A complex position: The Royal Governess by Wendy Holden

The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II's Childhood by [Wendy Holden]

Wendy Holden has been a writer of light women’s fiction for many years. With The Royal Governess she most successfully ventures into historical fiction.

Marion Crawford is the woman who became “the royal governess.” It was not her aim in life as she started out wanting to be a reformer who taught children living in the slums. Crawfie, as she became known, changed direction when she realized that she could potentially introduce Princess Elizabeth to the “real” world, hopefully making her better able to understand “normal” people and normal life.

This novel offers an excellent history of the royal family; it is all here. There are young Elizabeth and Margaret, the future King and Queen, David and Mrs. Simpson, Prince Philip, Peter Townsend and many others. There are all of the events including WWII, the abdication, Elizabeth’s marriage and more. All are told through the lens of Marion Crawford’s experiences.

Readers also learn what Marion gave up for her job. They will also see how she was treated by those she served.

Readers of historical fiction and those who enjoy books about the Royal Family are sure to enjoy this novel. Kudos to Ms. Holden on her new direction.

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