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The UnTied Kingdom

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  569 ratings  ·  97 reviews
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
Paperback, 403 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Choc Lit (first published March 31st 2011)
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Olga Godim
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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,
Cora Tea Party Princess
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and the twist on a parallel world!
Marguerite Kaye
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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).
Lindsey Brooks
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ! ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
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
Moon Love
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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,
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
On my TBR pile (artificially placed right near the top)!

Oh I loved this. I've never really read much alternate-history stuff, but I loved the whole 'alternate London' with the view of how it would be if Britain was a downtrodden, ally-less island, embargoed and blockaded to the hilt. Heroine Eve was a nice mixture of feisty and confused, Will Harker was a great hero, and all the other characters rang so true that I was desperately sad when some of them didn't make it. And it made me wonder what
Susan Roebuck
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Everyone in the UK should read this book. Set in a parallel universe where the UK is not the power it is today, but considered to be a Third World country.
Eve unwittingly finds a portal from our world into this one where Shakespeare never existed and London only has one bridge. She's either a spy or demented, Major Harker decides, before they embark on a mission to find a computer--something none of his troops understand nor know what it looks like.
The book is hilarious, disturbing and entertain
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
Jessica Conkey
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect blend

Perfect blend

The UnIted Kingdom is the perfect blend of a science fiction, a romance, and a war/adventure story. I really enjoyed the characters and the story that unfolded around them.
Nikki Moore
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book, interesting story, well written and engaging characters!
3.5 stars

I bought "UnTied Kingdom" because I loved "Impossible Things" by Kate Johnson SOOOO much, it's one of my favourite books! This novel is quite different but sadly not nearly as good. The characters didn't show as much development and lacked depth. Additionally the story was too predictable and not exactly my type of romance, because I didn't see their connection or any real chemistry between them. They felt lust/attraction but didn't knew each other before they fell in love. Which wasn't
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: female-author
A romance novel unlike (m)any others. An intriguing premise of alternative universes that's well and realistically handled. The relationship between Eve and Will burns slowly, and is replete with romantic tropes that give me the warm tinglies (interrupted near-kisses! bed sharing!). It's true that Harker is a little shouty and bad at communication, and I wouldn't date him if he was a real person. But Eve likes him, and is a good match.
Eve handles being dropped through the looking glass with mig
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is an alternate history romance novel, and I thought the premise was better than the execution. Eve Carpenter is somehow transported from (presumably) our timeline to a world where England is in the middle of a civil war, France is the dominant country, and aiding the rebels, and the Army has been conscripting women because too many men have been killed in the civil war. Eve's sudden appearance in a parasail over war-torn London causes her to be arrested as a possible spy for the rebels. So ...more
Rebekah Gonzalez
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Well I didn't love it as much as I thought I would, but it was still an enjoyable read. The narrator was easy to listen to, and the story for the most part had a lot of action. This book was surprisingly light on romance for a romance novel. It was clear from the beginning who the fated pair would be, but the romance really doesn't blossom until well into the last half of the book.

I am always a little leary of "time travel" books because I find the concept to be so confusing and overdone. I woul
Oct 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Chick lit masquerading as an alternative history. I gave up reading it about a third of the way through. England as a third world nation in the 21st century I can accept as a premise. Even a civil war over joining what might be seen as a variation on the EU. However third world doesn't mean living completely in the dark ages. Even third world countries have paved roads, telephones, televisions, airports and computers with access to the web. I can take bunkum but not bad, badly written bunkum lik ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So beautifully penned down.
Eve and Major Harker's entire journey was so absolutely breathtaking. I absolutely loved the journey and the emotions this book gave to me.
The story gave me an actual chance to understand the characters, their lives and their feelings. Neither was it too rushed nor was it too slow. There was a certain anxiousness to genuinely read the next scene and know what was going to happen in their lives.
Alice Estrela
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
A great view on a dystopic British Empire sans the empire part. Main characters have a good flow and are quite believable. The only problem is that the narrative goes too fast and, as a reader I would like to know much more details of how this alternate world came to be. I'm guessing a little more curiosity from the one that falls in an alternate universe would be expected... ...more
K. Counihan
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Addictive Alternate Earth Story

Picked this amazing story up, started reading, before I realized it I read the whole book. This story has everything.
A well written, action, adventure, love story, with a realistic, fully engaging, alternative world.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Finally I’ve finished this book. I found some problems reading it...I really enjoyed the concept but I didn’t feel connected to the characters in the book. Something was missing in some parts. Fast read though.
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really fun book, loved "Eva,sassy and hilarious personality. ...more
Mirana Burrell
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was much interesting. At first, I didn’t expect much from it, judging by the generic cover, i thought it will be another parallel world come to a mix of contemporary and thriller. But later I kind of got used to with the characters. Enough that I kept going with it for a while.
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Kate Johnson lives in rural Essex where she belongs to a pride of cats and puts up with a demon puppy. She did actually do most of her homework, but quickly so as to have more time to stare out of the window thinking about heroes. Stay in school, kids. Kate has done a variety of not-particularly great jobs, ranging from airport check-in to lab assistant, but much prefers writing for a living. For ...more

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