"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
Baratz-Logsted (The Sisters Club) provides a healthy dose of humor in this whimsical contemporary, in which Daisy Silverman, a Jewish house cleaner from Connecticut, becomes the love interest of England's Prince Charles. In 1999, Daisy is saved from a lifetime of drudgery when she wins the lottery. She and "Lotto Lady" Bonita, who sold her the ticket, decide to travel to England on the winnings. Daisy meets Prince Charles at an embassy party, where he mishears her name as Daisy Sills. Charles is instantly enamored of Daisy's refreshing nature and her tendency to say whatever is on her mind. As they spend more time together, Daisy is invited to the various royal haunts, including Balmoral, and is tolerated by the queen. But when the Windsors discover that she's Jewish and a former scrubber of toilets, her relationship with Charles is threatened. Daisy's madcap adventure is more comedy than romance, and her most unusual and unlikely relationship with Prince Charles will appeal to readers looking for lots of giggles and few sighs.
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highlight the cultural differences between the expected behaviors of the proper Brits and the rather
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.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.