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Kate Johnson
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1 April 2011
The portal to an alternate world was the start of all her troubles - or was it? When Eve Carpenter lands with a splash in the Thames, it's not the London or England she's used to. No one has a telephone or knows what a computer is. England s a third world country and Princess Di is still alive. But worst of all, everyone thinks Eve's a spy. Including Major Harker who has his own problems. His sworn enemy is looking for a promotion. The general wants him to undertake some ridiculous mission to capture a computer, which Harker vaguely envisions running wild somewhere in Yorkshire. Turns out the best person to help him is Eve. She claims to be a popstar. Harker doesn't know what a popstar is, although he suspects it's a fancy foreign word for spy . Eve knows all about computers, and electricity. Eve is dangerous. There's every possibility she's mad. And Harker is falling in love with her.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906931682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906931681
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My name is Kate Johnson, and I write romance novels.

I write under two names: Cat Marsters for the sexy stuff, and Kate Johnson for the less sexy stuff. Cat tends to write paranormal, and Kate tends to write contemporary, although I will admit there's some overlap.

I live in the south-east of England and belong to a pride of adored cats, who are assisting me with my lifelong goal of becoming Crazy Cat Lady. You'll find me talking about them on my blog quite a lot. I also have the unfortunate distinction of owning a Demon Puppy, a dog so evil hell spat her back out. I talk about her quite a lot, too.

My hobbies include researching my literary competition (reading lots of books), researching through a broad spectrum of media (watching films and TV), admiring (drooling over) the work of fine actors such as David Tennant, Richard Armitage and Hugh Jackman, and being used as a bed/scratch-post/chew-toy/human slave by the aforementioned collection of animals.

You can find me all over the Web: and I Tweet as @K8JohnsonAuthor and blog at

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~~Eve Carpenter is having a very bad day, and it is about to get worse. She comes round from a paragliding accident but everything is rather strange. Although she's still in London, this is a city and a world she hardly recognises. There is just enough that is familiar to be totally confusing. In this world, England is a backward country with a population kept too busy fighting in a civil war to do much else. She is taken captive by a small group of soldiers who take her marching across the country with them. The leader, Major Harker, is obnoxious and scruffy, and is convinced Eve is a spy, or perhaps she is just mad. While they apparently speak the same language, they struggle to understand each other - their worlds are so different. The Untied Kingdom is an unusual combination of genres - a dystopian chicklit novel, as much a war and adventure story as a romance (not just a romance with a war setting). I quickly got caught up in the problems facing Eve and Harker and the other soldiers. The strongly drawn characterisation and lively narrative and dialogue is key to this ...Something else I found interesting in this novel was the exploration of an alternate world without the technology we have become so reliant on, where electricity and landline telephones are luxuries which only the super rich can afford and only stronger military powers have equipment like computers. Thank you to Choc Lit for sending a copy of this original and exciting romantic adventure story to the Bookbag.~~ --The Bookbag

~~~Winner of a Best Book Award from Long & Short Stories. ~~~ --Long & Short Stories

**Shortlisted for the 2012 Best Romantic Contemporary Novel of the year award (RoNA).** --Romantic Novelists' Association

~~~Winner of a Best Book Award from Long & Short Stories. ~~~ --Long & Short Stories

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love this book 11 April 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well, having seen the reviews already given for the Untied Kingdom I'm not sure why you'd need to read this one. They've already said it - five stars, it's a fabulous read, just buy it for heaven's sake.

But if you still need some convincing, Kate Johnson has created a fabulous alternative world with a brilliant concept. It's clever, but clever in a Pratchett kind of way that doesn't beat you over the head but just invites you to come on in and sit down (might want to watch where you're sitting, though, that chair wobbles...)

But that's not even the best thing about the book. Her characters are all beautifully and effortlessly wonderful. I loved Eve and Harker, but there wasn't a member of the company that I wouldn't have happily shared a drink with (I've got a soft spot for Daz, actually...)

And the dry narration and witty dialogue are just a joy to read. The pages flew by and I was sorry to have to leave at the end. I laughed, I sniffled, and I went "Aah" at the end.

There, nuff said. Go buy it and I dare you to tell me I'm wrong.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb adventure story 14 Jun 2013
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This is one of those supremely satisfying books where the balance between adventure and romance is perfectly structured. Too often one element is thrown in either to soften or spice up the other, to supply some dramatic tension because the original story cannot provide it on its own.

There is one leap of belief needed and that is to accept the possibility of parallel worlds. Otherwise, reality rules. Eve, an ex-pop star with money problems, forced to do humiliating sensation TV to earn some money, is accidentally flung through a hole in the sky above Tower Bridge. She and the birdlike contraption she is riding on land in the Thames. She is rescued to find that England is in the throes of a devastating civil war. The world is dominated by the French Empire and the Coalitionists, who want to cede to France, have rebelled against the English government. Eve has been rescued by a major in the government army to whom it is obvious that she is either a French spy or a lunatic.

This is an England that is both poor and backward. There are a few cars, but they are too expensive to run. Few people have electricity or telephones. Food is scarce because most of the young men have been conscripted into the army. Despite the bravery of the soldiers it is apparent that the government are losing. There are rumours that the French, who are much more technically advanced that the English, have supplied the rebels with a device called a computer, which is allowing them to spread intelligence imperceptibly. The major, Harker, remembers that Eve has mentioned computers in her ramblings. He releases her from prison and with a small army unit, they move north to try and capture one of these devices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Biceps rather than sci-fi 15 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked this up thinking it was a sci-fi/fantasy novel and was a bit put out to discover it was published by Choc-lit, but I gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised. The premise of a parallel Britain which is impoverished and crippled by civil war is a really good one, and I found the most interesting bits were the descriptions of this world where the general populace are so poor they still rely on horse and cart for transport. However the emphasis was, unfortunately, on the romance between Eve, the girl from "our world" and the muscular Major Harker. Although the couple are quite likable and not the usual helpless, gushing heroine and handsome hero, it does take a tediously long time for them to get together and I would have preferred more detail about what had happened to the alternate Britain than the frequent descriptions of Harker's muscles. If this was re-written as pure sci-fi it would be great, however having said that I did find it very absorbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you could want 24 Aug 2012
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This is my first time writing a book review but I was so impressed by this book that I thought it only right to share.
I read a lot of books but this one caught my attention as it seemed a wonderfully bizarre mixture of Katie Fforde and Terry Pratchett.
I am an addicted reader of romance and I loved the additional,unusual angle of a parallel universe. The characters were likeable but with an edge and the chemistry between the two main characters was evident and well written. You felt their attraction and love grow amongst a Britain that we could never comprehend in normal circumstances but the book encouraged you to accept it without reason and to ponder what would it really be like. I loved appreciating the Britain that we live in today as well as the love between the characters. My only disappointment was that I wanted to see how Will accepted our version of Britain...maybe a sequel?! Could not recommend highly enough. Buy it and ENJOY!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read! 1 April 2011
This paranormal romance is based on an intriguing concept - a parallel world where England is a third world country that's never been an Empire and has lost every war. The people are poor, food is rationed and only the very rich have electricity, phones and cars. And France is a super-power, trying to annex our little island.

From the moment I started reading this, I couldn't put the book down. I was drawn into this strange world straight away and kept turning the pages to find out more. The hero, Harker, is a major in the army, fighting a civil war against those who want to make a coalition with France. He's strong, capable and intelligent - in short, irresistible, despite spending a lot of his time being grumpy. The heroine, Eve, is just what he needs, and the chemistry between them sizzles across the pages. I couldn't wait for them to get together!

I absolutely loved this novel. If you only read one paranormal romance this year - make it this one!
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Had this book filed in favourites and have just 're read it for the second time and loved it every bit as much as the first. I wish the author would write more of the same.
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