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"Engrossing. Fans of The Crown will devour this."--Publishers Weekly The revealing story of Queen Elizabeth II's beloved governess, Marion Crawford, who spent more than sixteen years of her life in loyal service to the royal family and was later shunned by those she has loved and served. Marion Crawford can remember each of the wonderful years when she was governess to the "Engrossing. Fans of The Crown will devour this."--Publishers Weekly The revealing story of Queen Elizabeth II's beloved governess, Marion Crawford, who spent more than sixteen years of her life in loyal service to the royal family and was later shunned by those she has loved and served. Marion Crawford can remember each of the wonderful years when she was governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose: included in their lives, confided in, needed, trusted, and loved. These memories will never dim, ever. In Marion's mind, she will always be their Crawfie. But things become increasingly complicated as the young royals navigate adulthood. It is May 1945 and Princess Elizabeth--the heiress presumptive to the British throne--has fallen in love, and the only member of her family who is happy for her is her governess. No one in the young princess's life thinks that Prince Philip of Greece would be a suitable husband for the future Queen of England. No one that is, except for Marion Crawford. Crawfie wholeheartedly supports Elizabeth in her determination to marry Philip. She too has fallen in love--and has convinced her fianc�, George, that they must wait for Elizabeth and Philip to receive the King's blessing before she can leave her service to the Crown. Over the next two years Crawfie is caught between loyalty to Princess Elizabeth; running the risk of alienating her royal employer, Queen Elizabeth; and losing the man she loves. But as Crawfie prevails to marry George and stands with him in Westminster Abbey on Elizabeth and Philip's wedding day, she is unaware that her troubled relationship with Queen Elizabeth is far from over. And just around the corner is a betrayal that will sever her bond with the royal family forever.


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"Engrossing. Fans of The Crown will devour this."--Publishers Weekly The revealing story of Queen Elizabeth II's beloved governess, Marion Crawford, who spent more than sixteen years of her life in loyal service to the royal family and was later shunned by those she has loved and served. Marion Crawford can remember each of the wonderful years when she was governess to the "Engrossing. Fans of The Crown will devour this."--Publishers Weekly The revealing story of Queen Elizabeth II's beloved governess, Marion Crawford, who spent more than sixteen years of her life in loyal service to the royal family and was later shunned by those she has loved and served. Marion Crawford can remember each of the wonderful years when she was governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose: included in their lives, confided in, needed, trusted, and loved. These memories will never dim, ever. In Marion's mind, she will always be their Crawfie. But things become increasingly complicated as the young royals navigate adulthood. It is May 1945 and Princess Elizabeth--the heiress presumptive to the British throne--has fallen in love, and the only member of her family who is happy for her is her governess. No one in the young princess's life thinks that Prince Philip of Greece would be a suitable husband for the future Queen of England. No one that is, except for Marion Crawford. Crawfie wholeheartedly supports Elizabeth in her determination to marry Philip. She too has fallen in love--and has convinced her fianc�, George, that they must wait for Elizabeth and Philip to receive the King's blessing before she can leave her service to the Crown. Over the next two years Crawfie is caught between loyalty to Princess Elizabeth; running the risk of alienating her royal employer, Queen Elizabeth; and losing the man she loves. But as Crawfie prevails to marry George and stands with him in Westminster Abbey on Elizabeth and Philip's wedding day, she is unaware that her troubled relationship with Queen Elizabeth is far from over. And just around the corner is a betrayal that will sever her bond with the royal family forever.

30 review for In Royal Service to the Queen: A Novel of the Queen's Governess

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This was an interesting book highlighting the life of the governess, Marion Crawford, to both Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The turbulent times of many of the years through the Depression and World War II are well covered by the author as she showcases the lives of British royalty. Her total dedication to the family at the expense of her own happiness is prevalent throughout the sixteen plus years she spent in servitude. All ties are severed with Marion as Queen Elizabeth I is angere This was an interesting book highlighting the life of the governess, Marion Crawford, to both Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The turbulent times of many of the years through the Depression and World War II are well covered by the author as she showcases the lives of British royalty. Her total dedication to the family at the expense of her own happiness is prevalent throughout the sixteen plus years she spent in servitude. All ties are severed with Marion as Queen Elizabeth I is angered by what she felt was the ultimate betrayal. The reader can decide for themselves if they feel this is justified. Well written! #InRoyalServiceToTheQueen #TessaArlen #NetGalley

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    There is something about royalty that is so fascinating to me. What would it be like to be born into a world of privilege and power? How do they live? Who are their friends? What are their secrets? The British royal family is my favorite, so I jumped at the chance to read In Royal Service to the Queen, by Tessa Arlen. Based on actual events and real people, the story is told from the perspective of governess Marion Crawford. Her charges were the royal Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose Winds There is something about royalty that is so fascinating to me. What would it be like to be born into a world of privilege and power? How do they live? Who are their friends? What are their secrets? The British royal family is my favorite, so I jumped at the chance to read In Royal Service to the Queen, by Tessa Arlen. Based on actual events and real people, the story is told from the perspective of governess Marion Crawford. Her charges were the royal Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose Windsor. What she experienced while working for and living with the royal family could give me an insider’s view of the dreams, disappointments, and triumphs of the famous family. Telling this story in a fictionalized account is a tremendous challenge. Daunting, really. I was curious to see if Arlen could pull it off. Marion Crawford was a young Scottish woman when she accepted a summer job in 1931 as the governess to Elizabeth and Margaret Rose, the two young daughters of the Duke and Duchess of York. This would evolve into a permanent position in the household of the second son of King George V who would later become king when his brother Edward abdicated the throne to marry the twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. We briefly touch upon this critical time in the life of Bertie and his wife Elizabeth who never expected to be elevated to the highest position in the land. The story really begins to heat up after WWII in 1945 when Princess Elizabeth, the heiress-presumptive to the British throne, falls in love with Prince Philip of Greece, a young Royal Navy officer. Crawfie, as Marion is endearingly called by the family, is the only one in Elizabeth’s intimate circle who supports her choice of Philip as a possible husband. Marion herself has also fallen in love with George, a family friend who she wants to marry. This is a complicated situation for both ladies that will take subtle shifting of opinions of the king and queen on Elizabeth’s behalf and patience and persistence for Marion. Over the next two years, Crawfie is placed in a precarious situation—caught between her loyalty to Princess Elizabeth and risking her relationship with her employer Queen Elizabeth who we see really wears the pants in the royal family. After years of loyal service and personal sacrifice, Marion achieves her goals and sees Elizabeth and herself marry the men that they love, but at a great cost. A betrayal by her employer will sever her sixteen-year relationship with her dear princesses. Novels about real people can be tricky. The author is reimaging events, creating scenes, and capturing personalities through dialogue that could really fall flat. Only the bravest and most talented writers can pull it off. It is immediately apparent that Arlen has done her research on this period of British history and the royal family. Any capable writer can do that. What places In Royal Service to the Queen above the fray is Arlen’s total understanding of the personalities and politics of the Windsor family and their sphere. Revealing the story from the perspective of a governess offered an intimate view that places us directly in the inner circle. This is where Arlen shines. She brings an astute understanding of the unique personalities of each of the families and their governess vividly to the page. For example, one scene was brilliantly crafted when Prince Philip is invited to tea with the family at the palace as a suitor to Princess Elizabeth. The King puffs on his cigarettes in between the few words that he shares, the Queen with her Cheshire cat smile orchestrates the conversation like a lifeboat in a field of icebergs, her outspoken younger brother David Bowes-Lyon adds colorful comments and piercing questions that his sister and brother-in-law cannot broach, eager prospect Philip is open and candid, showing his un-royal upbringing, while the young Elizabeth is effervescent and eager for approval. Crawfie is there in support of her charge, observing and sharing with us the critical scene in the romance of the princess and the future of the monarchy. The personal dynamics between the characters crackles and pops with energy throughout, and her heroine Marion is fierce, valiant, and believable. We never doubt her view and root for her happiness until the surprising end. My only quibble was with the pacing as I had wished that she placed more emphasis on the critical abdication as the inciting event of the beginning of the story to add more immediate tension. I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook narrated by Mhairi Morrison whose interpretation of Princess Elizabeth sounded eerily like actress Claire Foy in the same role in the TV series, The Crown. Arlen is an underappreciated historical fiction author who should find elevation from this beautifully written, impeccably researched, penetrating story of another underappreciated personality, Marion Crawford. Laurel Ann, Austenprose

  3. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    4.5 stars Tessa Arlen is an author that I don’t think get’s enough credit or recognition. She’s a wonderful author who I always feel like is on the fringes of the historical fiction genre. She’s written a few mysteries series that I have enjoyed over the years and whenever I see that she has a new book coming out, I am always excited. Yet I don’t see her books getting the same hype as other historical and historical mystery writers. Which means—-she is a diamond in the rough! She writes smart myst 4.5 stars Tessa Arlen is an author that I don’t think get’s enough credit or recognition. She’s a wonderful author who I always feel like is on the fringes of the historical fiction genre. She’s written a few mysteries series that I have enjoyed over the years and whenever I see that she has a new book coming out, I am always excited. Yet I don’t see her books getting the same hype as other historical and historical mystery writers. Which means—-she is a diamond in the rough! She writes smart mysteries with wonderful historical details. I especially love her Poppy Redfern series for historical details. When I saw that she has a book coming out about the Queen’s governess, I simply knew she would pour all the same historical details into this historical fiction piece. With the death of Prince Philip earlier this year as well the the success of The Crown, the time is ripe for novels about the Queen and her life with Philip. I have read a couple of books about the early life of Queen Elizabeth but when I saw that Arlen was going to be writing one, I knew I had to immediately get it on my TBR! As expected, the thing that stood out for me about this one was the historical details. I have come to expect that from Arlen and she delivered as hoped in this book. She captured the details and turbulence of Post War England so well while at the same time managing to keep the glamour of the royals alive in the story. In the fall I read another book featuring Marion Crawford which was also a wonderful read, but this one appealed to me more as it was Arlen who wrote it. I won’t spend time comparing the two books I have read, only that they are both well done in their own right and if you want to read more about the Queen’s early life, you will no doubt enjoy both books. But I will say, this one stood out to me a bit above the other book because of the attention to detail and the experience. This book felt more polished and refined with a clear purpose. It was well written and researched and fans of historical fiction (not to mention The Crown) will fall in love with this book. I adored how complex and flushed out the relationship between the Queen and Crawford was in this one. Crawford clearly gave everything to her service to the Queen and it was portrayed so well in this book. I think readers will find the story interesting and the dynamic between the Queen and Crawford complex and intriguing. The betrayal that comes (no spoilers here!) which drastically changes their friendship is the climax in this book and I loved it! I think this book had excellent pacing and loads of historical detail plus an interesting story that readers will devour. I loved how ‘Crawfie’ was portrayed in this one and I thought it did justice to her character as well as her position as governess with the Queen. I certainly hope this book draws Arlen the attention she deserves in the historical fiction genre. This was a well done novel and I loved it. I am so excited to read more books by her. If you love The Crown or maybe just want to learn more about the modern royals, this is the novel you want to read! See my full review here

  4. 4 out of 5

    Georgia Phung

    Wow!! I fell in love with this book. A captivating story that is told beautifully with grace and dignity, really capturing the relationships between characters in such a way that you too will be tearful at the end. I can’t wait to see what else this author puts out!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan Wright

    4.5 stars!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judy - crazee4books

    Very interesting look into the life and world of the royals and the people who tend to them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tessa Arlen

    A crown princess. Her beloved governess A shocking betrayal… Marion Crawford is just twenty-two years old when she becomes governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose in 1931. As their beloved ‘Crawfie’, she is instantly confided in, trusted and immersed in the lives of the royal family. As World War II finally comes to an end, it’s clear that Princess Elizabeth has fallen in love. Now heiress presumptive to the British throne, no one believes that Prince Philip of Greece is a sui A crown princess. Her beloved governess A shocking betrayal… Marion Crawford is just twenty-two years old when she becomes governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose in 1931. As their beloved ‘Crawfie’, she is instantly confided in, trusted and immersed in the lives of the royal family. As World War II finally comes to an end, it’s clear that Princess Elizabeth has fallen in love. Now heiress presumptive to the British throne, no one believes that Prince Philip of Greece is a suitable husband for the future Queen of England. No one, that is, except for Crawfie. For Crawfie, too, has fallen in love – and has convinced her fiancé George that they must wait for Elizabeth and Philip to receive the King’s blessing before she leaves the service of the Crown. Yet soon she finds herself torn between her loyalty to Princess Elizabeth and losing the man she loves. But no one ever anticipated the betrayal that will sever her bond with the royal family forever…

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hutchinson

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I did not know the story of Marion Crawford, governess to the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, for 16 years including during the WWII years when they were exiled at Windsor Castle for their safety. It was sad to me that when Marion wrote articles about her time with the royal family for the American magazine Ladies Home Journal, the people she was doing business with seemed to have double-crossed her about their agreement that her name would in no way be used I really enjoyed reading this book. I did not know the story of Marion Crawford, governess to the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, for 16 years including during the WWII years when they were exiled at Windsor Castle for their safety. It was sad to me that when Marion wrote articles about her time with the royal family for the American magazine Ladies Home Journal, the people she was doing business with seemed to have double-crossed her about their agreement that her name would in no way be used. When it was revealed, no member of the royal family ever spoke to her again, though they had been quite close during the years of her employment with them. I received this book from the publisher via net galley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shreedevi Gurumurty

    The revealing story of Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved governess, Marion Crawford, who spent more than sixteen years of her life in loyal service to the royal family and was later shunned by those she has loved and served.Marion Crawford can remember each of the wonderful years when she was governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose: included in their lives, confided in, needed, trusted, and loved.These memories will never dim, ever.In Marion’s mind,she will always be their Craw The revealing story of Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved governess, Marion Crawford, who spent more than sixteen years of her life in loyal service to the royal family and was later shunned by those she has loved and served.Marion Crawford can remember each of the wonderful years when she was governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose: included in their lives, confided in, needed, trusted, and loved.These memories will never dim, ever.In Marion’s mind,she will always be their Crawfie.But things become increasingly complicated as the young royals navigate adulthood.Over the next 2 years Crawfie is caught between loyalty to Princess Elizabeth;running the risk of alienating her royal employer,Queen Elizabeth;and losing the man she loves.But as Crawfie prevails to marry George and attend Elizabeth and Philip’s wedding,she is unaware that her troubled relationship with Queen Elizabeth is far from over.And just around the corner is a betrayal that will sever her bond with the royal family forever.Marion Crawford was raised in Dunfermline,Fife.Crawford remained in service to the King and Queen,and did not retire until Princess Elizabeth's marriage in 1947.Crawford had already delayed her own marriage for 16 years as she didn't want to abandon the King and Queen.Marion Crawford came of age when women were allowed to vote and enter professions.She was a teacher who had a passion for helping underprivileged children, but by fate helped the princesses.Traditionally, governesses taught "the three Rs" and the "accomplishments" expected of high-class women to the young ladies under their care.The governess occupied a uniquely awkward position in the Victorian household, because she was neither a servant nor yet a member of the host family. She worked in the upper-class home of the landed gentry or aristocracy. She herself had a middle-class background and education,yet was paid for her services.By definition, a governess was an unmarried woman who lived in someone else's home, which meant that she was subject to their rules.She had to maintain an impeccable reputation by avoiding anything which could embarrass or offend her employers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennia

    4.5 stars In Royal Service to the Queen by Tessa Arlen and from Berkley Books takes the viewpoint of a rarely explored figure in Queen Elizabeth’s life: her governess, Marion Crawford, affectionately known as Crawfie. Though the story begins shortly after she’s first employed, when Elizabeth and Margaret are young girls, the focus is on Elizabeth’s courtship and love for Philip and Crawfie’s involvement with a man named George. The two love stories run parallel to one another but have very differ 4.5 stars In Royal Service to the Queen by Tessa Arlen and from Berkley Books takes the viewpoint of a rarely explored figure in Queen Elizabeth’s life: her governess, Marion Crawford, affectionately known as Crawfie. Though the story begins shortly after she’s first employed, when Elizabeth and Margaret are young girls, the focus is on Elizabeth’s courtship and love for Philip and Crawfie’s involvement with a man named George. The two love stories run parallel to one another but have very different outcomes. Crawfie is a fascinating figure and one I previously knew little about, apart from her name and general occupation. Her life was as full of betrayal and drama as any royal’s, her sixteen years of devoted servitude culminating in a possibly questionable decision that would drastically alter her life and connections to those she’d spent so many years with. Her choices are never purely black and white, and she often felt conflicted with what to say and when. From the start of her employment, a steady sense of decorum and careful phrasing kept her in the family’s good graces. I was struck by how taxing it must have been for her, walking that fine line between protecting the princesses’ privacy or answering questions posed by their parents or others who had an obligation to protect their, and the country’s, well-being. Filled with the complexities of working for the royal family and abundant in details that perfectly set each scene, this is the perfect book for fans of The Crown or Downton Abbey. The author’s painstaking research shines on every page, the history of these famous figures told with empathy and unbiased clarity. Thank you to Berkley Books for a gifted ecopy. This did not affect my review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. The Windsor family has become a popular subject for historical fiction. I know that a lot of people think that the royals should be left until everyone they know has passed, but I disagree. (Why can Netflix make The Crown but an author can’t write a book?) While this book covers what was undoubtedly a difficult period for the family, I think it does it respectfully and realistically. Marion Crawford’s story seems a bit Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. The Windsor family has become a popular subject for historical fiction. I know that a lot of people think that the royals should be left until everyone they know has passed, but I disagree. (Why can Netflix make The Crown but an author can’t write a book?) While this book covers what was undoubtedly a difficult period for the family, I think it does it respectfully and realistically. Marion Crawford’s story seems a bit outrageous to us now. In the age of celebrity tell-alls, it is difficult to understand why sweet and lovely articles and books about the princesses would be so horrifying. (A lot of celebrities and politicians would do a lot to positive public attention.) However, to the family, it was the ultimate betrayal. Arlen dissects this difficult situation from Crawfie’s point of view. Although I couldn’t put this book down, it was difficult to read. The Queen Mother was often described as “a marshmallow with an iron centre”, and Crawfie felt that iron centre. As an historian, I believe that we all have a mixture of good and bad qualities, and are multi-faceted. Arlen did a wonderful job with both Elizabeth and Margaret in In Royal Service. They felt like real people, rather than two-dimensional royals to be praised from afar. And Crawfie is a complex protagonist. You feel like you are in her head, and you can feel the constant push and pull of her duties.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Lynn

    I am a historical fiction junkie. I read almost everything historical that I can get my hands on so when I heard about Marion Crawford I was intrigued. I have read much about the Queen but did not know anything about the governess. I knew that this was a book that I had to read. I loved how much she loved Elizabeth and Margaret. She was hired as a tutor but became so much more. She let them be children while also teaching them. She gave them normal experiences but also realized that they were no I am a historical fiction junkie. I read almost everything historical that I can get my hands on so when I heard about Marion Crawford I was intrigued. I have read much about the Queen but did not know anything about the governess. I knew that this was a book that I had to read. I loved how much she loved Elizabeth and Margaret. She was hired as a tutor but became so much more. She let them be children while also teaching them. She gave them normal experiences but also realized that they were not living normal lives. They had to be protected but also taught. She listened to them and gave them the best advice she could. I was amazed at how much of her life she had to give up to do her job. She did not see her mother regularly, she struggled to have a relationship with her fiancé, and when she married, she had to continue working away from her husband. When she choses to tell the princesses story she does not know how the royals will react. With their reaction she is shocked and heartbroken but knows that she did not do anything wrong. The Queen was able to edit what she wrote and still “allowed” it to be released. I enjoyed seeing Marion come into her own and stand up for herself. Her life was not easy, but she found a way to get the happy ever after that she deserved.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judy Alter

    Fascinating look at family life in Buckingham Palace in the years following Edward's abdication and WWII. Elizabeth is coming of age, and two closely intertwined threads hold this plot together: Elizabeth's forbidden love for Prince Philip and governess Marion Crawford's dilemma of whether duty demands she stay with the royal family, particularly to support Elizabeth, or love demands that she return to Scotland and marry the man she loves. Based on Marion Crawford's true story. The current queen Fascinating look at family life in Buckingham Palace in the years following Edward's abdication and WWII. Elizabeth is coming of age, and two closely intertwined threads hold this plot together: Elizabeth's forbidden love for Prince Philip and governess Marion Crawford's dilemma of whether duty demands she stay with the royal family, particularly to support Elizabeth, or love demands that she return to Scotland and marry the man she loves. Based on Marion Crawford's true story. The current queen's mother, later the Dowager Queen, does not come off well in this telling; Marion Crawford is, however, a sympathetic character. In addition to these main stories, there are interesting glimpses into the British mind--their dismay at their support, required by treaty, for America over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or a far different picture of Winston Churchill than that in Eric Larson's recent book. This book builds on much of what viewers saw in "The Queen."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Myarn

    I am more familiar with Ms. Arlen’s work from her Poppy Redfern series which I love. I was fortunate to win a copy from Goodreads and was thrilled to get the ARC in the mail. I thought the look into the private lives of the Windsors was fascinating. Marion Crawford was the governess to Princess Elizabeth and Margaret. Her devotion to the House of Windsor caused her to put her on life on hold. Loyal to Princess Elizabeth, she was around throughout her childhood, WWII and her courtship with Philli I am more familiar with Ms. Arlen’s work from her Poppy Redfern series which I love. I was fortunate to win a copy from Goodreads and was thrilled to get the ARC in the mail. I thought the look into the private lives of the Windsors was fascinating. Marion Crawford was the governess to Princess Elizabeth and Margaret. Her devotion to the House of Windsor caused her to put her on life on hold. Loyal to Princess Elizabeth, she was around throughout her childhood, WWII and her courtship with Phillip. It was like having a behind the scenes look and all the drama and intrigue at the royal court; never mind the feelings of two individuals. What happened to Crawfie might have been a misunderstanding or a betrayal. But there are two sides to a story and sometimes people can be unforgiving. I enjoyed this book but I wish the ending was different. Thank you Goodreads and Berkeley for this ARC.

  15. 4 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    An entertaining historical fiction account of real-life Marion Crawford and her sixteen year service to the Windsor family as royal governess to the two princesses. Highly recommended for fans of the Netflix series The crown. I enjoyed the insider/outsider perspective of the royal family's life and the kinds of sacrifices Marion had to make in her own life to serve the family she loved but who didn't always treat her well. Great on audio narrated by Mhairi Morrison. Much thanks to NetGalley and An entertaining historical fiction account of real-life Marion Crawford and her sixteen year service to the Windsor family as royal governess to the two princesses. Highly recommended for fans of the Netflix series The crown. I enjoyed the insider/outsider perspective of the royal family's life and the kinds of sacrifices Marion had to make in her own life to serve the family she loved but who didn't always treat her well. Great on audio narrated by Mhairi Morrison. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advance review copy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for an advanced copy of In Royal Service to the Queen. I love reading books around the Royal Family so when I saw In Royal Service to the Queen I was definitely intrigued! This historical fiction is based in on the life of Marion Crawford who was Queen Elizabeth's governess for 16 years. I knew a little about the scandal from other things I've read so I was excited to read more about Crawfie! I'm emjoyed the book. It's fun seeing it from Crawfie's viewpoint and mor Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for an advanced copy of In Royal Service to the Queen. I love reading books around the Royal Family so when I saw In Royal Service to the Queen I was definitely intrigued! This historical fiction is based in on the life of Marion Crawford who was Queen Elizabeth's governess for 16 years. I knew a little about the scandal from other things I've read so I was excited to read more about Crawfie! I'm emjoyed the book. It's fun seeing it from Crawfie's viewpoint and more of why she did it. I really liked the author's note at the end!.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa B

    Utterly fascinating! The governess of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose for many years has many tales to tell of the two young girls. It is very interesting to hear first-hand of the life of the highest royalty in England.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    I received my copy free through Goodreads Giveaways

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