A House Full of Windsor

  • Author Kristin Contino
  • Narrator Barrie Kreinik
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 8 hours and 58 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Fiction: general and literary.

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What to expect

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.

Critics Review

  • “Endearing. A House Full of Windsor is a life-affirming novel in which an epic collection of royal memorabilia and a reality show lead a family back toward love.” 

    Foreword Reviews
  • “There’s plenty of genuine humor in the story, not to mention an abundance of love…A spectacular and addictive family tale that’s equal parts charm and depth.”

    Kirkus Reviews
  • “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, author of A Most English Princess
  • “Written with lightheartedness and wit…A charming and touching weekend read.”

    Camille Di Maio, author of The Memory of Us
  • “Contino is a master at weaving the past and the present together into a must-read multigenerational story of love, redemption, and forgiveness.”

    Jacquelyn Middleton, author of Until the Last Star Fades
  • “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.”

    Amy Impellizzeri, author of I Know How This Ends

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