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Wallis: A Novel by Anne Edwards, review

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ABOUT THE BOOK

What was it about Wallis Simpson that made Edward VIII give up his throne?

The twice-married Southern Belle was neither rich nor beautiful.

Yet somehow, she managed to capture the heart of a British king.

Was Wallis just a proud and wildly ambitious manipulator, willing to use the men she loved as stepping stones to riches and success?

Or was she a courageous and sympathetic survivor, bravely struggling for self-esteem and the world’s respect?

More than anything Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, was an unforgettable heroine.

Marriage at eighteen, as a vivacious Southern belle, taught her what it is to be an abused wife; her second marriage, to the oh-so-English Ernest Simpson, saved her from her extraordinary past and led her to an even more extraordinary future.

But the Baltimore Belle has a battle ahead of her.

Not only does Wallis have to contend with the icy reception of some of the prince’s inner circle and the increasing press frenzy, but she has to win the trust of the British people in a society where divorce is frowned upon.

And when George V dies and the prince becomes King, the love that the young monarch feels for Wallis creates a constitutional crisis, urging him to make a decision which will change the course of British history.

Far more than a portrait, more telling than a biography, ‘Wallis: The Novel’ brings Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, vividly to life.

A gripping work of historical fiction of an enigmatic and mysterious American woman breaking into the British limelight.

MY REVIEW

WALLIS: THE NOVEL by Anne Edwards was originally published in 1991 (re-released in November of 2015) and is the story of Bessie Wallis Warfield, better known as Wallis Simpson.  The book begins with her childhood and takes the reader on an interesting journey until we ultimately see her become Duchess of Windsor.  Unfortunately, that’s where the story ends.  I was really looking forward to learning about her life after Edward – from what I understand it was a lonely period for her.  Other than the disappointment with the ending, I enjoyed the book quite a lot.  I’m not going to pretend I know it was completely factual because I don’t know a lot about Wallis or Edward.  But, I was quite fascinated with the character of Wallis in this book.  She knew what she wanted and went for it.  More often than not, she got it, too.  Despite the length of the book (Goodreads has it down at 432 pages), it was a quite and easy read.  Anne Edwards usually writes biographies and I was worried that WALLIS may read like one, but I was pleasantly surprised.  She captured the era and the woman perfectly, making the Duchess, I think, a sympathetic character.

With romance and intrigue and a strong female character, I give , WALLIS: THE NOVEL, a fictionalized look at Wallis Simpson’s rise up the social ladder, 4 stars ****

*I received an e-copy of this book from Endeavor Press via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*

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