I’m really thrilled to be on the blog tour for this fantastic book.
From the #1 bestselling author of The Secret Wife comes a gripping novel that commences with the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and journeys back to the fascinating world of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. ‘A triumph’ Dinah Jefferies on The Secret Wife by Gill Paul
Two women who challenged the Crown.
Divided by time. Bound by a secret…
At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.
Rachel’s romantic break in Paris with her fiancé ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world…
Richly imagined and beautifully written, ANOTHER WOMAN’S HUSBAND is a gripping, moving novel about two women thrust into the spotlight, followed by scandal, touched by loss.
My Thoughts & Review
I became completely absorbed in this book right from the start. As a fan of anything vintage, particularly clothing from the 20s- 30’s and someone who is fascinated by the lives of both Wallis Simpson and Princess Diana, this book ticked a lot of boxes for me. I drooled over the descriptions of vintage outfits and fashion houses during the era of Wallis Simpson’s early life. I loved how cleverly the author went backwards and forwards in time and kept me engrossed right until the very end.
The book begins in 1997 and takes us back to the tragic accident in a Paris underpass that killed Princess Diana.
The story goes smoothly backwards and forwards in time throughout the book, at first going back to the early girlhood years of the life of Wallis Simpson and telling her story in the form of letters to her old friend Mary Kirk and then back again to the life of Rachel a vintage clothing shop owner and her documentary film-maker fiancé Alex. Both were travelling in a car not far behind that of the Princess on that fateful night in August 1997.
The story then takes us through the relationships of Wallis Simpson with both Mary Kirk, her old friend, her second husband Ernest Simpson and Edward the Prince of Wales who was briefly King but whose abdication from the throne in 1936 caused a constitutional crisis at the time. Edward gave up the throne because he couldn’t have the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson a divorced woman, by his side.
It’s easy to draw superficial comparisons between both Wallis Simpson and Diana Princess of Wales. Both women wore beautiful clothes and were fashion icons within their own time period. Both were married to a Prince of Wales, both reviled by certain establishment figures who accused them of almost bringing down the monarchy. Where Wallis Simpson was concerned though she became something of a hate figure in the eyes of the public after the abdication of the King and Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles remained and remains to this day a much loved figure whose death had a profound effect on the nation, almost as a whole. Both women retain a fascination for modern day historians and members of the media who rake over the embers of their lives from time to time trying to bring us new ‘revelations’.
In this book and using well researched facts from first hand accounts and primary sources, the author very cleverly and tastefully weaves an intriguing tale in this fiction taken from fact story that somehow albeit briefly, interweaves the lives of two of the most iconic women from the 20th Century. But that isn’t the whole story. We follow the ups and downs of Rachel and Alex’s relationship in this fascinating book that I can’t rate highly enough.
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