Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean

Raised by her widowed mother and provided for by her rich paternal uncle, Bessiewallis Warfield lives a life of privilege in Baltimore. Headstrong Bessie attends elite boarding schools populated by the Ton Children and is expected to make a marvelous marriage. Wallis spends her days dreaming of boys and trying to survive "poverty". In her teens, Wallis suffers a brutal heartbreak and soon after marries a dashing pilot with a reputation as a lady's man. The marriage falls apart, but teaches Wallis to be independent. Wallis' independence take her to China and Britain. Wallis marries a British Businessman and begins socializing with royalty in London. Wallis is determined to find her true destiny, with a King for a lover.

I am largely unfamiliar with the extraordinary life of the Duchess of Windsor. I know the rumors, but who was the woman? I was apprehensive about this book, but my fears were totally unfounded. Wallis is a enigmatic woman. Her magnetic character draws in both the reader and the secondary characters. Wallis is a walking conundrum. Though intelligent, she is often flippant and naive. Her boyish looks ooze sexuality. She uses others around her as stepping stones, but seems concerned about their welfare. Though Wallis' life is rough, she is determined to outshine those around her.

I highly recommend this book to those who wish to learn more about Wallis Simpson. The sequel will follow Wallis' romance with Edward.

I have a copy up for grabs. US Only, and you must follow my blog to enter. Giveaway ends 9/20/12. Good luck.


  1. I definitely want to read this one. I'm fascinated by the whole abidication story. Wallis has never really seemed that endearing to me. I'd love to see another side of her, which it seems you might get from this book!


  2. Great review, Allison! I would love to read this, thanks for the giveaway!