The People’s Princess
by Flora Harding
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Pub Date 31 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2022
HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, One More Chapter
Buckingham Palace, 1981
Her engagement to Prince Charles is a dream come true for Lady Diana Spencer but marrying the heir to the throne is not all that it seems. Alone and bored in the palace, she resents the stuffy courtiers who are intent on instructing her about her new role as Princess of Wales…
But when she discovers a diary written in the 1800s by Princess Charlotte of Wales, a young woman born into a gilded cage so like herself, Diana is drawn into the story of Charlotte’s reckless love affairs and fraught relationship with her father, the Prince Regent.
As she reads the diary, Diana can see many parallels with her own life and future as Princess of Wales.
The story allows a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in the palace, the tensions in Diana’s relationship with the royal family during the engagement, and the wedding itself.Praise for Flora Harding:
‘If you’re a fan of The Crown, you’ll love this’ Woman’s Weekly
‘Fascinating…a beautiful love story’ Woman
‘Magnificent. It carries so much depth and warmness, and closeness to the characters that you do not want to part from them…a page-turner’ Best Historical Fiction Reviews
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Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers UK for this ARC. This book draws from two time lines. During the engagement of Diana to Prince Charles, she finds herself wandering the Palace and comes upon a picture of Princess Charlotte, the Queen that never was. She requests information on her life and is given a diary she wrote in the 1800's. Diana soon finds out what all Diana and Princess Charlotte have a lot in common. They are both greatly love by the people and both searching for the love of their life. Information given early on, Princess Charlotte dies too young while giving birth to her first child. Charlotte was to be the next Queen of England but she died before her father forever ending the Hanover family reign. The crown was then passed to her 1st cousin - Victoria. This book ends with Diana walking down the aisle and we all know how that ends. If you watch The Crown, this book was a lot of the same information - Camilla, bulimia and Charles' lack of love. I really enjoyed this book but I also love English Royalty history. #ThePeoplesPrincess #FloraHarding #Mar2022
fictional account of Princess Diana's life at the palace after she becomes engaged to Prince charles, she finds a diary written by Princess Charlettee of wales, interesting fictional account.
The People's Princess by F. Harding, published by Harper Collins UK / One More Chapter is a historical fiction, not a biography.
Two princesses, two fates.
One of them, the Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte. Her story is set in the early 18 hundereds - and another Princess of Wales, Princess Diana, her story set in the late 19 hundereds. Both have a lot in common and sometimes history repeats itself.
An exquisite, intriguing story, unputdownable. I was connected with the characters right from the start. Fell in love with storyline, twists and turns. And while I knew the fate of one of the princesses, the other one was a mystery to me. But she became more than history fiction. I really, really loved the growth of Charlotte. Loved reading about her life, her marriage, her love. An emotional read that had me in tears more than one time. I recommend this gem of a story, 5 stars.
This is a story that will appeal to any fan of Princess Diana. It truly brings her to life, and makes us empathize with her over the struggles her marriage brought to here. And the idea of contrasting her life with that of a previous princess makes history relevant by showing us that whatever we suffered through has been done before, and that we are not alone. I highly recommend this book -whether or not you admired Princess Diana before, you will be a fan of hers after spending time with her in this story.
Diana was so much more than her eating disorder, and I tired of reading it in her chapters. It's probably a personal nuisance for me, as I was bulimic and don't want it to be a focus or a legacy.
This was an absolutely marvelous story! I'm so thankful to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this novel! I've always been fascinated by the English monarchy, and this Historical Novel has given me more individuals to look into!
The similarities that are drawn between Princess Diana and the late Princess Charlotte was phenomenal. The way the author went back and forth between the time periods was flawless, and the way she makes you feel you are a part of the past was unbelievable. I highly recommend this book and will be reading more by her.
I'd already read and loved Before the Crown by this author and so was looking forward to reading this. I wasn't disappointed. Flora Harding has a knack for drawing the reader in and keeping them enthralled. I will be looking out for her next book.
Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher for allowing me an early look at this in exchange for an honest review.
I truly enjoyed this book, and honestly didn't want it to end.
It is a great story of two intriguing women living similar lives in different times. The story focus is on Princess Diana, and her life during her engagement leading to her wedding day. The story is based on fact, but much has been inferred by the author.. It is beautifully written, covering a multitude of emotions and situations. The sub story is that of Princess Charlotte, the Queen that wasn't. I absolutely loved the sub story and was as engrossed in her story as I was in Diana's.
Highly recommend this book, great read as always from this author.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review .
I really enjoyed this book. Flora Harding does a wonderful job getting the reader into the mind of two princesses, Diana and Charlotte. It was interesting to learn about Charlotte since I didn’t know much about her as her life was cut so short. The fact that she was phenomenally popular in her day was intriguing.
While I wasn’t as interested in Diana’s story, which focused quite a bit on her bulimia, the insider story of her engagement to Charles was interesting to revisit. The author made me feel her excitement, anxiety and anguish at the discovery her marriage-to-be didn’t look like it would be a fairy tale. I think this was a more difficult story to tell since so much has already been written about Princess Diana.
The story is very well told and Flora Harding handles both real-life characters deftly. I highly recommend this book to historical fiction fans and also those who enjoy reading about royalty.
When Lady Diana Spencer reads an entry from the diary of Princess Charlotte she is intrigued by the similarities between them.
Told in dual timelines, the early 1800’s and the early 1980’s, the lives of these woman weave a history that is emotional and quite moving.
For Diana, stepping into Royal life has not been all that she dreamt it would be. Amidst the stuffiness and lessons she must learn within the palace walls, she is filled with insecurities and self-doubt. She has a yearning to be loved and accepted as Charles’s wife and in her role as Princess of Wales. As Diana reads on, she finds strength and comfort in Princess Charlottes life. Although they lived in different centuries, a kinship develops. She quickly learns that her feelings, struggles, desires and inner turmoil parallel Princess Charlottes and only then she finds comfort to face her journey.
Flora Harding does an excellent job of bringing vibrancy and color to the lives of these fascinating women. The emotions are real and identifiable and the connection established with the reader is immediate.
If you love the Royals, romance and historical fiction, this is a ‘must read’.
I highly recommend The People’s Princess and thank NetGalley, One More Chapter and Flora Harding for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review.
Just when we begin to believe "it's all been said," regarding Lady Di, a fascinating historical novel like this one appears. Diana's story, juxtaposed alongside that of Princess Charlotte, provides the grist of this plot.
In the novel, Diana discovers a diary, and this diary gives her hope that, somehow, her life will continue to parallel that of Princess Charlotte and that her fairytale will end happily. Flora Harding's novel is a jewel that deserves reading straight through to the end!
The People’s Princess is a historical fiction novel told in a dual timeline. It begins in 1981 as Lady Diana is preparing for her wedding to Prince Charles. She discovers a portrait of Princess Charlotte of Wales in the 1800s and is given a journal/diary of Princess Charlotte..
Lady Diana and Princess Charlotte were both looking for happiness, love and to do good for others.
This was an amazing novel . I loved every page and did not want it to end. Will definitely be searching for more books about Princess Diana
and Princess Charlotte and would recommend The People’s Princess to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
Thank you Harper Collins UK, Chapter One and Net Galley for the ARC and Flora Harding for writing this wonderful novel.
I loved it !
Thank you for the opportunity to review. As a loyal royalist, this hit the mark for me.
I liked the dual timeline and thought this was a clever take on mixing fact and fiction.
It made for really engaging and addictive reading.
Not only was this book a great read, I was totally fascinated with it. Yes, having watched "The Crown" and read and watched many documentaries about Diana and Charles, this novel was so much more than that. Bringing Princess Charlotte of Wales into the story made even more interesting. A well written novel thanks to Ms. Harding and one I would totally recommend. My thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
I'm a fan of The Crown and I love period dramas that bring to life the stories of forgotten kings and queens of old, so I picked up this book and I'm glad I did! It's an easy read that kept me interested until the last page. My favorite chapters were the ones dedicated to Charlotte, Princess of Wales. I had never heard of her and I had to look her up after reading The People's Princess.
With thanks to the author, Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for the ARC.
I was invited to read this by the publisher having read and enjoyed the author's previous ook and it didn't disappoint.
It's a clever dual timeline book telling g the story of Princess Diana as she prepares for her marriage,as well as previous Princess of Wales Charlotte. The parallels between their lives are fascinating and Charlotte is truly a forgotten Princess. Both women are adopted by the public, find the situation overwhelming and have doubts about their marriage.
Having read Mortins book about Diana it is clear where it has influenced the story and it is sad reading of Diana defaming of when she is queen knowing what ehe future holds. I also felt sorry for Diana as she struggles with self doubt but loved the part where she promises to bring up her children knowing they are loved
A great read for royal fans or fans of historical fiction