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William at 40

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I take great interest in all that is royal, anyone wanting an update, this biography is perfect!
The future of both the monarchy and William’s position as king are fully investigated. This book does a brilliant job of reviewing the details of William’s life to date. As heir to the throne, William is deserving of the genuine respect shown to his lifelong  responsibilities. 
I would highly recommend this book, I think that the author has all royal newsworthy events covered! 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book and congratulations to the author for this well researched book!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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With thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for a free ARC in return for my review.

I really don't know what the point of this book is, yes, William is 40! But I couldn't actually find any new information about William that I didn't already know, there are hundreds of books about the Royal's and this book of the possible King for our country had very little new information to offer me. 

There has been books about Harry and Meghan's withdrawal from Royal life that has more new information about William in it than this book actually does and I understand that William is a private man and perhaps doesn't want to live his life through the press like Harry so I value that, just don't feel there is much of a book to be read here!
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I was lucky to receive a copy of William at 40 by Robert Jobson and NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion.  Anything about the Royal Family intrigues me and I couldn't wait to read this.  This book really talks about the life of William and all the trials and tribulations he has been through.  If you love anything Royal, you will really enjoy this book
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This book starts with Charles and Diana’s wedding and the sad aftermath. Diana’s pain and tears at Charles’s love for Camilla led her to confide in William and he, in turn, tried to comfort her.  This was a lot of responsibility for his young shoulders.

Diana loved to take her boys on a quiet getaway vacation, but keeping journalists and photographers away was almost impossible.

Of the two boys, William was more the rule follower, while Harry was the rule breaker.  We also see how strong both boys were when their mother died.

The story follows William’s time at college and his relationship with Kate (Catherine).  He wanted to have some time to do things he wanted before taking on his royal duties.  He also needed to join several branches of the military and do his time there.  He and Kate kept their relationship although it was hard for her.  Finally, when they were 28, their engagement was announced and they married.  Kate fitted right in with the royal family and took to her duties very well.

Next comes her pregnancies and the difficulties she had with severe morning sickness.

We then go on to the Meghan and Harry show that exposes even more of her erratic behavior and embarrassment for the British royal family.  

All in all, I enjoyed this book immensely and hope that readers will read it and absorb the fact that the Royal family is hard working and want only the best for their people and the entire world.  Well done.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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William at 40 by Robert Jobson was a very interesting read and well-written look at William's life. If you love the Royals this is a book for you. Now, who doesn't just love William!? William, first born son of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer. and is second in line to the British throne. What a great future ahead of him. 

I recommend this book.
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My thanks to NetGalley and Ad Lib Publishers for a copy of “ William At 40” for an honest review.

I recall how emotional I felt seeing Prince William and his younger brother, as children ,walking behind his mothers coffin and this book shows the decent sort of man he has become.
.He appears to have matured into a  future king , who has the right sense of duty, , but also the empathy that his mother had.
I thought the book gave a balanced look into his upbringing and a made for a very interesting read
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#netgalleyarc A decent biography. It was interesting to read about the Prince’s childhood and hear “his” side of the “break up of the Fab Four.”  Not something I’ll purchase for my library but I did enjoy this book.
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I have always loved reading and learning more about the royal family. This book was a great book learning about William who is a prince, son, husband, brother and father. This book was hard to put down on our beach trip! I highly recommend this book to all those who love following the royal family.
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The timing of this book makes a lot of sense. William’s 40th birthday paired with the Platinum Jubilee that will undoubtedly highlight the future of the monarchy pull him even further into the spotlight this year, and this book capitalises on that. This is a thorough biography that looks at William’s life through the specific lens of being king in the future.

If you have read any other of the major William biographies, I don’t know that this one will offer a great deal of new information. However, I would still recommend it because I think that Jobson covers newer events well, such as the Covid pandemic and the aftermath of the Oprah interview. (Very different but notable events for the British Royal Family…) I think that these events will be crucial when we look back in 5, 10, 20 years, and are worth looking at.

Interestingly, if you know Robert Jobson, you will know that he is pretty firmly in “Camp Charles”. And as such I expected that he would be fairly sympathetic to him throughout. However, Charles doesn’t actually feature that much, and Jobson is neutral when he does. This is an up-to-date and thorough biography of the second-in-line to the throne, and worth picking up!
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I found this an insightful read about William the future king of England.  This is the definitive account – insightful and nuanced – of the life of the Duke of Cambridge as he approaches his milestone birthday. Jobson explores the complex character of the man who will one day reign as King William V. It is the story of the making of a king for our times.  Lots of things I never previously knew and I recommend this fine book.
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A good read. I just didn't think this book covered anything new that I didn't already know. Wished the book talked more about Diane and Harry. Thanks for letting me review!
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Felt neutral on this book  as large parts weren't about William at all dealing with charles/diana and later problems with Harry. It was an okay read overall.
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I found this an interesting book although I didn’t feel that I learned anything that hadn’t already been covered in recent press.
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is destined one day to be king. Determined to serve his country as his grandmother, the Queen has so selflessly done for seven decades, William is the epitome of a loving husband to Catherine, and a devoted father to their three children: George, Charlotte and Louis.

In public, William appears calm, balanced and determined. He is passionate about safeguarding the environment and helping to protect species under threat of extinction. The Duke and his wife have also worked tirelessly to remove the stigma that continues to mark mental health problems.

In private, however, those close to him say that William, while being a dedicated servant of the Crown can defy his calm, family-guy public demeanour.

This is the definitive account – insightful and nuanced – of the life of the Duke of Cambridge as he approaches his milestone birthday. Jobson explores the complex character of the man who will one day reign as King William V. It is the story of the making of a king for our times.

“William At 40” by Robert Johnson is an entertaining and enlightening look into the life of our future King William V. I adore the Royal Family and would consider myself a Royalist - I love what the Royal Family means to our country. William is such a lovely man - always so gracious and I hope I live long enough to see him crowned King! I love the values that he has and his determination for preservation and all the various causes he puts his hands to. He reminds me a lot of his late mother. I’m intrigued as to the type of person he is in private, away from the scrutiny of the public - after all, he is human and is bound to be frustrated by many things people generally are. Whilst I understand that his passage in life might be relatively more comfortable than that of his ordinary subjects, he has had a lot to deal with from a very young age and yet he has evolved into a rather lovely human being. Long live the King (when it comes!). 

My thanks to NetGalley and to the publisher for providing an arc in exchange for an unbiased review.
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William at 40 is the story of William, first born son of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer. 

I enjoy books on the Royal Family. This one is no exception. This book about William starts with the history of Charles and Diana. You can not have this story without including them. There is so much history, good and bad shared is this book. The monarchy itself has evolved for centuries to stay the same and yet it has changed with the times as it must in order to stay relevant. It has to be ever changing in spite of those that resist change. 

After the Duke of Windsor abdication it was so important to carry on for the stability of the monarchy. Everything stayed the same even after Queen Elizabeth came to the throne. She has done much for the continuation but had to change in small ways during her rule. Because Charles is his mother's son he will rule much the same way as his mother due to the time period he was raised and his age. He was a forward thinker for his time, but not to the degree that of William. We have his mother to thank for much of that. It was important to her for her sons to see that they must see the world from outside the walls of the monarchy in order to understand the people and the Commonwealth they will serve. But they also were impacted by her life and death, the causes she believed in became an important springboard for the causes that are important to them now.

William spent a lot of time being mentored by the Queen about the monarchy, the life of duty and service to others is their calling in life. After watching his parents in a loveless marriage it was so important for him to choose a woman who would truly understand what was required to live this particular life. In Catherine he has found a crown jewel. She knows when to shine and when to stand beside and sometimes behind William, the future King. Because of all this combined knowledge and experiences William is the hope for the future. He is the best of his parents, grandparents, and prior generations. He has big ideas and expectations for his role in this world. 

There is a lot of history about members of his family some we have known and some new information. Much of it can be seen as a recap of sorts but it truly is so much more than that. I felt as if the story was building and I was so caught up in the telling of it. I so look forward to seeing William as King and what he can accomplish.

I received an ARC from NetGalley for an unbiased review.
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I received an ARC of, William at 40, by Robert Johnson.  I really was looking forward to this book but its a dud.  The book does not paint Princess Diana in the best light. Also, it just seemed to have cobbled together stories.
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Wonderful behind the scenes look at William how his personality makes those close to him at ease. From his mother and her first steps in royal life he takes his down to earth attitude. He’s known his life is mapped out since birth but try’s to put his own mark on it. This is a book well worth picking up if you wish to know more of the story not just the little excerpts in newspapers.
  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I haven't read any novels about the Royal family and I found that Robert Jobson's novel does a good job highlighting what has happened with the family over the last 40 years. 

Even though this was a novel about William, the stories of Charles and Diana and Harry and Meghan did take up a chunk of the book. I liked how the novel includes recent events including the aftermath of the Oprah interview. 

The novel read to me more of a summary and unbiased recount of William's life so far. I don't think that this novel had any new information that royal watchers will go crazy for. 

Thank you to Netgallery and Ad Lib Publishers for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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William at 40 is Royal gossip galore.  Robert Jonson has done for the children of Charles and Diana and their spouses what Kitty Kelly did for the family members of Elizabeth and Philip some 30 years before.  Readers get a rehash of the disaster that was right up to the disaster that currently is…the Sussexes…in case anyone reading this has been living under a rock!  The true heroine in this story is Catherine Middleton, unflappable, grounded and a consort who never disappoints.  If you are any kind of Royal watcher you should enjoy the good, bad and ugly tidbits within, and hope that William’s coronation comes sooner rather than later.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.  Highly recommend.
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I found William at 40 difficult to get into. It is advertised as a biography of Prince William as he turns 40 but large swathes of the book go into great detail about almost anyone EXCEPT William himself!!! For instance the first 25% off the book was about Charles and Diana with William seemingly mentioned as an after thought here and there!

I did like how there was no blaming or favouritism shown about Diana, Charles or later Harry and Megan.

It was interesting to hear about events we all remember from a different perspective.

Overall, although not quite what I expected, this is worth a read for any royal follower.
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