The Good Servant by Fern Britton

Marion Crawford, a bright, ambitious young teacher, is ready to make her mark on the world. Until a twist of fate changes the course of her life forever…

1936. Windsor Castle. At first this ordinary woman is in a new world, working as the governess to two young princesses, in a household she calls home but where everyone is at a distance. As the course of history changes, she finds herself companion to the future Queen, and indispensable to the Crown. And slowly their needs become her needs. Their lives become hers.

It’s then she meets George, and falls in love for the first time. Now Marion faces an impossible choice: her sense of duty or the love of her life.

My thoughts:

Thank you Harper Collins UK for a digital review copy of this historical fiction book via NetGalley. I read and enjoyed The Newcomer by Fern Britton in 2019. I’m sharing a mini review for The Good Servant today.

As the recent jubilee celebrations have shown, there is love and fascination for the British Royal Family. This book, based on real people, shows how difficult it must have been to work for the family without letting slip any information that only an insider could know.

I often felt sorry for Marion when reading this novel, who found herself in an amazing but lonely place in history, educating two young girls, one of whom suddenly found herself destined to be Queen. Marion put her own personal life on hold to provide support to the family during the abdication crisis and the war.

This was a book that flowed beautifully as we discovered how Marion became the governess who stayed for many years longer than she had expected. The book looks at her choices in life, not all of them good, and how she went from being a cherished member of staff to being ostracised when ‘her’ book, The Little Princesses was published.

I enjoy reading historical fiction novels and I’m happy to recommend this one to readers of my book review blog.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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