ARC Review of The Shadow Queen: A Novel of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Rebecca Dean

13 Sep


FTC Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.

The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean.

Summary from the back cover of the book: Born into a poor southern family but taken in by rich relatives, Wallis Simpson was raised as a socialite. Between debutante balls and family conflict, she and her friends dream of their future husbands, and like millions of girls worldwide, fantasize about Prince Edward, the heir to the British throne who would someday be king. Mixing fact with fiction, beloved author Rebecca Dean imagines the early life of Wallis Simpson, and the making of the twice divorced, nearly destitute woman who captured a king’s heart and changed the course of history. Set against a background of high society, royal circles, and diplomatic intrigue, The Shadow Queen features one of the most fascinating and controversial women of the twentieth century.

I really enjoy historical fiction. The only problem is that whenever I read historical fiction I feel a strong urge to find a non-fiction version of the story so I can get the “real” story.

The Shadow Queen is an engaging read that gave me a new appreciation for Wallis Simpson. Dean paints a colorful picture of the early 19th Century and the people of that time. Though I enjoyed the book, I have to admit that I was disappointed with the ending. If you are looking for a story about Wallis Simpson’s relationship with King Edward this isn’t the story. The Shadow Queen covers Wallis birth up until she actually meets Edward for the first time. Perhaps Dean has plans for a sequel? If so I would certainly add it to my to be read pile.

All in all a good, entertaining read.

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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


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