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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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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: #217,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Beadyjan TOP 500 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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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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From the first page, I loved Eve; suffering, but no-nonsense, vulnerable, but determined to escape her terrible situation. As for Major Harker, fabulously grumpy. A dystopian world, the middle of a civil war, a wonderful array of supporting characters - the ultra loyal colleague, the ex-wife commander, the cruel enemy, the traitor - and the mad mission and a tense resolution. It's all there, and it doesn't disappoint.
Highly recommended.
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I probably should make it up to the family after ignoring them all day while I read this, but I couldn't put it down. Engaging characters and an interesting alternative world.
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I picked this up because I like this sort of parallel world SF, and was slightly surprised to find it was actually a romance. However, as everyone else has said, the result is an excellent read and the author brings these two genre together brilliantly (thus,presumably, doubling her potential audience).

No need to go over the plot too much, as every other reviewer has covered it pretty well - other than to say that the most obvious debt here is much less to Terry Pratchett and much more to Philip Pullman. Parallel worlds accessed via a gateway, a romance between people from the two worlds, a leading protagonist called Will... need one say more?

And yes there are niggles - the massive unlikelihood that "our world's" royal succession would have continued unaffected by the lack of protestant reformation being the major elephant in the room, a throw-away joke that jars pretty badly compared with all of the rest which is historically pretty plausible.

Beyond that the characters are pretty good - I rather preferred Daz to the Major, and Charlie is rather likeable, and clearly gay (isn't she?) - and the idea of an army with women in equal positions very interesting.

Overall a very different and very good read. Recommended.
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I love, love, love, love, loved this book! If I could give it more stars, I would.

An absolutely fantastic read from the very first words. Basic story outline; Eve carpenter is an ex-popstar, and after taking part in a paragliding stunt for a TV show, she falls into the river Thames and subsequently finds herself in a parallel world. She is still in England, but England is a third world country. They are in the middle of a civil war (and losing, badly) and they have to ration food, tobacco, clothes, and only the richest families have the luxuries in life; those being electricity, cars, telephones and computers. When Eve is rescued from the Thames by Will Harker, her world is turned upside down when she is suspected of being a spy. However, when Major (Will) Harker gets sent on a secret mission, it turns out that Eve is his only way forward. She knows stuff that can help then get one up on the enemy. Harker thinks Eve is mad, Eve thinks she is mad, but they both begin to fall for eachother - which has some devastating results.

An amazing love story with characters that were made so real, I felt like I was there with them. The battle scenes were fantastic and written in such detail. The sexual tension between the two characters was written so well, I felt so frustrated for the both of them whenever they couldn't go further. I was willing them to just shut up and get together!

Eve is a wonderfully refreshing character. She gives Harker a run for his money and stands up to him, something noone else does. She knows how to pull his strings and wind him up. And Harker, is quite simply, delicious! Yes he is moody, and grumpy, and sometimes lacks a sense of humour, but he is also sexy, and mysterious and so, so loyal.

Kate has written this book perfectly.
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