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.
Andrew Morton studied history at the University of Sussex, England, with a focus on aristocracy and the 1930s. Morton has written biographies featuring the British Royal Family as well as celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, and Madonna. His bestselling biography of Princess Diana, Diana: Her True Story, met with international acclaim as "the closest we will ever come to her autobiography."
Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy 3.5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
Amazing insight to the inner circle of the royal family.
More than 1 year ago
This advance reader copy was provided by Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley.
Years ago when I still thought that Wallis Simpson and David Windsor were a match made in heaven and soulmates, it was such a romantic vision. It was very disheartening over time to learn that although the former king worshiped the ground Wallis walked on, the twice-divorced American Mrs. Simpson was just looking to become HRH queen at his side. Her whole existence revolved around elevating her social position. In the process, she sacrificed true love. It's not the rags to riches or fairytale story with a beautiful ending.
I already knew this, but chose this book to read solely on the basis of Andrew Morton authoring it. He's famous for writing the explosive tell-all "Diana: Her True Story" that set the English Monarchy on its head back in the nineties. The writing and research was more than adequate. However, my distaste for both the Duke and Duchess of Windsor was never more deep than after reading this particular biography. Wallis truly had no purpose in life other than the superficial: decorating, entertaining, socializing with the elite...and becoming the elite. The former king had no sense of duty to his country and was lacking in any depth. He abdicated his kingdom for a shallow golddigger who had no love and respect for him. All I can say is, England triumphed in the end when they both exiled to France.
A spiritual guidebook to living life through love and connection, not fear and isolation, by
a respected pastor and a frequent guest on Oprah's Soul Series.Reverend Bacon believes that every person can live a full and creative life if they ...
A Heart of GoldSocialite Margaret Vaughn is the wealthiest heiress in London-or so everybody thinks.
Saddled with debt left by her father, she agrees to marry a rich man who can save her family's estate. But when her fiancé turns ...
A Billboard Must-Read Fall 2015 Music Book The first comprehensive biography ever published about America's
favorite living pop icon, Beyoncé, from New York Times bestselling biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli.Beyoncé Knowles is a woman who began her career at the age ...
Police Chief Justin Westwood is content to escape his big-city past in sleepy East End
Harbor, but the brutal murder of a Wall Street shark is about to change all thatnot least because Westwood was in bed with the victim's ...
You'll have to learn to speak, to dress, to conduct yourself as a lady. Sebastian,
the Earl of Moorland, icily intoned his orders to the cockney commoner who eyed him defiantly.Fate had brought the saucy Jewel Combs far from her ...
The New York Times bestselling biography of Meghan Markle, the American actress who won Prince
Harry's heart. Women who smash the royal mold have always fascinated the public, from Grace Kelly to Princess Diana. Now acclaimed royal biographer Andrew Morton, ...
- The author's previous hardcover, Aphrodite (Mysterious Press, 1/04, 0-89296-784-6), received rave reviews. The Warner
mass market edition (3/05) will tie in with MIDAS. Both novels feature Andrews's terrific new hero, Long Island cop Justin Westwood. - Russell Andrews is ...
This laugh-out-loud romantic comedy proves that, when enemies become lovers, all bets are off!Jessa Gibson
may be new in the little town of Granite, Texas, but in no time at all her gourmet food truck business is booming. Soon she'll ...