Falling for Prince Charles by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Giveaway

Falling for Prince Charles by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Giveaway

The second have read from Lauren Baratz-Logsted, I was curious to see just who (beside Camilla) could possibly find Charles’ ears remotely attractive.  And I did, and so much more.  Please read on for my review of this newly released title, check out the tour stops to see what others have to say about it and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of FIVE (5) Print Copies of FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES.  But first…

Falling for Prince Charles:

Daisy is your basic underachieving daydreaming woman who finds her work, with the exception of her boss, mostly stress free. Cleaning toilets for a living may be drudgery, but it’s her drudgery and allows her plenty of time to live in her own head.  One of her obsessions has been the Royal Family, an obsession that seemed to jump into high gear with the split between Charles and Diana.

With a fortuitous lottery ticket and a cashier that is far more connected into the world than one might expect, Daisy and Bonita head off to England where Daisy spends much of her time in the Reading Room at the British Library (with a surprising and well-placed telephone call by Bonita) absorbing new facts and waiting for the next big thing.  A rainstorm, an overeager employee of the Pakistani embassy and an invite-only party puts Daisy, wholly American and heedless of “how things are done” Daisy in the same room as Charles.  He bored to tears with the countless required engagements with all the same people, until spotting her.

From one moment to the next, the points of view from the characters is often funny and pointed, dancing with satire in the lead more often than not.  No one is left un-skewered in Daisy’s wake: from the Queen to the Queen Mother, Phillip, Anne, various civil servants and even Charles’ valet/bodyguard / equerry Sturgess. These are the thoughts YOU would have (if clever enough) if not raised TO a certain standard and position from childhood. Moments and utterances that range from ‘I can understand that point” to laugh out loud. This from the Queen:

Experiencing a rare reversal of opinion, the Queen had groaned inwardly. At least the Other One had ben tall enough for making fashion statements. This One looked to be only capable of fashion clauses, at best. 

Unexpected laughs, a character in Daisy that you can’t help but enjoy and the indomitable Bonita: mistress of everything imagined and not.  The story is fast-paced, packed with factoids and bits of ephemera about the Royals, all highlight the cultural differences between the expected behaviors of the proper Brits and the rather undisciplined and happier for it, Daisy.

Falling for Prince Charles by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Giveaway

Title: Falling for Prince Charles
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Published by: Diversion Publishing
ISBN: 1626817235
Published on: 9 February 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via Tour Company
Pages: 320
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 12 minutes
Rated: five-stars
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Lauren Baratz-Logsted has mastered the real life fairy tale in her explosive and hilarious Falling for Prince Charles. It's all here, lovelorn Daisy Silverman flush with cash and high hopes, Prince Charles who can't resist her, and London in all its splendor. Curl up and get ready to laugh long into the foggy night." Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE

Daisy Silverman has always been obsessed with His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. When the underachieving 30-something cleaning lady wins a million dollars, she follows her lifelong dream to go to London. Once there, she meets Prince Charles the real Prince Charles. Through a series of misunderstandings, the Royal Family doesn't realize that Daisy's Jewish or that she's spent her life up to the elbows in the wrong kind of toilet water. By the time they do, Daisy is in love with Charles, Charles is in love with Daisy, and the Queen's white gloves are off. FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES is an offbeat alternate-universe romantic comedy showing the heir to the British throne in a light quite unlike any he's been seen in before.

"Daisy's madcap adventure is more comedy than romance, and her most unusual and unlikely relationship with Prince Charles will appeal to reads looking for lots of giggles." -"Publishers Weekly"

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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As Daisy Silverman squatted in front of the toilet bowl, first depressing the flush lever and then watching as the milky outgoing spiral removed the mildew and replaced it with fresh water, the thought occurred to her for at least the thousandth time that if the fickle hand of fate hadn’t cast her as a cleaning lady, working in wealthy households and offices in Westport, Connecticut, she would most certainly have made a perfectly lovely Princess of Wales.

 

This was a fantasy that Daisy had entertained off and on since 1981, the same year that the late Princess Diana had first become Princess Diana. And to this day, eighteen years later, whenever she thought about it, Daisy still thought that she could have done the job better.

 

Oh, sure, Daisy had loved the late Princess, would have said that she loved her more than anybody. Well, actually even Daisy was aware enough not to say that; she did know that Diana’s family and friends had surely loved her more. But Daisy could legitimately claim to love her easily as much as anybody who had never met her, and that was plenty. So, if Daisy felt a little competitive with a dead Princess that she had loved beyond reason, what matter that? After all, there were some compelling reasons for making a comparison between the two women.

 

Just like the woman who had possessed the most photographed profile in the world, Daisy had a genius for making the kind of seemingly interested, throwaway comment that left others feeling a little cheerier about their own lot in life. Although even Daisy had felt that the Princess had been pushing things a bit, several years back, when she had blithely informed a widow on the dole with a flat full of small children: “Oh, yes, I just love those microwave pizzas too. Whenever the Heir and the Spare start to look a little peaked, I just nuke a couple of them in the Palace micro, and we’re all set to go skiing in Klosters or windsurfing on Necker.” Or, if those hadn’t been her exact words, it had been something equally inappropriate…

 

 

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About Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 25 books for adults, teens (including The Twin’s Daughter and Little Women and Me), and children (The Sisters 8, a nine-book series she created with her husband and daughter). Before becoming an author, Lauren was an independent bookseller, freelance editor, Publishers Weekly reviewer, sort-of librarian and window washer. She lives with her family in Danbury, CT. Visit her at www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com or follow her @LaurenBaratzL on Twitter.

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