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The Royal Nanny

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,911 ratings  ·  456 reviews
Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain’s royal family—a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes.

April, 1897: A young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. She is excited, exhausted—and about to meet royalty. . . .

So begins
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 7th 2016)
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May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a treat! I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the lives of the British Royal family through the eyes of such a wonderful character... Lala. I loved her and am thankful that these children were blessed with such a wonderful caretaker. Everyone, especially Royal watchers, should put this novel at the top of to-read lists... 5 stars.
Diane S ☔
3.5 A young nanny arrives to be under nurse to the young princes, Bertie, and David. Her name is Charlotte and will soon answer to the name, LaLa a nickname given to her by the young Bertie. Witnessing an act of cruelty she is soon made head nursemaid and will give up her life to care for this young royal family. A family that will add, Mary, George, Harry and John.

This really happened, although of course the conversations, the dialogue is not known. A good hard look at these young lives, the
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I requested a review copy of Karen Harper’s The Royal Nanny with half-hearted curiosity. I had a vague historic interest in George V and his family, but I can’t say I was chomping at the bit to experience a fictional account of Prince John and his beloved nurse, Charlotte Bill. In retrospect, this lack of enthusiasm is rather embarrassing as it represents a severe understatement of both author and subject matter, but it is
Based upon real people and events of the time, the novel centers around the Royal children of the Duke and Duchess of York. Charlotte Bill, affectionately known by the children as "Lala", is hired to be an assistant nursemaid. When it is discovered that the boy's are being abused by the current nursemaid, she is quickly elevated to the head position. Her first charges were David and Bertie, who grow up to be King Edward VIII and King George the VI, who became king after King Edward VIII ...more
For those of you who have seen the King's Speech, you know the historical figures of Bertie (George VI), his older brother David, and their parents, King George V and Queen Mary. For those paying close attention, you may remember Lionel Logue asking about Bertie's youngest brother, Johnnie, who died at a young age. This novel ostensibly gives a closer look at Johnnie's life through the eyes of his nanny, Charlotte Bill, or "Mrs. Lala."

It was....ok. Certainly most of the people in this book,
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish the author hadn't felt compelled to invent the love interest. The book dragged a bit but I did find the nanny/child relationship as well as the nanny/family (parents and grandparents) to be really interesting. I think I'd have preferred to have read a book that looked at that more closely. If there wasn't sufficient material on Charlotte Bill, then comparing the royal household against other upper class/aristocratic households might have been a way to go. As it was, the material really ...more
Saturday's Child
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I almost gave this 4 stars however I found that the romance side of the plot annoyed me, other than that I found it entertaining and worth a read.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I read The Royal Nanny after I started to watch Netflix tv-series The Crown. I also, years ago, watch The Lost Prince about Prince John and now I want to rewatch it after reading this book. This book was really fantastic and I'm glad that I took the time to read it.

One thing that really struck me about this book was what a fantastic life Charlotte Bill had. Sure, not an easy life, with sacrifices and lot of sadness. But, she lived through a time of changes, world wars, kings, and queens, and
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Historical fiction can be amazing, plodding, or middle of the road. This one falls into the middle of the road section. It told the story of the Royal Nanny to the children of George V, one of whom would go on to abdicate the throne, and another of whom would become the reluctant George VI.

While the story starts out with these two eldest children, the main focus was on the younger children, especially the youngest son who had some serious health problems from birth. The story is told as if the
LaLa is not her real name but when she comes to be nanny to the royal children in 1897, that is what they call her. Princess May doesn't like being pregnant and is not a good mother. The royal custom of seeing her children for half an hour each day is usually about fifteen minutes as the Prince Of Wales has a short fuse. It is Lala who discover that the heir (David) is being abused by the head nanny, a woman who when sent away soon descends into madness. David and his brothers are all sent away ...more
Amanda McGill
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I didn’t plan it this way, but I picked the perfect week to read The Royal Nanny since there is a new royal baby! I’m not a huge fan of the Royals, but I really enjoy learning about the history since I know very little! Honestly, the furthest back of the Royals that I knew previously was about King George VI and that’s because of the Netflix show, the Crown!

The Royal Nanny is about a young woman, Charlotte, who in 1897 begins looking after Queen
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Charlotte "Lala" Bill arrives at Sandringham eager to begin as an assistant to the royals' head nurse. But when she witnesses the young boys' abuse at the hands of this nurse, she takes matters into her own hands, and forever shapes the landscape of royal nurses and nannies. As she raises each of the children, wondering what she'll do when the youngest will age out of the nursery and enter the schoolroom, one last royal is born: Prince Johnny, a misunderstood soul and young boy with epilepsy. ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably more like 3.5. Loved the historical aspects of the book related to the British monarchy but got a little annoyed with the main character and her love interest.
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are one of the many people who love seeing photos of the young Prince George and Princess Charlotte on your Facebook page or when you see William and Kate and their beautiful children on the cover of People magazine must buy it, then Karen Harper's new novel, The Royal Nanny, is for you.

Harper based her historical novel on the true story of Charlotte Bill, the royal nanny to the children of the Duke and Duchess of York, who eventually became King George V and Queen Mary, grandparents to
Connie Fischer
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
London - 1897

Miss Charlotte Bill, age 22, has just been hired to be under nurse to the royal family at York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate. She is to care for David and Bertie, the two sons of the Duke and Duchess of York. The head nurse is Mrs. Mary Peters. The boys are taken by their nurse to visit with their parents each day at 4:00 PM, when their parents are in residence. David cries a lot when he sees his parents which ends up with them sending him away with his nurse. Bertie is very
I really enjoyed this book, I know I had heard of Lala before, I believe it was in The Kings Speech so it was neat to see this family from her perspective.
Of course we all know who David and Bertie are but there were a few royals I knew nothing about not only Prince John or Johnnie as he was known but I also knew very little about Queen Alexandra and King Edward so this was a very interesting glimpse into their lives and the lives of their family.

Charlotte Bill or Lala as the boys dubbed her
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating insights into the lives of the children of the "royals" and the strong bond with their nanny's and other hired help. Service to the royals meant giving up one's own life and aspirations especially to "Lala". Touching, moving, surprising and most interesting read.
Historical fiction featuring British royals and a peek into child-rearing practices: This book had so many things recommending it to me. (Also, it was available free on Kindle Prime.) And I did enjoy it. It provided some interesting historical insights into the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. (Did I ever know that King George V of England, Tsar Nickolas II of Russia, and Kaiser Willhelm of Germany were all cousins?) Thinking through the growth and maturing of these particular royal children ...more
This novel filled in a time period in British history about which I previously knew very little. After Victoria and before King David's abdication to marry "that woman" as the Royal Family thereafter referred to Wallis Simpson, is an era with which I've had limited dealings. The title refers to the nanny to both "David," who became King Edward who abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, as well as his successor, the future King George, Elizabeth II's father. I was surprised to learn they had both a ...more
This book, although marked as historical fiction, is based on a true story.

The book begins in the late 1890's, when a young woman, Charlotte Bill, is traveling to the home of royalty where she will be an aide to the current nanny. On the way, the driver the royals sent to greet her at the train station tells her of the good life at the estate. However, when she tells him she is to be working under the present nanny, his face clouds over for a moment - a harbinger of things to come.

Although the
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superior historical fiction. I am a dyed in the wool Anglophile and this story was new to me. It covers the royal nanny in charge of six children in the royal family. It begins in 1897 when Charlotte Bill arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. Her charges dub her LaLa . Eldest sons David and Bertie would each one day be king. One child touches her soul, Prince John, known as the Lost Prince. The book is a fascinating portrait of the life of royal children and ...more
Holly Sands-coleman
If you’re a royal family fanatic, like I am, this very fiction novel is rather cute. It follows Mrs. Lala through her years as Prince George V children’s headnurse. For those that need a refresher, his children are Queen Elizabeth’s father, uncles and aunt.

I say very fiction as there is no supporting info about the dialogues although there is history to support the timeline and of course the people involved. I loved that it gave a insight to that side of the royal family that wasn’t just about
Ericka Lanier
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First book I've read of Karen Harper. I tend to enjoy historical fiction, especially when great liberties are NOT taken. I am a childcare provider, of eleven years, so I have a different view than some of the inner workings of raising children. The respect I have for women in this type of role is incredible; to raise children as your own, only to know they are never yours. This book spoke to my heart for so many reasons. It was EXACTLY what I needed right now; many selfless acts by one ...more
It was a little slow at times, but sweet and a little sad. The main story was of Charlotte Bill and her royal charges, most beloved was the youngest, Johnny, who suffered from epilepsy and developmental delays.

There is a very mild love interest which tries hard to be star-crossed lovers, but feels more like something her editor told her she needed to add in because the nanny story wasn’t enough to make a book. The whole book is so formal, yet the nanny is making out with a married man and
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! It was a quick, easy read but then I ended up doing additional reading on the real life nanny, Charlotte Bill. Though some of the story is fictionalized, it is based on real people and true scenarios. An interesting look into the life of the royal family; I will miss reading about them!
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I just recently read an article about Johnnie and before that I didn’t even know he existed. Interestingly enough, I had already selected this book from Amazon without realizing it was partially about him. The book was well thought out and a fascinating read.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading about the royal nanny and the young royals in her care. I kept stopping to look up the history of the family and the people that were mentioned. Would love to read more like this. I never knew so many of these royal families were related.
Lynda Brown
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading about English history. This was part of history I didn't know much about. Was interesting hearing about inside the royal family. Good book
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was fascinating reading about the early lives of the royal children. Very interesting that it is faction and characters like Mrs Lala did exist. I never knew about Prince John either.
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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her ...more