The Royal Nanny

The Royal Nanny

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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.

Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062420633
0062420631
Branch Call Number: HARPER K
Characteristics: viii, 357, 14 pages ; 21 cm

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Sep 27, 2017

Very interesting insight in this "faction" (fictionalized fact?), shedding light on the early years of the future royals David (Edward 8, who abdicated) and Bertie (George 6, father of Elizabeth 2), as well as their lesser-known younger brother John, who had epilepsy.

CatherineG_1 May 28, 2017

Lala, was the Royal Nanny for the children of Queen May and King George V. There were six children but she was hired to work with the last three from infancy. She was a true royal servant keeping their secrets and those of many others. Lala was like many of the staff of that period, more involved in rearing the children and keeping the household than the monarchs, themselves. At various points in the book, she is given positions that would only have been allocated to someone of trust. Like many others in service, she gave up her own personal life to serve the family.
Harper wrote a factional book - meaning that it was fiction for the dialogue but fact for most of the story. Good read - never knew some of the facts about one of the children.

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Nov 29, 2016

ALWAYS ENJOY ANY OF HER BOOKS. AN UPSTAIRS/DOWNSTAIRS KIND OF BOOK

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