• The Royal Nanny

  • A Novel
  • By: Karen Harper
  • Narrated by: Melanie Crawley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (245 ratings)

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By: Karen Harper
Narrated by: Melanie Crawley
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Publisher's Summary

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 the unforgettable story of Charlotte Bill, who would care for a generation of royals as their parents never could. Neither Charlotte - LaLa, as her charges dub her - nor anyone else can predict that eldest sons David and Bertie will each one day be king. LaLa knows only that these children, and the four who swiftly follow, need her steadfast loyalty and unconditional affection. 

But the greatest impact on Charlotte’s life is made by a mere bud on the family tree: a misunderstood soul who will one day be known as the Lost Prince. Young Prince John needs all of Lala’s love - the kind of love his parents won’t...or can’t...show him. 

From Britain’s old wealth to the glittering excesses of Tsarist Russia; from country cottages to royal yachts, and from nursery to ballroom, Charlotte Bill witnesses history. The Royal Nanny is a seamless blend of fact and fiction - an intensely intimate, yet epic tale spanning decades, continents, and divides that only love can cross.

©2016 Karen Harper (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Loved it!

Absolutely adored this book. The story is amazing. Please read this. You will love this.

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love stoies about royal families

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wondered whatt was true or fiction. di a lot of fact checking. enjoyed it

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Great listen

I loved this book and I loved to learn about some of the history of the royal family.

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Absolutely beautiful!!

A must read, especially if you love historical fiction!!
The narrator does a phenomenal job with voicing and giving life to each character!!

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Awesome!

This book was wonderful! Having studied and watched documentaries about this period in history, I found that the book brought the people to life. The narrator did an incredible job!

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What a wonderful listen this book is!

I was sorry when it ended! Well done! So full of facts and wonderful story line.

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Interesting insight

A very enjoyable peek into the life of a royal. Makes me glad I'm not one of them!

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Historical Fiction

While this is historical fiction, it seems to stay really true to most of the facts that we know about that generation of the royal family. One of my all time favorite books.

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Wonderful Book

This was a great book. Made me want to delve in to the history of the royals.

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Had a VERY hard time putting it down!

This work of historical fiction was delightfully written from the point of view of "Mrs. Lala", nanny to the children of the man who became King George V. That means she was nanny to David, who became King Edward VII (the one who abdicated) and Bertie, who became King George VI, father of QEII. But more than anything she was nanny and lifelong companion John (Johnnie), last child of King George and Queen Mary. Full name John Charles Francis, who suffered from epilepsy and was likely on the autism spectrum.

Although his conditions were hidden from the public, Johnnie was a family favorite who was kept safe from prying eyes on the Sandringham Estate. Sadly, Johnnie died young, the result of one of his seizures which had worsened over his lifetime. Mrs. Lala was with him to the end.

The facts are well known; this work of fiction fills in dialog and tells a lovely story of the Royal Family from the latest years of Queen Victoria through the end of the 1st World War.

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  • 03-31-21

Extremely disappointing

I thought this was going to be about Edward VIII and the storybooks in 1919...

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  • 11-05-22

Heartfelt ❤️

This book sends out waves of heartfelt love that the story you’ve watched on TV doesn’t give it justice. The film makes the royal family look unfeeling when this book shows completely different they loved Johnny lala the nanny was a beautiful soul I’m sure she’s with Johnny and Chad All together again 💐lovely story 😊