ABOUT THE BOOK
‘Downton with dance, perfect’ Santa Montefiore
As war is declared once more, a shadow falls over Britain. The staff at the luxurious Buckingham hotel must do all that they can to keep their important guests happy, but behind the scenes they are scared. Away from the glitz and the glamour of the ballroom they must face this new reality.
Newlywed Nancy knows that her brave husband, debonair dancer Raymond de Guise will want to fight for his country and enlist. She loves and supports him but is heartbroken at the thought of them being apart, and the dangers he will face.
With a new hotel manager at the helm, no one knows what the future holds but as fashionable society retreats from London and staff depart to sign up for service, one thing is for certain; life at the Buckingham will never be the same again . . .
What a lovely series this is. I easily waltzed back into the lives of the people who worked at the Buckingham Hotel in Mayfair. But for the chambermaids to the dancers that entertained the guests, everything was about to change as the country needed its able-bodied men to take up arms and fight in the war against Germany. The Buckingham would say goodbye to some of them, as they wouldn’t all be coming home.
Because so many men had gone to war, the women had to do more than they had ever before. Courage takes on my disguises when the reputation of the Buckingham is compromised.
The characters have never felt more real than they do in this story. It is in the latter part of the book that a glimpse of the war takes place. The evacuation of British troops at Dunkirk and heartbreaking scenes made for tearful reading as some of the stories are told.
The war affected so many people in different ways. It at times caused problems among the staff, because they did not know how to deal with loved ones being away. Like most families, and they were a family, when it came down to it, they would be there for each other always. A beautifully written story of characters that I have grown to know and love.
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ANTON DU BEKE, household name and all-round entertainer, brings the charm and style he’s famous for to his writing.
Anton is one of the most instantly recognisable TV personalities today, best known for his role on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which he has featured on since its inception in 2004. His debut album reached the Top 20, and his annual sell-out tours have been thrilling dance fans in theatres nationwide for over a decade.