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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Dang Near Royal by Milan Sergent is a feel-good British comedy. The Gurneys are poor, there’s no two ways about it, and when Derek and Sukie arrive in their limo at the Gurneys' downtrodden doorstep, they come with news that is hard to believe. A reality show producer, Derek tells the Gurneys they are the last known relatives of a British aristocrat and all they have to do is learn to be British aristocrats and convince Lady Pimbledon that they are worthy to inherit. Arriving at Therapon Hall, they soon realize that things are not quite what they seem. With a small staff at the hall, they are soon pushed into helping clean up and repair the place but many are trying to convince them they are nothing more than slaves, part of a human trafficking ring reeled in to take part in a snuff film. Too many things go wrong and Alois Gurney tries to convince Lady Pimbledon that not all is right. When tragedy occurs, everything comes crashing down. Can the Gurneys escape the madness? And what will become of Lady Pimbledon?
Dang Near Royal by Milan Sergent had me in stitches, especially at the start where the American Gurneys are being taught how to speak “proper” British English – “ears” and “fraffly” just made me die with laughter. I’ve read some of Milan’s work in the past and this one didn’t disappoint. This is the deep south meeting stuck-up toffee-nosed Britain and it is comedy at its finest. We get to know the amazing, colorful characters very well and some of them you will really get to know – you’ll soon know whose side you are on! This is more than just a British comedy story though. It’s a story about trying to be something you are not, about learning the hard way that you can’t be and it’s about making the right changes in your life – with a little bit of luck to help you. This is all go right from the first page, a truly down-to-earth comedy with a touch of the bittersweet to it. Milan has written a story that you can only truly appreciate if you understand British humor. I do and I think this would go down a treat as a made-for-TV series in the UK.