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The UnTied Kingdom (Choc Lit) by [Johnson, Kate]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1781 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (15 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004URV5SA
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By Beadyjan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2012
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I'd seen this book reviewed and liked the concept, I love the idea of time travel. So when I saw it on kindle for only 99p I snapped it up.

It's from the folks at Choc-lit so I was expecting romance - I think this is about one of THE most romantic love stories I've ever read.

It begins when Eve, a has been celebrity, ex member of a girl band is taking part in a show something like "I'm a celebrity get me out of here" and has to paraglide above the River Thames, but the jump goes wrong and she plummets into the water - to find she has somehow fallen through a hole into another London. Pulled from the murky waters of the river she finds herself in a parallel England currently at war where only the very rich have any kind of technology and where she is suspected of being a spy. When she tries to explain herself what she says sound completely bonkers so they decide as it can't be proven that she's a spy she must be insane and lock her up in an asylum!

Then she meets Major Will Harker, he's rough, tough grubby and grumpy and determined to find out just what it is Eve's hiding and the 2 are destined to clash and misunderstand each other time and time again whilst being physically attracted to each other.

What ensues is a paranormal romance of a different kind, a passionate love story and a clash of worlds and cultures as well as 2 minds fighting not to be drawn towards each other in a love that's doomed to be hopeless.

Theres a lot of fighting and military events but somehow it all just works really really well. I'm not usually much of a fan of paranormal romances but this is so refreshingly different. As in most Choc-lit romances we are treated to the male perpective as well as the female and this helps us get inside the mind of Will as well as Eve.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2015
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This book was an unexpected delight which kept me glued to the page because I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen next.

Eve is a pop star whose career has nosedived and whose money has been misappropriated by others including her mother. She is taking part in a TV reality event which seems designed to humiliate her when she surprisingly falls into an alternate world. This Britain is a country at war with itself and particularly with France. It is very much the poor relation in Europe and luxuries are thin on the ground. The class system is intact but the royal family have fled to America - no one has heard of the Beatles. In this world Major Will Harker treats Eve as a spy until it turns out that she may be able to help them because she understands something called computers which the enemy has but the British don't.

This is an amazingly clever and simple idea and the author has created a totally believable alternate Britain. The author used every opportunity to show the differences in the two worlds and how privileged Eve has been even though she doesn't feel like that. There are also lots of entertaining moments of mutual misunderstanding. Major Harker and his group are engaging and totally believable characters as are so many of the people that they meet on their mission. This is a cruel and harsh world and the author shows clearly how all the characters are in jeopardy - there are always casualties in war. It is very possible that Eve will not return from her adventure.

Although the scene setting is good and the book is written in a witty way, what really makes this story engaging to me is the characters and particularly the growing love between Major Harker and Eve.
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By Isobel Henry-Rufus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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