Describing the experiences of British women as nannies and governesses in royal households is an original topic. It promises much of interest, particularly glimpses into the normality or otherwise of 19th and early 20th century royal families. The author has certainly done extensive research into the biographies of these women, and mentions some fascinating detail. There is one great failing in this book and that is the structure of the chapters and illogical progression of the topic. The author will talk about one nanny (e.g. Kate Fox working for the Crown Princess of Greece) and then skip to another one in Russia, before adding one more paragraph on Kate Fox, and then starts about a new nanny entirely, all within the space of a single page. There are no royal family trees in the book, and the author tries to highlight relationships between the royal employers in a very convoluted way.
In short, it was a very confusing read. Too many names, too much jumping around in topic and no sense of a coherent thread.
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