The Royal Nanny

The Royal Nanny 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 p

  • Title: The Royal Nanny
  • Author: Karen Harper
  • ISBN: 9780062420633
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 beginsBased 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.
    The Royal Nanny by Karen Harper Jun , The Royal Nanny is about a young woman, Charlotte, who in begins looking after Queen Victoria s great grandchildren, David and Bertie, who later become King Edward VIII and King George VI We see the journey that Charlotte called Lala The Royal Nanny Turtleback School Library 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 Read Read less click to open popover The Royal Nanny A Novel Kindle edition by Harper, Karen From cozy firesides of country houses to glittering halls of ancestral estates, Karen Harper gives the reader unprecedented access to a world of monarchs Told through the eyes of an endearing narrator, THE ROYAL NANNY is a gem, revealing that those forgotten in history are often the true treasures. Who is Prince George s Royal Nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Dec , With the arrival of little Prince Louis, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are no doubt leaning heavily on family and friends, but there s one person who is already indispensable royal nanny Maria The Royal Nanny A Novel by Karen Harper, Paperback Jun , 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. Who Is the Royal Nanny Things to Know About Maria Borrallo Apr , Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II and Royal nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo What It Takes to Become a Nanny for the British Royal Family Mar , Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis s nanny, Maria Borrallo, is a Norland trained nanny, identified by her distinctive brown The untold truth of royal nannies TheList Dec , Charlotte Lala Bill was an under nanny when she realized how the head nanny had been treating King George After reporting the mistreatment to the young royal s parents, the head nanny was, naturally, fired Thankfully, Bill then became the main nanny to King George Secrets the Royal Nanny Won t Tell You Reader s Digest To become a nanny, at least an English nanny, one must complete a training program such as the one that Maria Borrallo, Royal Nanny for Prince William and Kate Middleton s children, took at Norland How To Be A Royal Nanny Strict Requirements Dark Angel

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    1. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor The Ohio State University and high school literature and writing teacher A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical Tudor era mysteries and her historical novels about real and dynamic British women Karen s books have been published in many foreign languages and she won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for 2005 Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the county Her most recent books include THE SOUTH SHORES TRILOGY CHASING SHADOWS, DROWNING TIDES and FALLING DARKNESS Her latest historical is THE ROYAL NANNY Please visit her website at KarenHarperAuthor and her fb page at facebook KarenHarperAuthor

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    1. What a treat I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the lives of the British Royal family through the eyes of such a wonderful character Lala I loved her and am thankful that these children were blessed with such a wonderful caretaker Everyone, especially Royal watchers, should put this novel at the top of to read lists 5 stars.


    2. 3.5 A young nanny arrives to be under nurse to the young princes, Bertie, and David Her name is Charlotte and will soon answer to the name, LaLa a nickname given to her by the young Bertie Witnessing an act of cruelty she is soon made head nursemaid and will give up her life to care for this young royal family A family that will add, Mary, George, Harry and John.This really happened, although of course the conversations, the dialogue is not known A good hard look at these young lives, the royal [...]


    3. Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.I requested a review copy of Karen Harper s The Royal Nanny with half hearted curiosity I had a vague historic interest in George V and his family, but I can t say I was chomping at the bit to experience a fictional account of Prince John and his beloved nurse, Charlotte Bill In retrospect, this lack of enthusiasm is rather embarrassing as it represents a severe understatement of both author and subject matter, but it is something I gladly cop [...]


    4. Based upon real people and events of the time, the novel centers around the Royal children of the Duke and Duchess of York Charlotte Bill, affectionately known by the children as Lala , is hired to be an assistant nursemaid When it is discovered that the boy s are being abused by the current nursemaid, she is quickly elevated to the head position Her first charges were David and Bertie, who grow up to be King Edward VIII and King George the VI, who became king after King Edward VIII abdicated th [...]


    5. I almost gave this 4 stars however I found that the romance side of the plot annoyed me, other than that I found it entertaining and worth a read.


    6. I read The Royal Nanny after I started to watch Netflix tv series The Crown I also, years ago, watch The Lost Prince about Prince John and now I want to rewatch it after reading this book This book was really fantastic and I m glad that I took the time to read it One thing that really struck me about this book was what a fantastic life Charlotte Bill had Sure, not an easy life, with sacrifices and lot of sadness But, she lived through a time of changes, world wars, kings, and queens, and she saw [...]


    7. For those of you who have seen the King s Speech, you know the historical figures of Bertie George VI , his older brother David, and their parents, King George V and Queen Mary For those paying close attention, you may remember Lionel Logue asking about Bertie s youngest brother, Johnnie, who died at a young age This novel ostensibly gives a closer look at Johnnie s life through the eyes of his nanny, Charlotte Bill, or Mrs Lala It was.ok Certainly most of the people in this book, including Mrs [...]


    8. The Royal Nanny by Karen Harper is a deeply moving book that tells the fictional tale, based on historic fact about Miss Charlotte Bill, called Lala by her charges Lala was hired as an undernurse to work for the Duke and Duchess of York Lala was charged with caring for the little princes David and Bertie Later she would care for Prince John whose story is the heart of this book John or Johnnie was the lost prince and I did see a movie about Johnnie by that name who time almost forgot.The Royal N [...]


    9. I wish the author hadn t felt compelled to invent the love interest The book dragged a bit but I did find the nanny child relationship as well as the nanny family parents and grandparents to be really interesting I think I d have preferred to have read a book that looked at that closely If there wasn t sufficient material on Charlotte Bill, then comparing the royal household against other upper class aristocratic households might have been a way to go As it was, the material really wasn t suffi [...]


    10. LaLa is not her real name but when she comes to be nanny to the royal children in 1897, that is what they call her Princess May doesn t like being pregnant and is not a good mother The royal custom of seeing her children for half an hour each day is usually about fifteen minutes as the Prince Of Wales has a short fuse It is Lala who discover that the heir David is being abused by the head nanny, a woman who when sent away soon descends into madness David and his brothers are all sent away to Nav [...]


    11. Historical fiction can be amazing, plodding, or middle of the road This one falls into the middle of the road section It told the story of the Royal Nanny to the children of George V, one of whom would go on to abdicate the throne, and another of whom would become the reluctant George VI.While the story starts out with these two eldest children, the main focus was on the younger children, especially the youngest son who had some serious health problems from birth The story is told as if the Nann [...]


    12. Charlotte Lala Bill arrives at Sandringham eager to begin as an assistant to the royals head nurse But when she witnesses the young boys abuse at the hands of this nurse, she takes matters into her own hands, and forever shapes the landscape of royal nurses and nannies As she raises each of the children, wondering what she ll do when the youngest will age out of the nursery and enter the schoolroom, one last royal is born Prince Johnny, a misunderstood soul and young boy with epilepsy He s hidde [...]


    13. Probably like 3.5 Loved the historical aspects of the book related to the British monarchy but got a little annoyed with the main character and her love interest.


    14. If you are one of the many people who love seeing photos of the young Prince George and Princess Charlotte on your Facebook page or when you see William and Kate and their beautiful children on the cover of People magazine must buy it, then Karen Harper s new novel, The Royal Nanny, is for you.Harper based her historical novel on the true story of Charlotte Bill, the royal nanny to the children of the Duke and Duchess of York, who eventually became King George V and Queen Mary, grandparents to t [...]


    15. London 1897Miss Charlotte Bill, age 22, has just been hired to be under nurse to the royal family at York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate She is to care for David and Bertie, the two sons of the Duke and Duchess of York The head nurse is Mrs Mary Peters The boys are taken by their nurse to visit with their parents each day at 4 00 PM, when their parents are in residence David cries a lot when he sees his parents which ends up with them sending him away with his nurse Bertie is very thin and al [...]


    16. I really enjoyed this book, I know I had heard of Lala before, I believe it was in The Kings Speech so it was neat to see this family from her perspective.Of course we all know who David and Bertie are but there were a few royals I knew nothing about not only Prince John or Johnnie as he was known but I also knew very little about Queen Alexandra and King Edward so this was a very interesting glimpse into their lives and the lives of their family.Charlotte Bill or Lala as the boys dubbed her cam [...]


    17. Fascinating insights into the lives of the children of the royals and the strong bond with their nanny s and other hired help Service to the royals meant giving up one s own life and aspirations especially to Lala Touching, moving, surprising and most interesting read.


    18. This novel filled in a time period in British history about which I previously knew very little After Victoria and before King David s abdication to marry that woman as the Royal Family thereafter referred to Wallis Simpson, is an era with which I ve had limited dealings The title refers to the nanny to both David, who became King Edward who abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, as well as his successor, the future King George, Elizabeth II s father I was surprised to learn they had both a sister a [...]


    19. This book, although marked as historical fiction, is based on a true story.The book begins in the late 1890 s, when a young woman, Charlotte Bill, is traveling to the home of royalty where she will be an aide to the current nanny On the way, the driver the royals sent to greet her at the train station tells her of the good life at the estate However, when she tells him she is to be working under the present nanny, his face clouds over for a moment a harbinger of things to come.Although the young [...]


    20. First book I ve read of Karen Harper I tend to enjoy historical fiction, especially when great liberties are NOT taken I am a childcare provider, of eleven years, so I have a different view than some of the inner workings of raising children The respect I have for women in this type of role is incredible to raise children as your own, only to know they are never yours This book spoke to my heart for so many reasons It was EXACTLY what I needed right now many selfless acts by one extraordinary wo [...]


    21. I love reading about English history This was part of history I didn t know much about Was interesting hearing about inside the royal family Good book


    22. Charlotte Bill is still a young nanny when she arrives at Sandringham, home to the Duke and Duchess of York She begins caring for young David, Bertie, and their new little sister and is soon made the head nurse As the family grows to include three royal sons, Charlotte, known by her charges as Lala, cares and loves them as their own Her unique position gives her access to royalty and prominent international figures, as well as the secrets of the royal family Although Lala loves all the York chi [...]


    23. The fictionalised tale of the nanny to the Duke of York s household, beginning at the turn of the twentieth century, covers many significant events Queen Victoria s Diamond Jubilee, Edward the Seventh s ascension to the throne this is the era of Mary Poppins , suffragettes and the turbulence in Europe are the backdrop In the foreground we follow nanny Charlotte Bill, raising the young princes Bertie and David, their new sister Mary and later siblings Formality is the order of the day We understa [...]


    24. First sentence Of course I d been out on the for hire steam launch on the Thames my father captained, but in the railway carriage, I felt like I was flying Premise plot Charlotte Bill is a young woman hired to be an under nurse nanny for the royal family The book opens in 1898, and when she first meets David and Bertie, they rename her Lala The York family keeps growing, and growing up Little ones don t stay little forever And tutors and governesses take charge as they do grow up But these are t [...]


    25. Karen Harper writes this bittersweet novel in the words of Charlotte Bill, Mrs Lala, an actual nanny in the household of George V of England The story describes the royal household and the many hidden secrets of Queen Victoria s legacy Harper freshly presents the details of running the nursery and caring for the six children of George V and his wife, Mary of Teck The reader learns that the second child of George and Mary is the father of Queen Elizabeth, and also learns of the terrible treatment [...]


    26. Charlotte Bill becomes the Royal Nanny in this factually based novel about the English royal family The inner workings of royalty is told through the words of the nanny who was neither with the royal servants nor with the below stairs servants To me, it sounded like a very lonely position although she loved, and was loved by, the Royal children, including Queen Elizabeth II s father I think the most telling part is seeing that the royalty had so little interaction with their children Fortunately [...]


    27. This book is a fictional story, but the characters were very real The main character, of course, is the nanny, named Charlotte Bill, dubbed Mrs Lalla by the royal children The Mrs title was one of respect and given to the head nanny, even though they were always single women.The book is based loosely on A King s Story, a autobiography written by David the king who abdicated, making it possible for Queen Elizabeth II to reign It also tells the tale of Johnny, the youngest son of King George V, wh [...]


    28. An Anglophile s DelightThe Royal Nanny is a deceptively light, easy read that delights and entertains But hidden in its charms is an extremely well researched novel, rich with factual details that guide the writer s hand in its telling Karen Harper is a lovely surprise to this American anglophile and I look forward to reading of her work, which, if The Royal Nanny is anything to go by, will be filled with warmth and integrity Treat yourself and read The Royal Nanny A Novel.


    29. Takes place from 1897 thru 1920 or so and tells the story of the woman who was nanny to all six of King George s offspring mostly before he was king The book is good historical fiction meaning that the main characters and events are all true You really got a sense of how the royals interact or don t with their children and how dedicated the nanny was Liked it but nothing to rave about.


    30. This is a quiet and sad story that didn t work for me until I had finished the book and sat and reflected upon what it was saying The many tragedies between its covers are history and the path the reader follows in this story is a sad one For many of the Royals, life was tough and it is so easy to assume that the help had it worse.


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