforgettable story of Charlotte Bill, who would care for a generation of royals as their parents never could. Neither Charlotte—LaLa, as her charges dub her—nor anyone else can predict that eldest sons David and Bertie will each one day be king. LaLa knows only that these children, and the four who swiftly follow, need her steadfast loyalty and unconditional affection.

But the greatest impact on Charlotte’s life is made by a mere bud on the family tree: a misunderstood soul who will one day be known as the Lost Prince. Young Prince John needs all of Lala’s love—the kind of love his parents won’t…or can’t…show him.

From Britain’s old wealth to the glittering excesses of Tsarist Russia; from country cottages to royal yachts, and from nursery to ballroom, Charlotte Bill witnesses history. The Royal Nanny is a seamless blend of fact and fiction—an intensely intimate, yet epic tale spanning decades, continents, and divides that only love can cross.

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Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain’s royal family—a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes.April, 1897: A young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. She is excited, exhausted—and...

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April, 1897: A young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. She is excited, exhausted—and about to meet royalty. . . .So begins the unforgettable story of Charlotte Bill, who would care for a generation of royals as their parents never could. Neither Charlotte—Lala, as her charges dub her—nor an...

Karen Harper is also the author of a number of contemporary suspense & historical novels. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, & Naples, Florida.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:June 21, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062420631

ISBN - 13:9780062420633

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bad A disappointing read. I thought something about the "Lost Prince" and that time of history that is often gone over (1900-1910). But I found the writing not very well done and the lead character not very likeable. The romance between her and the gardiner was terrible. He bullies her when she turns him down, marries someone else (cheats on her) and the only thing the other woman is for is to give him a child. She has no personality outside of it and once she is dead it is brushed aside that she was used and abused for the sake of plot. The lead doesn't seem to care that she is "rolling around" with a married man and that her first thought after she dies that she can now be with her love. Not at all sympathetic. It took too long to get up to the intro of the Prince and then didn't seem to cover the relationship well. Disappointing.
Date published: 2017-01-10

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“This is a beautifully told novel of a woman who was surrounded by all the glitz and glamour of royalty but remained unaffected...Readers will greatly admire the protagonist while learning about the quirks of the royal family and the events that shook the world in the early 20th century.”