The People's Princess by Flora Harding
Title: The People's Princess
Author: Flora Harding
Publisher: One More Chapter / Harper Collins UK
Genre: Historical Fiction
No. of Pages: 322
Date of Publication: 31 March, 2022
My Rating: 4 stars
When I first saw this book cover and the title, I remembered being a little child and watching Charles and Diana’s wedding on television with my mother. I’ll admit, I didn’t even read the description, so much did I already knew I wanted to read it -
- I loved Flora Harding’s Before the Crown,
- I’m a huge fan of historical fiction,
- I read a lot of history titles about the history of England,
- I’m always interested in learning something more about the BRF,
- I adore historical fiction about the BRF
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of this novel and once I downloaded it I started reading it immediately and didn’t stop until I was finished with the story. I found myself engaged from the first page to the last, the dual timeline was at times fantastic, and at times frustrating in that, at first, I wanted to return to reading about Diana/Charlotte but then after a couple of sentences, I was drawn right back into C’s or D’s tale.
I found this story such an enjoyable read and would recommend it for anyone who can relate to the list above.
eARC kindly provided by Harper Collins UK / One More Chapter and NetGalley. Opinions shared are mine.
Step behind the palace doors in this gripping historical novel that is a must read for fans of The Crown and Princess Diana!
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.
Praise for Flora Harding:
‘If you’re a fan of The Crown, you’ll love this’ Woman’s Weekly
‘Fascinating…a beautiful love story’ Woman
‘Magnificent. It carries so much depth and warmness, and closeness to the characters that you do not want to part from them…a page-turner’ Best Historical Fiction Reviews