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

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A king would abdicate his throne for her in one of the world’s great love stories – but who was Wallis Simpson?

   Born into a poor southern family but taken in by rich relatives, Wallis Simpson was raised as a socialite. Between family conflicts and debutante balls, she and her friends dream of their future husbands, and like millions of girls worldwide, dream of Prince Edward, the heir to the British throne who would someday be king. Beloved author Rebecca Dean imagines the early life of Wallis Simpson, her triumphs and heartbreaks, 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 20th century.

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 August 14, 2012 by Broadway Books. 434 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dean’s mechanical retread of Wallis Simpson’s life focuses on the famous divorcée prior to her relationship with King Edward. This unusual choice offers an opportunity to unpack Wallis’s transformatio

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A blend of fact and fiction, Dean's novel is an entertaining read for royal watchers but is marred by occasionally predictable plotting.

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Before she was the beloved of King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, before he gave up the throne for her, and before she was one of the most vilified women in the world, Wallis Simpson still managed to have an interesting life.

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In truth, this was a tit­il­lating romantic novel, both sex­ually and psy­cho­log­i­cally, but it was not a serious novel for any reader who appre­ciates his­torical fiction closely aligned with his­torical fact.

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