Author: Danielle Steel
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Page Count: 264
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this spellbinding tale from Danielle Steel, a princess is sent away to safety during World War II, where she falls in love, and is lost forever.
As the war rages on in the summer of 1943, causing massive destruction and widespread fear, the King and Queen choose to quietly send their youngest daughter, Princess Charlotte, to live with a trusted noble family in the country. Despite her fiery, headstrong nature, the princess’s fragile health poses far too great a risk for her to remain in war-torn London.
Third in line for the throne, seventeen year-old Charlotte reluctantly uses an alias upon her arrival in Yorkshire, her two guardians the only keepers of her true identity. In time, she settles comfortably into a life out of the spotlight, befriending a young evacuee and training with her cherished horse. But no one predicts that in the coming months she will fall deeply in love with her protectors’ son.
She longs for a normal life. Far from her parents, a tragic turn of events leaves an infant orphaned. Alone in the world, that child will be raised in the most humble circumstances by a modest stable manager and his wife. No one, not even she, knows of her lineage. But when a stack of hidden letters comes to light, a secret kept for nearly two decades finally surfaces, and a long lost princess emerges.
A fascinating story of family and royalty, and an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young woman and the man who brings her home, Royal is an exhilarating work from America’s most beloved storyteller.
Royal by Danielle Steel is a historical romance novel that starts readers off in the summer of 1943 right in the middle of World War II. With the cities being a dangerous place during the war it was common practice for families to send their children off to the country to live with those willing to take them in to hopefully keep them safe and that is how our story starts with a royal princess.
Princess Charlotte was the youngest of the King and Queen’s children and they only wanted to protect her so arrangments were made for Charlotte to travel to the country to stay with with a trusted noble family away from war torn London. At seventeen Charlotte’s interests when heading to the country were only with her horse but that quickly changes after arriving.
The thing that keeps bringing me back to Danielle Steel’s novels is that I’m never really sure what I’ll find when opening up the pages and beginning to read. Yes, we know she has her own specific romantic formula but her books fall under various genres within the romance spectrum. This time out I was pleasantly surprised at this look into history and her fictional royal family. The story was one that brought a lot of ups and downs and surprises along the way so it flew by rather quickly for me as I kept engaged all along the way.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Dangerous Games, The Mistress, The Award, Rushing Waters, Magic, The Apartment, Property of a Noblewoman, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.