Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean
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Palace intrigue, romance, and illicit affairs—Rebecca Dean has written a glorious novel that will sweep Philippa Gregory fans off their feet.

Delia Chandler, an eighteen-year-old Southern girl, marries Viscount Ivor Conisborough just before World War II, becoming part of the Windsor court. It’s every girl’s dream come true. But Delia is jolted from her pleasant life when she realizes, after the birth of her two daughters, that Ivor chose her only to bear an heir to his estate. Shortly thereafter, she begins an affair with her husband’s handsome, titled, and frequently scandalous best friend.

When Conisborough is appointed as an adviser to King Fuad of Egypt, Delia exchanges one palace circle for another, far different one. While she sees Egypt as a place of exile, her two daughters regard Egypt as their home. Only when war comes to Cairo—and Delia finally reveals the secret she has kept for so long—can she begin to heal the divisions separating her from those she loves.

Rebecca Dean’s irresistible combination of real events and masterful storytelling will keep readers fascinated until the very last page.

About Rebecca Dean

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REBECCA DEAN is the author of The Palace Circle and The Golden Prince. She was born in Yorkshire, England, and lives in London with her husband and two dogs.
Published March 24, 2009 by Broadway Books. 434 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Southern ingénue turned English viscountess and her daughters weather court intrigue, political unrest, illicit romance and the perils of two world wars in Dean's breathlessly plotted debut.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Palace Circle: A Novel

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From London to Cairo, in the glittery world of high society before WWII, Dean taps into an exotic and distant world in her page-turning debut. After 18-year-old Virginia belle Delia marries older B

Oct 06 2008 | Read Full Review of Palace Circle: A Novel

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It opens before the First World War, is set in London and Cairo (Enemies is set in Yorkshire and Berlin), covers both world wars and features two generations of narrator.

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