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The UnTied Kingdom

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The portal to an alternate world was the start of all her troubles – or was it?

When Eve Carpenter lands with a splash in the Thames, it’s not the London or England she’s used to. No one has a telephone or knows what a computer is. England’s a third world country and Princess Di is still alive. But worst of all, everyone thinks Eve’s a spy.

Including Major Harker who has his...more
Paperback, 403 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Choc Lit (first published March 31st 2011)
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Olga Godim
Unexpectedly, I enjoyed this book. It could be billed as a time travel romance or a dystopian romance. Neither is my favorite genre, but the book engaged me on the visceral level. It held me under its spell and sent my nerves tingling, as I followed the heroine’s harrowing adventures.
Although the novel has many flaws, including mediocre language, interchangeable secondary characters, inadequate world building, and lapses in logic, the story was superb, filled with risks, betrayals, friendships,...more
Cora Linn
5 Words: Unexpected, alternate dimensions, awesome, couldn't-stop-reading.

This is not a dystopian novel, so I don't know why so many people have shelved it as such and then complained about it not being a dystopia. It's a light sci-fi about alternate realities and how some things would have come to pass anyway even without the rich history of the UK to propel it.

This was a great book and I enjoyed every second of reading it. I saved it for rainy days because it was just that type of book, the on...more
This author has got imagination, but I liked her other romantic fantasy, Impossible Things, much better. To me, The UnTied Kingdom is bizarre, despite the cool title. The plot is a mess. World-building is incongruous, illogical, and full of holes. Eve falls into a parallel universe, a different England, with Beethoven but not Shakespeare. No trains, no TVs, very few phones, but somehow they get access to the Internet, and make email work?? Villains are caricatures (a problem with Impossible Thin...more
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Marguerite Kaye
I don't think I'd have bought this if it hadn't been recommended, dystopian stories aren't really my kind of thing, but this one really worked. I loved the idea of an alternative or parallel world where Britain was totally different because it lacked an Empire. From this premise, history is completely subverted, the French rule the world, wars didn't happen or their outcomes are different, and more interestingly, how the British (in this case, the English, since the other parts of the UK exist i...more
Eve is a washed up pop star now having to resort to humiliating reality TV shows in order to make some money. Even that isn't as bad as falling through a hole in the world and ending up in a parallel universe, though. The England she finds herself in, is in the middle of a civil war and unfortunately they think she's either a spy or insane.

This is a brilliantly fun, imaginative book with great characters. It balances all its elements really well and completely clicked for me. The humour is irrev...more
Lindsey Brooks
An interesting and entertaining story, written by an author with obvious talent and imagination. Though the world she has created is not the most uplifting of places (in fact, it was pretty depressing at times, but that was necessary to the story), the book contains its fair share of humour and the central characters are engaging and multi-dimensional. I would have liked to have learned more about how the alternate world had become what it was and how Britain got left on the sidelines, but the s...more
Christopher Everest
Brilliant. Loved it. Want more of Eve Carpenter ! Why not send her and Harker back ? perhaps in response to a plea by Saskia ? Perhaps a conspiracy or perhaps the French have conquered England and they need a leader. I can't be the first to suggest this Kate !
This book was such a cute story I just can't stop smiling. It took a couple of chapters for me to really get into it; but once I did, I couldn't put the book down. I loved Eve. She is witty, strong, and feisty. She doesn't back down and made such a great complement for Harker. I really enjoyed the banter, and fighting, that went on between the two of them. Harker was a typical military man who has never had anyone, let a lone a small woman, challenge him in any way (thought, order or feeling).
I'd seen this book reviewed and liked the concept, I love the idea of time travel. So when I saw it on kindle for only 99p I snapped it up.

It's from the folks at Choc-lit so I was expecting romance - what I got was super romance I think this is about one of THE most romantic love stories I've ever read.

It begins when Eve, a has been celebrity, ex member of a girl band is taking part in a show something like "I'm a celebrity get me out of here" and has to paraglide above the River Thames, but the...more
Amazing! This book has been nominated for Contemporary Novel of the Year by the Romantic Novelist's Association for 2012. I can completely understand why after reading it. It definitely stands apart from its competitors, especially in regards to the plot.

And this book is fascinating. It's gripping and enthralling. I could not stop reading it until I finished it because I was so eager to find out what was happening next. Without giving too much away, Eve Carpenter, is a celebrity has been, who's...more
Harry Rutherford
A romance novel about a woman who accidentally falls through a portal into a parallel reality where the UK is a poverty-ridden backwater in the middle of a civil war and France is the sole global superpower. Which for 72p seemed worth a punt.

Not entirely surprisingly, perhaps, it couldn't quite live up to the high concept; creating a convincing alternative history is an ambitious thing to try and it just doesn't work on various levels. The history she has come up with doesn't seem to make sense,...more
A light chick-lit novel with an intriguing premise. When it ended I wanted to know what happened next. - always a good sign.

The plot advances swiftly our heroine is parachuted into an alternate London by the end of the first chapter and then the story begins. I don't want give away the plot except to say that I was interested in each of the minor characters and would welcome reading books that told their stories.
Robyn Koshel
I am a huge fan of time travel and dystopian fiction. This one of a kind novel combined both genres into a very exciting story. Kate Johnson has rivaled Harry Turtledove -Alternative history legend.

When Eve first arrives in an alternative London, she thinks she is on an episode of MTV’s “Punked”. The local army militia thinks she is a spy and quickly put her under arrest. That is when she meet Harker, the officer in command.

Harker does spend most of the early part of the book saying “The what?”...more
Tara-Jayne (♥ I Read, I Love ♥)  Bell
I loved this so much, the romance was a slow burning romance, the storyline was different and really interesting. Everything about this book was amazing :)

Thank you Rea my friend who sent this as a gift on Amazon :) LUV YOU!

Please everyone read this Book
Nikki Moore
I loved this book.The idea was original and well executed and there was fantastic characterisation. I fell in love with Harker, he was gorgeous.
Angie Cavenor
Really enjoyed this book, interesting story, well written and engaging characters!
Blodeuedd Finland
My Thoughts:

I do enjoy a good alternative world kind of book. It's so fun to see what change if that or this happened or didn't happen. And it this book is was downhill all the way for England.

England was still a Catholic country, and had never built a large empire. Instead this glory had gone to France. There had been no WWI but there had been a "WWII" and sadly England had chosen the wrong side there. But there are more changes, no one discovered America, and poor old England is a third world...more
Wendy Hines
Major Harker is going through a divorce. Bad enough that his ex-wife is ranked higher than him, but she has also assigned her younger sister to his command. He knows he will spend much time watching her, and it aggravates him to no end. Then Eve appears out of nowhere.

Eve owes a lot of back taxes, and her reputation isn't doing her any favors. She's currently trying to make ends meet by doing dumb things to raise ratings for a show she is working on. When she falls through a hole from a parachu...more
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
Eve is a has-been celebrity who was in a girl band, now starring in a reality television show, when she falls through a hole or portal in the world, and when she comes to, she finds herself in an England very different from the one she left behind. Here, the country is under military control and is at war with Coalitionist fighters. Everyday things are no longer available – telephones are scarce and only owned by the very rich, hardly anything is known about computers, and even more frighteningl...more
Samantha Janning
Eve Carpenter has a tarnished reputation in the public eye, a mother that ran off with all her money, debts to the tax man the she could never pay, and is working a dead end job. She didn’t think things could get much worse- until she falls through a hole that leads her into a parallel universe- where England is definitely not the England she knows. Practically no landline telephones- forget cell phones. No one knows what a computer is. Princess Diana is still alive. Eve doesn’t know what happen...more
Shaz Goodwin
There is everything you could possibly need in escaping real life in this story of love between Eve and Harker. There is, of course, the romance …… but there is also the creation of a parallel world – how intriguing that Eve jumps through to a different world! but not so different that the reader doesn’t have any recognition of that world.
The story takes us through Eve’s initial confusion and carries us along to acceptance and even to finding a part of herself again. Eve is a character that deve...more
Lucie Wheeler
I love, love, love, love, loved this book! If I could give it more stars, I would.

An absolutely fantastic read from the very first words. Basic story outline; Eve carpenter is an ex-popstar, and after taking part in a paragliding stunt for a TV show, she falls into the river Thames and subsequently finds herself in a parallel world. She is still in England, but England is a third world country. They are in the middle of a civil war (and losing, badly) and they have to ration food, tobacco, clot...more
This is the first paranormal romance book I have read and I was dubious at the start, but persevered and I'm glad I did.

Eve paraglided off course and landed in the River Thames in London. She was rescued by a man called Harker. It was only after a short while she realised that the London she had crash landed it, was nothing like the London that she left. Things don't ring true and she can't quite work out how she has fallen into a parallel world. One that is under a military rule. Parts of hist...more
Mina Singh
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What a good book this is! A fun, easy read built around the inventive story of Eve, who drops through a hole in the sky and ends up in a very different version of modern England.
This is more a plot-driven book than a character-driven one, they don’t spend a lot of time in anguish and deep thoughts. Eve and Harker don’t go on a ‘journey’ while they wrestle with yes or no. But the plot gallops along, throwing up one obstacle after another.
Eve went up in my estimation with her behavior when the Coa...more
Gerry Bartlett
I got this book free at the RT conference. It's from a British company and I enjoyed the change of pace of reading the work of a British author. It's the story of what happens when two parallel universes collide--today's London and a London in complete turmoil. I loved the author's take on what would have happened if Great Britain had never attained greatness. It's a completely different world in the other universe. Washed up popstar Eve lands in this other London and is rescued by Major Harker....more

Eve is parachuting over the Thames when she plunges into the deep water. She is rescued by the dashing hero Harker. This story is not all it seems. Eve does not realise that this is not the London she knows.
The people around her are suspicious of her.
The handsome Harker is given the task of keeping an eye on her and using her knowledge as a 'spy' to intercept a computer.

This was my first paranormal romance and I must say I did enjoy it. I was curious to see what the attraction of paranormal fic...more
This was a challenging is read rather than chocolate for the brain. A piece of dystopian fiction. A romance that actually made the reader exercise brain cells.

Some of the things it seemed to be saying were thought provoking. Like if England hadn't had the Reformation it would have been an underdeveloped country. Not everyone would like to hear that. But one of the things I love about writers is that they can boldly go where others don't. Kate Johnson has certainly produced a fine piece of work w...more
Penelope Irving
I did sort of enjoy this book, but I had reservations about it, and was frequently irritated by it, and it wasn't really what I was expecting.

Spoilers ahead.

I like and read chick lit, I like and read sci-fi/fantasy. In particular, I love alternate timeline/history scenarios, so the premise of this book - that the heroine falls through a hole in the world and ends up in an alternate Britain - definitely appealed to me. What I don't read and don't like are pure romance novels, and before too long...more
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