Book Review of Royal by Danielle Steel


It’s been several years since I read my last Danielle Steel novel, so when I noticed my library had the audiobook of Royal, I thought it was time to revisit her work.

The book begins in the summer of 1943 when the Royal family sends their youngest daughter, Charlotte, to live in the country with a noble family for the remainder of her seventeenth year. Her true identity was concealed from all but the Earl and Countess she was staying with, including their son Henry and another young female boarder Lucy. She begins a love affair with Henry who is waiting for his eighteenth birthday to enlist and fight in the war. Sadly, this love is short-lived as numerous tragedies occur and baby Annie is left orphaned. Lucy, who lost both her parents, has fallen in love with the baby and decides she will raise her as her own. Lucy marries, has twin sons, and life goes on. She does not disclose to anyone for twenty years who Annie actually is. Finally, on her deathbed, Lucy tells her husband the secret of Annie’s identity. He is told of a series of letters which confirms this and where they have been hidden. How will Annie and the Royal family react to this news? Will Annie be accepted as one of their own?

I enjoyed this fast-paced book which encompasses the story of three unique women. The character development was good and the women were all likeable. I appreciated the similarities between Charlotte and Annie, including a love of horses. I disagreed with Lucy raising Annie as her own, and wonder if she would have ever told Annie had she not gotten sick. I also feel that there were parts of the story that were unbelievable, including a physician not noticing that a woman who claims she’s already had one baby was indeed having her first (there are physical changes which are tell tale signs). Having said that, it was an entertaining read and I would recommend it to fans of this genre.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.


32 comments:

  1. I haven't read a book written by Danielle Steel in a long time too...good review :)

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  2. Great review ! I feel and call it honest too. To the point and all the things highlighted which needs to be. I am looking forward to read this book that has earned 4 stars from you & it is recommended by you. Thank you for sharing! :)

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  3. Never read a Danielle Steele, but I know my mam is a fan. I might well get out and buy this for her. Great review!

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  4. This book is on my list so I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  5. Oh my goodness, it's been AGES since I read a Danielle Steel book, but this one sounds like a good choice to reacquaint myself - great review, Jodie, thank you :)

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  6. Thanks for the review, I will add this to my reading list. 💜

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  7. Great review! I really need to put this author on my TBR some time. I keep seeing glowing reviews.

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  8. I don't think I have ever read a book by Danielle Steele but this sounds fab! I will need to give it a read once I have gotten through my TBR pile.

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  9. Ah, I still remember the first Danielle Steel book I read! It was a plot full of sadness and tears, crippled lovers, and happiness at the ending. This book sounds like a rollercoaster of emotions too, and I hope to read it.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Jaya! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  10. Oh my goodness. I don’t know how many years it has been since I read a Danielle Steele novel. I used to read them all the time, but then I got tired of the same old soppy storylines. I might have to give them another try! Thanks for the review.

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  11. Like you, I haven't read a Danielle Steel book for a few years. This sounds like a really good book and one that I'd definitely like to read.

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  12. Not my usual genre but this sounds good! The setting and the characters all sound great. Love that it's fast paced too, sounds like an enjoyable read overall x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  13. Nice review! I've never read a Danielle Steel before. I should probably amend that soon.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. It's always fun to try a new author!

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  14. I always hear great things from people who read any Danielle Steel's novels. This book looks very interesting - specially the way you describe the 3 main female characters. I will check this book out soon.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by as well as for your comment!

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  15. Interesting story, I think I would enjoy this one! I have not read a Danielle Steel book since I was a teenager. I get what you are saying about it being a bit unbelievable that a doctor would not have noticed Lucy had not given birth before her twins, but it wasn't very much earlier that births were attended by midwives or other women, in the home. It would have been good for Danielle Steel to develop that a bit more, but maybe it wasn't relevant to the overall story.

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  16. Great review! I've never read a book by Danielle Steel before, but this sounds like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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