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Amusing George

An Accidental Royal Kidnap Book Cover An Accidental Royal Kidnap
Paul Mathews
humour, contemporary fiction, mystery
Independently published
November 24, 2020
260

When London schoolteacher George Nearly wakes up one Sunday morning to find a dishevelled young woman sprawled on his living-room rug, claiming to be a princess, his plans for a peaceful day at home recovering from his 39th birthday party disappear faster than a French monarch's head during a revolution. And when the feisty royal accuses George of kidnapping her, his very ordinary life is turned completely upside down, as the party princess takes root in his apartment, causes royal waves among his friends and family, and demands to go walkabout on the streets of London. It's blue-blooded British comedy by unofficial royal appointment in this hilarious, and often surreal, regal romp that's guaranteed to raise a laugh from Balmoral to Buckingham Palace! The first novel in the Royally Funny Books series This very British comedy novel is the first in a series starring reluctant hero George Nearly, the unpredictable Princess Araminta of Essex ('Minty' to her friends) and a host of other quirky characters - all of whom make Mad King George seem like a perfectly sane individual. Royals and commoners collide in these uniquely English adventures that lovers of comedy fiction around the former British Empire and beyond will enjoy. And if you're reading this, Your Majesty ... we guarantee that you will be amused, ma'am!

There’s something about a book character named George. they can be one of 3 things: all somewhat charming in their own way.

  1. a small grubby full of questions and questioning boy;
  2. a scruffy mongrel dog inevitably rolling in whatever smelt the worst;
  3. an Englishman. recognizable by leather elbow patches, cricket flannels too baggy. a domineering mother. a loser group of friends. and a loser girlfriend with a lack lustre love life.

Guess which George we had here. And no, he didn’t wear flannels and elbow patches but close!

Amusing story here as George clearly had no idea what he was about and how to deal with strange arrival in his life. But a happy ending and all was well through a series of amusing episodes. Nicely written and full of expectations fulfilled.

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Dear Margot, Bethan writing

This story is set in Cambridge UK where we find that as it opens Katie is kidnapped. Katie is an angry teenager who stormed out of the house in the rain, and thus, according to many including the police, may have just run away. But we know better.

Margot, who writes the Dear Amy advice column for teenagers on the local newspaper and who teaches English at a private school, starts to receive letters. Letters written apparently by a child, posted the day before receipt, and yet the signature is of a girl, Bethan,  who disappeared 20 years before.

All this is set against a time in Margot’s life where she is emotionally at sea. Her marriage has crashed and her mental state is fragile. But for some reason she decides to investigate the letters and Bethan’s disappearance.

You feel strongly Margot’s despair and deep need to restablish a stable life after her crashed marriage.

As the story continues a sense of menace grows – well described from Margot’s perspective as a person with anxiety disorders – and thus how much does she imagine? And how much is real?

I received this free book in exchange for an honest review

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