Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Review -- Mrs. Queen Takes the Train

Mrs. Queen Takes the TrainMrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
My enjoyment rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book hangover rating:  1 of 5 stars
SourceI received a copy of this book free from the author.  I received no other compensation, and my thoughts are 100% my own.
Genre:  Literary fiction
Objectionable material:  None
Trooping the Colour, Order of the Garter, Royal Weddings…just a few of the ceremonies that have me glued to the Daily Mail and any royal Flickr-stream to continually feed my British Monarchy need.

So when a book is published with the title, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train, you can count on it being high on my “to read” stack!

The Queen, feeling a bit melancholy about the state of her life, reflects on what has made her most happy: The Royal Yacht Britannia. Guided by her instinct to reconnect to all those marvelous memories, The Queen takes a stroll beyond the BP (Buckingham Palace) compound, much to the angst of her cadre of advisers, protection officers and ladies in waiting. Once she is on the lam, The Queen leads her bevy of personnel on a circuitous escapade worthy of the title “trains, planes, and automobiles,” which lands them all in Leith, Scotland, where the decommissioned royal vessel is moored. Along the way relationships develop, truths learned, and The Queen is none the worse for wear.

I absolutely adored this novel. It fed every need for British escapism one could imagine: What would The Queen be like alone among commoners? Could she function on her own without her rigid schedule? Could she really be like “one of us?” "Would you recognize her on the outside?" It was fun to suspend belief about how The Queen functions both as a “Queen” and as a human being.

I suppose if one does not have a penchant for all things royal, this might not be the book for you – following The Queen on a train might get a bit tedious – but for the rest of us who haven’t missed a royal wedding since Charles & Diana, I highly recommend it.


Julie said...

This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the review!

Tina's Blog said...

I read this a while back....I forgot that you liked the Royal Family, too. Just this morning I started thinking about William and Kate's new baby and started getting a bit excited. It was in 1982 when William was born that I became captivated by everything royal, and my girls are about the same age when this baby will be born as I was when William was born. Maybe they will become entrancd by everything royal themselves.

William said...


Mrs Queen and I are very grateful for this kind review.

Bill K

Booksnyc said...

I LOVED this one too! Glad you enjoyed it too. Have you read The Uncommon Reader? It is a similar concept except the Queen takes up reading. A lot of people commented on my review of Mrs Queen and recommended it - I really enjoyed it!

Amused said...

So happy you found this entertaining!