Gone with the Windsors by Laurie Graham

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When Maybell Brumby, frisky, wealthy, and recently widowed, quits Baltimore and arrives in London, she finds that her old school chum, Bessie Wallis Warfield, is there ahead of her. Impoverished and ambitious as ever, Wallis is on the make. Hampered by plodding husband number two, but armed with terrific bone structure and a few erotic tricks picked up in China, Wallis sets her sights on the most eligible bachelor in the world: the Prince of Wales, heir to the throne. Maybell, with her deep pockets, makes the perfect ally, and her disarming dimness makes her the most delicious chronicler of the scandal that rocked a monarchy and changed the course of history.


About Laurie Graham

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Laurie Graham's nine novels include The Future Homemakers of America and Gone with the Windsors. She lives in Venice, Italy.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 430 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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No judge of character, Maybell abets Wally as she pursues the prince, who everybody but Maybell recognizes is a simpleton unsuited to the throne.

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The diary entries of shallow and oblivious Baltimore socialite Maybell Brumby comprise Graham's fourth novel, which explores the fictional lives of intimates involved in the 1936 abdication of King Edward VIII.

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There has been some recent interest in the controversial romance between King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom and the woman he gave the throne up for, Wallis Simpson.

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And the poor Prince of Wales belongs in a psychiatric textbook under "pathological emotional neediness."Because Maybell's sister, Violet, is married to a well-connected Scottish lord, Maybell gets to hear on an almost daily basis what the British upper class really think of that dreadful American...

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Historical Novel Society

Written in diary form covering the years 1932 to 1946, these entries document the life of the fictional, recently widowed Maybell Brumby, Baltimore heiress and close friend of Wallis Simpson, the woman whose relationship with King Edward VIII led him to abdicate the throne.

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