Royal by Danielle Steel
ebook, 245 pages
Expected publication: August 18th 2020 by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine - Delacorte Press
About the Book:
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.
Well it seems Danielle Steel is back to her old self and I couldn't be happier. I read a book by her at Christmas and wasn't happy. I loved her older novels and she has got that style back with this one.
This story starts off with a bang...WWII, a princess in hiding, a young romance, a surprise pregnancy...and death...lots and lots of death. But there is also love, happiness, joy and of course romance.
This isn't a unique plot but somehow I didn't mind that fact as Ms. Steel has her mojo back and I enjoyed the writing and the atmosphere contained in the book. My imagination took me to new places and a different time.
I really enjoyed this book a lot....royalty, loyalty, and relationships. I loved all the descriptions of the era and the castles. I also liked that not all of it was about the war. The author managed amazing character development. It was a nice break from all those thrillers.
My only complaint is that it was VERY repetitive...otherwise...a very enjoyable read.
Thank you NetGalley, Danielle Steel, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and Delacorte Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.