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A House Full of Windsor

(2021)
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A Best Book of July and one of the Best Books of 2021 from PopSugar 
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One of Frolic's 25 Best Books of Summer 


Spanning from 1980s London and the royal wedding of a century to a present-day reality TV show, A HOUSE FULL OF WINDSOR explores how one woman's messy past shapes her family's future.

 
Sarah Percy's career depends on New Yorkers taking her household advice as gospel. "Sarah Says" used to be the most popular segment on the city's top morning show, but ratings are down and it looks like Sarah might not have a tip for everything, after all... especially when her mother gets involved.

Debbie Windsor, Sarah's mother, is a shopaholic and compulsive hoarder, a secret Sarah has worked tirelessly to hide her entire life. Debbie was always fascinated by royalty, but when her real-life love story started to parallel Princess Diana's, she turned to collecting royal souvenirs to fill the void. Leaving her husband's native England and relocating the family to her hometown in Pennsylvania doesn't help the situation, and two decades later the house is a royal mess. Debbie's safety is on the line, but she brushes off any attempts her family makes to help.

When Sarah's brother gets a job on Stuff, a TV show about compulsive hoarding, he nominates their mother for an episode and promises his famous sister's participation. Backed into a corner, Sarah and Debbie agree, but everyone has something at stake whether the episode does or doesn't go off without a hitch. With both family and romantic relationships on the line--including the connection between Sarah and the show's sexy host, and Debbie's budding romance with a local shopkeeper --long-buried secrets and resentment must come to the surface for the family to move on. 

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"One woman's Princess Diana obsession ends up changing her life forever in this clever and heartwarming novel. You don't have to be a royal watcher (as I am!) to love Contino's latest!" - Emily Giffin

"A royally good read about letting go of the past and learning to love again. A House Full of Windsor is a delightful book, stuffed to bursting with gentle humour and nostalgia." - Olivia Hayfield

"When three siblings convince their mother to sign on to a reality show for hoarders, the result is part chaos, part nostalgia, and completely absorbing. Moving seamlessly between a contemporary Philadelphia suburb and Princess Diana's 1980's England, Kristin Contino weaves a poignant, heartwarming tale about the things we hold onto for far too long, and why. This is a curl-up-and-ignore-everything kind of read. I loved it!" - Amy Impellizzeri

"Funny, inventive, and poignant, A House Full of Windsor is a family story which takes an affectionate look at the way the royals can impact the lives of ordinary people." - Clare McHugh

"Written with lightheartedness and wit, A House Full of Windsor offers the reader something different from everything else out there. Pick this one up for a charming and touching weekend read!" - Camille Di Maio

"A House Full of Windsor is chock full of Anglophilic charm, messy but endearing family dynamics, and a dash of romance-- the perfect book for summer. I tore through it!" - Kimmery Martin

"Royal watchers, rejoice! A House Full of Windsor should be cherished like your beloved Princess Diana teacup. Part intervention, part family struggle, Contino is a master at weaving the past and the present together into a must-read multi-generational story of love, redemption, and forgiveness. Highly recommend!" - Jacquelyn Middleton

"Charming from beginning to end. A royal delight!." - Jessica Topper

"With A House Full of Windsor featuring a compulsive shopper, it's fitting that I found myself as a compulsive reader. The themes of family and forgiveness (of yourself and of others) are strong and I'd definitely recommend this novel for anyone in search of a satisfying, feel-good quick read." - Jenni L Walsh

"Such a compelling and nostalgic read. I couldn't put A House Full of Windsor down. Royal watchers will eat this one up with a (commemorative royal wedding) spoon!" - Teri Wilson


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