Wallis in Love by Andrew Morton
The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy

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Among the most interesting subplots of the book are the cross-purposes at the core of Edward and Wallis’s relationship.
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For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne.

"You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance." -Wallis Simpson

Before she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis's first words as recalled by her family were "me, me." From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation.
In WALLIS IN LOVE, acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she transformed from a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine. Using diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records, Morton takes us through Wallis's romantic adventures in Washington, China, and her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London society. During her journey, we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the king of England, Edward VIII.
WALLIS IN LOVE goes beyond Wallis's infamous persona and reveals a complex, domineering woman striving to determine her own fate and grapple with matters of the heart.
 

About Andrew Morton

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Andrew Morton is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking biography Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as was Monica's Story, an authorized biography of Monica Lewinsky, and Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year, his other New York Times bestsellers include an unauthorized biography of Madonna, as well as William & Catherine: Their Story. He lives in London. 
 
Published February 13, 2018 by Grand Central Publishing. 401 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Nov 13 2017

Wallis never got her grand wedding, and Edward was cut off from pretty much everything and everyone British. One can easily project what sort of life they lived and the pathetic ends they met. Interesting tittle-tattle for royal watchers.

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Reviewed by CRAIG BROWN on Feb 24 2018

Most of the rest of Morton’s information is third-hand...Small wonder that this particular tale has remained untold for so long; it is unlikely to be retold.

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Reviewed by Robert Collison on Feb 16 2018

Among the most interesting subplots of the book are the cross-purposes at the core of Edward and Wallis’s relationship.

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Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott on Feb 16 2018

Morton, a vibrant and highly acclaimed biographer, has made as much of this fairy-tale-gone-awry as it warrants, filling it with pertinent historical information and sanguine observations from friends and sharp-eyed acquaintances of the unhappy pair.

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