Jerramy Fine grew up in a small American town, but always dreamed about living in London and marrying a charming Englishman – in her case, it was Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips. She knew, even as a child, she wanted to cross “the pond” and carve out a life in England.
So she did.
Jerramy went out and made her dream come true, and The Regal Rules for Girls is her fun but practical guide about how to do it. She has accomplished everything in this book herself and is now happily married to a charming Englishman (he’s not royal, but she forgives him).
Jerramy is, without a doubt, the consummate expert on an American girl getting to England and living the dream. She’s rubbed shoulders with royalty and has been to Royal Ascot, the Henley Royal Regatta, and more. Jerramy’s adventures in England are chronicled in her memoir Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess. Jerramy encourages girls to follow their dreams and, if getting to England is on your to-do list, she helps you get there.
What To Do, Where To Go
Jerramy explains how to get a visa, and what it involves. Once you’ve obtained that, she provides the details of how to simply survive once you land on English soil.
As a former student and dorm resident at the London School of Economics, Jerramy knows first-hand how to live with very little in less-than-opulent surroundings. Fear not: that doesn’t mean you have to live without class! Keep your pearls on and your manners correct, and you will find success.
Once out and about in good old London, Jerramy, excellent at providing essential lists, explains in detail where to find quality clothing, good food, inexpensive furniture and household items. She also tells you how to get from point A to point B on the Tube, the bus, or a taxi. Jerramy also warns that you need to be aware of the conversion rate between U.S. dollars and British pounds – this is necessary for shopping or traveling.
Once you’re settled with roommates (or flatmates), have found a decent job, and know the best places to eat and socialize, you can concentrate on the task at hand: how to navigate the waters of the upper-class complexities and find your very own English gentleman.
The people Jerramy encounters sound as though they are straight from the classic British TV series “To The Manor Born”, with plummy aristocratic diction and strict adherence to the nuances of language and protocol (it’s fin-nance, not fi-nance). In other words, to mingle successfully with the upper classes, you have to be prepared to play by the rules, and that includes dressing the part and knowing what to say and how to say it, delivered with perfect manners.
From swanky dinners to simple pub hopping, Jerramy explains the rules of dining, flirting, and post-party texts and emails. She points out, however, that you cannot pretend to be something you’re not. Faking an English accent will only embarrass you, so just be yourself. If you want to impress your English friends, throw your American-themed parties. From Halloween dress-ups to Thanksgiving feasts, the English are curious about American traditions and are excited to partake in new and fascinating rituals.
Through it all, Jerramy makes sure to put things into perspective. Strive to live the life of your dreams, but most importantly, take stock in the good things you already have. Keep on dreaming and reaching for the stars, but enjoy who you are and what you have already accomplished.
Jerramy’s books are always full of fun and are refreshing to read. In an age where girls are pushed to employ tacky behavior to get attention, Ms. Fine proves that it’s the classy, timeless girls who have all the fun – without having to sacrifice their dignity.