It has taken twelve books but I think Georgie is finally learning to stand up
for herself. When we first met her in HER ROYAL SPYNESS she was
stuck in dreary Scottish Castle Rannoch, supposed to make a good match with one
of those "half-lunatic, buck-toothed, chinless, spineless and utterly awful
princes who still seem to litter Europe." The family had singled out Prince
Siegfried of Rumania as a potential spouse. It is this that pushes Georgie into
her first real rebellion. She bolts from Castle Rannoch down to London to make
her own way in life. There is no way she is going to marry a man she and her
friends call Fish-face. And how lucky that decision was. At later meetings he
makes it clear to her that if they marry she only has to produce the heir and he
will never trouble her again. No thank you, Georgie says.
And as the books progress it seems she has a chap of her own in mind. Not royal,
not even English. An Irish rogue, living a shady life. But irresistibly handsome
and oh so naughty. Then it turns out he is the son of a lord, and his shady
doings are working undercover for the British government. And he seems to have
given up his wicked ways once he proposed to her. So in the upcoming book FOUR FUNERALS AND MAYBE A
WEDDING, Georgie is actually looking forward to the big day. She knows
exactly what she wants: a simple ceremony in a quiet country church with just a
few friends and immediate family.
The only hitch is that immediate family included King George V and Queen Mary.
And the queen has other ideas. She suggests that the little princesses,
Elizabeth and Margaret, would like to be bridesmaids and then that protocol
demands that Georgie invite her more distant relatives from among the crowned
heads of Europe. Oh, and the ceremony should be in a cathedral. Poor Georgie:
will she have the spunk to tell Queen Mary thank you, but no thank you? Will
she get the dream wedding she wants or will it turn into something more like
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's? And given that things seem to happen to
Georgie, will she even survive until the ceremony? You'll just have to read the
book to find out!
Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness mysteries. FOUR FUNERALS AND MAYBE A
WEDDING was published on August 7th.
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