Edward VIII became notorious for abandoning the throne for Mrs Simpson, but in the summer of 1911 he was a prince straight from the pages of a fairy-tale. Raised by the harsh disciplinarian King George V and his unfeeling Queen Mary, the prince longed for the warmth that had been deprived of him.
The high society Houghton girls' lives however, were full of fun, both at their magnificent family seat Snowberry, and at the whirlwind of glamorous parties which punctuated their lives. When a moment of serendipity brings Edward and Lily Houghton together, the pressures of a stuffy court are replaced with the lightness that Edward has dreamt of.
But a future monarch could not choose his own Queen, and even an enduring love might falter under the furious gaze of a King. Could the devotion of Edward and Lily triumph against him and the impending doom of World War I? Or would they bow to the inevitable and set in train events that could bring down the Crown, and change the course of history forever?
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A more plausible storyline, or at least a lot less of the Mills&Boon. This has been likened to the works of Philippa Gregory. Well, both authors write fictional accounts of the lives of historical characters. That's where the similarity ends. I've got about four hours left to go, and I'm not sure I'm going to make it. Romance is one thing, but this is just unbelievable, soupy nonsense. Edward VIII, and the period in question, are both fascinating and rich in character and history. This book is a Harlequin novel with the British royal family thrown in. The actual facts, like Bertie's stammer, were laboured to death. The scenes where George V was reflecting on various things were ludicrous. If you're looking for a flimsy romance novel with a few historical characters thrown in, you may enjoy this. If you like a little history with your historical fiction, tread carefully.
A note on the narrator ... I think she did a fair job given the quality of the material, however, there were a lot of mispronunciations: saverich for Tsarevich, the word "says" always rhyming with "days", all with a frequency which I found grating.
Have somebody else research and write it.
Disappointment for sure. I've had this book on my wish list for a long time. You can probably guess that I've discreetly removed any other Rebecca Deans from my list.
might be a decent YA novel (for royalists)
- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."