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A heartwarming tale about a beagle and the Duchess who adopted him, this picture book is inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue dog, Guy. When he was a pup, Guy was just like any dog in the shelter; he liked to bark and follow his nose, and dreamed of a forever home above all things. But when Guy met Meghan, he had no idea he was about to star in his ow A heartwarming tale about a beagle and the Duchess who adopted him, this picture book is inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue dog, Guy. When he was a pup, Guy was just like any dog in the shelter; he liked to bark and follow his nose, and dreamed of a forever home above all things. But when Guy met Meghan, he had no idea he was about to star in his own Cinderella story. Guy can now be spotted escorting Queen Elizabeth and frolicking in Buckingham Palace. This rags-to-riches story of how one regal beagle got a second chance at life will charm and delight.


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A heartwarming tale about a beagle and the Duchess who adopted him, this picture book is inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue dog, Guy. When he was a pup, Guy was just like any dog in the shelter; he liked to bark and follow his nose, and dreamed of a forever home above all things. But when Guy met Meghan, he had no idea he was about to star in his ow A heartwarming tale about a beagle and the Duchess who adopted him, this picture book is inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue dog, Guy. When he was a pup, Guy was just like any dog in the shelter; he liked to bark and follow his nose, and dreamed of a forever home above all things. But when Guy met Meghan, he had no idea he was about to star in his own Cinderella story. Guy can now be spotted escorting Queen Elizabeth and frolicking in Buckingham Palace. This rags-to-riches story of how one regal beagle got a second chance at life will charm and delight.

30 review for The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    A good book about a good doggo.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Based upon the real-life story of Guy, a rescue beagle owned by the actress Meghan Markle, this picture-book from American author Nancy Furstinger and Spanish illustrator Julia Bereciartu imagines the process whereby the pooch makes himself at home with the British royal family, after Ms. Markle meets and eventually marries Prince Harry. Despite some initial mishaps, Guy eventually finds his place, much like his human, and all ends well... Although I can't deny that there are some winsome element Based upon the real-life story of Guy, a rescue beagle owned by the actress Meghan Markle, this picture-book from American author Nancy Furstinger and Spanish illustrator Julia Bereciartu imagines the process whereby the pooch makes himself at home with the British royal family, after Ms. Markle meets and eventually marries Prince Harry. Despite some initial mishaps, Guy eventually finds his place, much like his human, and all ends well... Although I can't deny that there are some winsome elements to The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story, and although I do appreciate its message about the importance of adopting animals from shelters - the decal on the back of the book indicates that the publisher has made a donation to the animal shelter where Guy was first housed - I wasn't that thrilled with the book. I find the public attention lavished on the royals, particularly here in the states... somewhat puzzling. That isn't to say I refuse to read any children's book to do with the current British royal family. I enjoyed Steve Antony's The Queen's Hat and The Queen's Handbag , which imagine Queen Elizabeth II zipping around London and the UK, respectively, and have even read one of the Duchess of York's picture-books, Ballerina Rosie , which I found pleasant (albeit unremarkable). But while I accept that this group of people has a traditional cultural significance for many Britons, I find the whole fuss made about them to be very much of a "celebrity culture" phenomenon. I maintain a "celebrity author" shelf for those children's books penned by people famous in other fields of endeavor, and I am generally not all that impressed by most such offerings. I think I will add this book to the shelf, despite the fact that the author herself is not a celebrity, as I feel it is very much being published in order to capitalize on the media attention surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I could be wrong, but I don't think this story was created in partnership with the eponymous duchess - I feel that this would have been advertised prominently on the book, if it were the case - so the story felt almost... exploitative. (Oh the irony - an antimonarchist defending the royals!) As mentioned, I'm not a fan of the royals, but if one is going to write about them, it might be a good idea to get basic facts right. The author appears to have gotten some major details of the royal family's life wrong, starting with the fact that the duke and duchess don't live with the queen at Buckingham Palace. It took me all of two seconds googling to determine that they live at Kensington Palace - couldn't the author here have done the same? I guess not, if the purpose is to emphasize the 'royal' connection. I don't really recommend it (as should be obvious), although I suspect determined fans of the royal family might find it appealing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tegan

    Adorable, adorable. I love Meghan and Guy. Yay for rescues! The illustrations were wonderful. I loved the inclusion of all the other pets, too.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shyla Colt

    This story was adorable! I read it to my kids and enjoyed it so much I had to get myself a copy. I loved the story of a dog who needed the home, and the journey they took to the palace and into the royal family. It had everyone in it, and told an excellent story about trying too hard to fit in and how being yourself is always the best way to go. Adorable and highly recommended!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lacy

    I picked up The Duchess and Guy for Meghan Markle but honestly, Guy was the real star! 🐶🌟 I also gotta say, this may be the first time I've cried over a Children's picture book and I immediately have to add it to my collection. 📚💙 I picked up The Duchess and Guy for Meghan Markle but honestly, Guy was the real star! 🐶🌟 I also gotta say, this may be the first time I've cried over a Children's picture book and I immediately have to add it to my collection. 📚💙

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Cute story about Guy, a rescue dog turned Royal. I love the information at the end of the book about pet adoption.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ms. B

    If you love all the things related to England's royal family and love dogs, this is the book for you. If you love all the things related to England's royal family and love dogs, this is the book for you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Cute book about a the rescue dog that the new royals have

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susanna

    This engaging book presents a child-friendly version of a real world event - Meghan Markle marrying Prince Harry and moving to Buckingham Palace with her adopted beagle, Guy. It's not easy for a little beagle to know how to behave among royalty! The story, told with humor and love, allows children to see that a real duchess chose to adopt her dog from a shelter, which will hopefully validate that option for them should they ever be considering getting a pet. In addition, this wonderful book show This engaging book presents a child-friendly version of a real world event - Meghan Markle marrying Prince Harry and moving to Buckingham Palace with her adopted beagle, Guy. It's not easy for a little beagle to know how to behave among royalty! The story, told with humor and love, allows children to see that a real duchess chose to adopt her dog from a shelter, which will hopefully validate that option for them should they ever be considering getting a pet. In addition, this wonderful book shows that everyone can sometimes feel that they have a little trouble fitting in and finding their place, especially in a new situation - a concept all of us can relate to, and one that really speaks to kids. Back matter about Guy including real photographs is appended. A portion of the proceeds are donated to rescue shelters. You won't want to miss this charming book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Freakin’ adorable. I love the adoption information included in the back.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sam Chamblin

    This book is adorable Declan picked it. The book is about Princess Meghan and her dog guy. The story tells of their adventures in England. Couldn’t be the proceeds going to help other dogs find forever homes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kayli

    The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story by Nancy Furstinger is such a light, wonderful read for children and adults alike. Honestly, how could I pass this book by? It has Prince Harry and a puppy!Early on we are introduced to Guy, our dashing and tail-wagging main character, who has always longed for a forever home as he sits the shelter. Just when he nearly loses hope he meets Megan (Markle), who is fun and has another doggy friend named Bogart. The three love being together a The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story by Nancy Furstinger is such a light, wonderful read for children and adults alike. Honestly, how could I pass this book by? It has Prince Harry and a puppy!Early on we are introduced to Guy, our dashing and tail-wagging main character, who has always longed for a forever home as he sits the shelter. Just when he nearly loses hope he meets Megan (Markle), who is fun and has another doggy friend named Bogart. The three love being together and do all sorts of fun things as a family. Then, Megan meets Harry...Prince Harry...and they fall in love. Guy approves, of course, but this means moving to Barkingham...Buckingham Palace! Once they move across the pond, the story follows Guy on his search to see where he fits in as his family grows and it is the sweetest journey ever. We meet lots of friends along the way including the royal children, the Queen and her corgis, of course! There is so much to love about this book. I easily fell in love the story and Guy the beagle. He is so sweet and I think his personality is so precious. He just wants to find where he fits and how he can be himself and I think that's a feeling everyone can relate to. Once Guy moves to England, he has struggles with being himself and staying out of trouble. As an American who is consistently in the United Kingdom I completely understand where Guy is coming from. The British tend to be a bit more reserved and its natural to feel like a bit too much. Something else I loved was how amazing and engaging the illustrations by Julia Bereciartu are. I'm apprehensive about sharing the message of the story, I consider that a spoiler to be honest, but I think its a powerful one for everyone to hear. There is also a page on adopting rescue animals which I think is a great message for kids, especially those who want a puppy or kitten. I gave The Duchess and Guy five out of five stars for its adorable story, fantastic pictures and overall message. I'd highly recommend to anyone, regardless of age, and who needs a feel-good read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Mossa

    Special thanks to author Nancy Furstinger for sharing a copy of The Duchess and Guy with Beagles and Books. It recently published in January 2019. It's pretty clear that I love dogs and books, but when the book is about a rescue beagle, it is even better. And the fact that the beagle was rescued by a future Duchess, well, it is the absolutely best! Although I know Guy has a happy ending, my heart still hurt when I read Furstinger's poignant first words and Julia Bereciartu's gorgeous yet forlourn Special thanks to author Nancy Furstinger for sharing a copy of The Duchess and Guy with Beagles and Books. It recently published in January 2019. It's pretty clear that I love dogs and books, but when the book is about a rescue beagle, it is even better. And the fact that the beagle was rescued by a future Duchess, well, it is the absolutely best! Although I know Guy has a happy ending, my heart still hurt when I read Furstinger's poignant first words and Julia Bereciartu's gorgeous yet forlourn illustration of Guy in the shelter. But when I turned the page, my heart leaped for joy when Guy was adopted by Meghan and finally got his furever home. The story focus shifts to Meghan's impending marriage to Prince Harry and how Guy wants to prove he is a regal beagle. Being among royalty is a bit overwhelming for Guy and despite his best intentions, his transition isn't as smooth as he envisioned. Meghan reminds Guy to be the happy go lucky dog he is. Whether you are two legged or four legged, adjustment to a new situation or surrounding can be challenging; I love that Furstinger emphasizes the way to capture hearts (even the Queen of England's) is to simply just be yourself. At the end of the book, Furstinger includes a factual account of Guy's rags to riches story. What especially warms my heart is information on dog adoptions which is a cause close near and dear to me. Like Guy, both Etta and Bella are rescues from the south and were sponsored and saved by Penny Angels Beagle Rescue in New Jersey.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn (Nine Pages)

    Review first published on my blog, Nine Pages . There really are so many reasons to celebrate this marriage—and I do truly hope that it is a loving and fulfilling and lasting marriage for the two of them. I’m not immune to the excitement around this union that is shaking up the highest echelons of British monarchy. But this book focuses on the union from the point of view of Guy, the rescue beagle adopted by Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor, née Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, while she was living in Review first published on my blog, Nine Pages . There really are so many reasons to celebrate this marriage—and I do truly hope that it is a loving and fulfilling and lasting marriage for the two of them. I’m not immune to the excitement around this union that is shaking up the highest echelons of British monarchy. But this book focuses on the union from the point of view of Guy, the rescue beagle adopted by Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor, née Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, while she was living in the United States and is to told from Guy’s POV. Guy loves Meghan, but he isn’t fitting too well into the refined life of the family that she is planning to marry into—not with the children, not with the queen’s dogs, and certainly not with the queen. But on the wedding day, Guy catches the queen missing one of her own dogs and comforts her, earning him her acceptance at last and a spot in her limousine as they head off to the chapel to witness Meghan and Harry’s wedding. It’s a cute story about struggling to fit in, and I think its message could speak especially to kids joining new families or new social groups. Mostly though I think its appeal is in being based on a true rags-to-riches, Cinderella fairy tale, for both the duchess and her dog.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shaye Miller

    I was so excited to win this book from the giveaway offered at Laura Mossa’s Beagles and Books literacy blog. This is the precious story about a beagle named Guy and his adoption by Meghan Markle. We witness Guy’s transformation as he moves to Buckingham Palace and meets Queen Elizabeth. But all of this is possible only because he was given a second chance at life through a dog rescue. In the back matter, we learn that Guy was moved to several locations and that he was even diagnosed with heart I was so excited to win this book from the giveaway offered at Laura Mossa’s Beagles and Books literacy blog. This is the precious story about a beagle named Guy and his adoption by Meghan Markle. We witness Guy’s transformation as he moves to Buckingham Palace and meets Queen Elizabeth. But all of this is possible only because he was given a second chance at life through a dog rescue. In the back matter, we learn that Guy was moved to several locations and that he was even diagnosed with heart worms and had to undergo treatment before being ready for adoption. This is a true doggie rags-to-riches story that children will love to read. The sweet illustrations were done in gouache and colored pencils. For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Spotted in Costco catalog and read since there were no reviews. Very cute illustrations by Julia Bereciartu. Meghan Markle adopts a beagle, Guy, and when she moves to England to be with Prince Harry, Guy goes along and must adjust to palace life. The plot lost me in a couple spots (is the main point finding his place in a new life? I think so). If you, too, trip on the word "dorgis," let me save you that Google and note that this is not a misspelling (as I first thought, lol) but a dachshund/cor Spotted in Costco catalog and read since there were no reviews. Very cute illustrations by Julia Bereciartu. Meghan Markle adopts a beagle, Guy, and when she moves to England to be with Prince Harry, Guy goes along and must adjust to palace life. The plot lost me in a couple spots (is the main point finding his place in a new life? I think so). If you, too, trip on the word "dorgis," let me save you that Google and note that this is not a misspelling (as I first thought, lol) but a dachshund/corgi mix -- the Queen's dogs were dorgis. Includes backmatter about Guy's true story and about adopting a rescue dog. Give to fans of royals and/or adopted dogs.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Salas

    A true story with a beagle hero? Yes, please! While I generally couldn't care less about royal family doings, I adored this story of Guy, Meghan Markle's rescue beagle who ended up as canine royalty in England. Guy's enthusiasm and insecurity reminded me so much of Captain Jack Sparrow (Jackie), our rescue beagle who stole our hearts. In fact, the expression that illustrator Julia Bereciartu gave Guy in the opening spread is like a flashback to when we first saw Jackie at the Humane Society. The A true story with a beagle hero? Yes, please! While I generally couldn't care less about royal family doings, I adored this story of Guy, Meghan Markle's rescue beagle who ended up as canine royalty in England. Guy's enthusiasm and insecurity reminded me so much of Captain Jack Sparrow (Jackie), our rescue beagle who stole our hearts. In fact, the expression that illustrator Julia Bereciartu gave Guy in the opening spread is like a flashback to when we first saw Jackie at the Humane Society. The deeper themes of finding a family and fitting in where life takes you makes this more than a single-dog story, and lovely backmatter gives more info on both Guy and pet adoption. Lovely.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Childrens picture book. This book tells the story of Guy, a shelter dog who was adopted by Meghan Markle and made the move to England with her when she married Prince Harry. It is a rags to riches tale with the focus on the dog. I agree with another reviewer that this book would have been better if somehow Meghan Markle was consulted, or if actual photos of Guy at the royal palace were able to be included. Cute enough, but there are other stories that do more justice to the adopt-a-pet cause.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alida

    Ok, I used to think that a monarchy and the royals were relics from the past. Then the 2016 elections happened and I've recently re-evaluated the institution. Also, I'm just gonna have to admit that I like Meghan (there, I've said it). Now, a book about a rescue, who is a dog, who has a brother called Bogart and whose publisher donated proceeds to a COUNTY shelter? This is a 99.9999999% PERFECT book. Thank you very much Ms. Nancy. Ok, I used to think that a monarchy and the royals were relics from the past. Then the 2016 elections happened and I've recently re-evaluated the institution. Also, I'm just gonna have to admit that I like Meghan (there, I've said it). Now, a book about a rescue, who is a dog, who has a brother called Bogart and whose publisher donated proceeds to a COUNTY shelter? This is a 99.9999999% PERFECT book. Thank you very much Ms. Nancy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mahin

    This picture book is about the rescue dog adopted by Meghan Markle. The illustration is top notch and it was delightful to see the Queen, George, Charlotte, and the other royals depicted in this book. The proceeds of this book go to supporting animal rescue charities, so I’d recommend buying it for a Meghan fan you know.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tammy McIntyre

    While the true story behind this book is lovely, it lacked an actual story, which is what we were hoping for in this children’s book. The illustrations were sweet and I did like the photographs at the end of the pup.

  22. 4 out of 5

    M.L.D.

    A little weird to read this, since it ends on a positive wish: that Guy the Dog and Megan the Duchess will fit in their new home and be happy there. Of course, they're now both in Canada, having discovered that trying to fit in is quite painful. A little weird to read this, since it ends on a positive wish: that Guy the Dog and Megan the Duchess will fit in their new home and be happy there. Of course, they're now both in Canada, having discovered that trying to fit in is quite painful.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Syntha Green

    A sweet story of pet adoption

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stasia

    Aww. And how awesome that there is now a 'royal' beagle!!! Aww. And how awesome that there is now a 'royal' beagle!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    A charming book that imagines how Guy found his place in the royal family.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A delightful story based on Meghan Markle and her rescue Beagle Guy. Cute illustrations depicting Guy's move to England and the royal palace. Recommended. A delightful story based on Meghan Markle and her rescue Beagle Guy. Cute illustrations depicting Guy's move to England and the royal palace. Recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    MaryLibrarianOH

    Very cutesy story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Valencia

    This was a very cute story and the illustrations were adorable. I really enjoyed it and I am sure others will like it with all the sweet storyline.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karol

    Fun Royal read about adopting a dog and a forever home.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I'm not crying, you're crying. This book is beautiful. I love "learning" about Megan's royal pup. I'm not crying, you're crying. This book is beautiful. I love "learning" about Megan's royal pup.

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