Former Royal Servant Releases Children's Novel About Queen's Ancestors

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When Sabine was a student, she took a job at Balmoral Castle in order to research life in a royal castle. Now, years later, her novel about the Queen's ancestors will be sold to visitors in the Queen's gift shops.

The first in a great new series of Scottish time-slip novels has gone on sale. Librarian Sabine Muir from Ballater, Scotland, who wrote ‘Matthew and the Highland Rescue’, has now been approached by representatives of Queen Elizabeth II from Balmoral Castle’s Estate office. They want to place the novel in the castle gift shops, as the castle and estate will open to the public next week. The story revolves around the Queen’s ancestors: Queen Margaret and King Malcolm III. Sabine worked as a servant for the Royal family when she was a student. Always interested in history, she lived in at Balmoral Castle and worked at the medieval Windsor Castle. She met and married her husband David, who was the Queen’s head horseman and lived on the Balmoral Estate for several years.

Sabine wanted to bring the area's history to life for young readers. The plot revolves around Matthew, who goes to Deeside to stay with relatives but is accidentally transported back to the 11th century where he starts to live some of the area’s history and legends for real. It features the first ever world famous Braemar Highland Games, started by Malcolm III, life in the Castle on Loch Kinord, a visit to Kindrochit Castle in Braemar and a medieval banquet. It also details the murder of the great beast that the king kept as a pet, a haunting of King Macbeth, who was slain in the area and finally the legendary Battle of Monandawan.

The story, which has a modern humorous slant, is well researched and informative and is already receiving positive reviews, which can be read on her website.

Matthew and the Highland Rescue, ISBN 1413759165 is published by PublishAmerica and is available through all bookstores and online bookshops.

Sabine Muir can be reached on 011441339755916.


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