As the world mourns the loss of Diana, Princess of Wales, one young woman uncovers a forgotten story of passion, betrayal, and a scandal surrounding the British crown in this unforgettable novel by the bestselling author of The Secret Wife.
Two women who challenged the Crown.
Divided by time. Bound by a secret...
1911: When fifteen-year-old Mary Kirk meets Wallis Warfield at summer camp, she’s immediately captivated by her fearless, brazen, and self-assured personality. And Wallis has a way with the boys who are drawn to her like moths to a flame. Though Mary’s family isn’t crazy about her new best friend, she steadfastly stands by her side—even years later when they’re adults and rumors swirl about Wallis and her reckless behavior with none other than the Prince of Wales. But when Mary’s loyalty to Wallis comes into question, their friendship will be put to the ultimate test.
1997: After a romantic proposal in Paris, Rachel and her fiancé Alex are in a cab when suddenly the car ahead crashes. They’re stunned to learn Princess Diana is in the car. By the wreckage, Alex finds a heart pendant with an engraved letter “J” and Roman numerals XVII and gives it to Rachel to hold. Haunted by the crash and Diana’s subsequent death, Rachel is intrigued when she discovers that Di had visited the last home of Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the accident. Eventually, the revelation of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world...
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About the Author
Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in relatively recent history. She has written two novels about the last Russian royal family: The Secret Wife, published in 2016, which tells the story of cavalry officer Dmitri Malama and Grand Duchess Tatiana, the second daughter of Russia’s last tsar; and The Lost Daughter, published in October 2018, that tells of the attachment Grand Duchess Maria formed with a guard in the house in Ekaterinburg where the family was held from April to July 1918.
Gill’s other novels include Another Woman’s Husband, about links you may not have been aware of between Wallis Simpson, later Duchess of Windsor, and Diana, Princess of Wales; Women and Children First, about a young steward who works on the Titanic; The Affair, set in Rome in 1961–62 as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fall in love while making Cleopatra; and No Place for a Lady, about two Victorian sisters who travel out to the Crimean War of 1854–56 and face challenges beyond anything they could have imagined.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great read. Fascinating depiction of Diana.
I did not want to like this book thinking it was a piece of fluff, but I did. It is the story of Wallis Smpson and Mary Kirk--real characters. The story of Princess Diana was not credible. The author tied the lives of these women together in an interesting fashion, though I did not read anything new about Diana or Wallis. I had never read about Mary Kirk heretofore. The fictitious characters made the read tedious. On and on the love affair between Rachel and Alex went. Why did they even want to marry when she was critical of him and he indifferent to her? Why four stars, one might ask? The author's writing mechanics were excellent. She made me think. When an author makes a reader think, it is a good read. Thank you, Ms. Paul, for a good read.
I love the British monarchy, so I was curious about this story about Wallis Simpson and Princess Diana. This story has two narratives, one that begins in the early twentieth century and another that begins in 1997, with Diana’s death. The narratives do not focus directly on the two women. The first narrative is about Mary, a friend of Wallis Simpson. The second is about Rachel, a woman who witnessed the crash that killed Diana. Rachel’s boyfriend produces a documentary about Diana’s death, so they have to investigate the crash and the end of her life. I liked how the story didn’t tell the women’s stories directly, but instead it is told through the eyes of people who watched them, either personally or publicly. The two stories were also tied together to make the narratives complete, though the connection between the women was fictional. I also liked that there was an explanation of the historical facts at the end of the book. When I read historical fiction, I’m always curious to see what events really happened and what was made up for the book. A lot of this book was made up from facts, though parts that I suspected were fiction, because they made the narrative complete, were made up.
Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul offers the reader insights into the lives of Wallis Warfield and Princess Diana. The story is told in in split time periods, the first part of twentieth century and the end of the twentieth century. I enjoyed reading about the unusual lives they led and the widespread effects of their lives on others. Loved the well researched historical rumors and facts about the time periods. I thought the storyline with Rachel and Alex was not quite complete and needed a little more. My thanks to the Author, Harper Collins Publishers and Goodreads for an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.
I found this book engrossing and so well researched. The primary thrust of the novel is the friendship between Wallis and Mary. The author captures the drama of their friendship in their own words relying heavily on Wallis' own memoir. As always, I had to read more to see just what was fact vs fiction. Yes, Diana really did visit Wallis' home hours before her death. And yes, Wallis did receive flowers regularly from a Nazi. And I discovered that Wallis was born just 15 miles from me in what used to be a little mountain resort town! An interesting look at how an American woman changed the course of the British monarchy before there was Meghan.