The People's Princess by Flora Harding

The People's Princess
.ePUB, 285 pages
Expected Publication: 31 Mar 2022
By: HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter

About The Book:
Buckingham Palace, 1981: Her engagement to Prince Charles is a dream come true for Lady Diana Spencer but marrying the heir to the throne is not all that it seems. Alone and bored in the palace, she resents the stuffy courtiers who are intent on instructing her about her new role as Princess of Wales. But when she discovers a diary written in the 1800s by Princess Charlotte of Wales, a young woman born into a gilded cage so like herself, Diana is drawn into the story of Charlotte’s reckless love affairs and fraught relationship with her father, the Prince Regent. As she reads the diary, Diana can see many parallels with her own life and future as Princess of Wales. The story allows a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in the palace, the tensions in Diana’s relationship with the royal family during the engagement, and the wedding itself.

My Review:
I really enjoyed Before the Crown by Flora Harding and this too was such a treat. Told in two timelines, 1981 and 1813, I enjoyed Princess Charlotte's timeline much more than Diana's, I think it was because I already knew the Diana story plus the recent rehashing of it on The Crown. What I appreciated the most was how similar these two women are even though they are nearly 170 years apart. Both had glitz, glamour and an adoring public, yet they both led tragic lives. 

 The writing in this book is beautiful, it makes you feel like you are part of the story and in the princess' heads and it just took me along for the ride. Even though the author herself admits this is purely fictional it comes across as completely authentic but does not read like a history book, that takes an incredible talent. Kudos to the author for doing so.

With many thanks to NetGalley, Flora Harding and HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter for the giving of the ARC.



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