Monday, August 13, 2012

Abdication by Juliet Nicolson

Abdication has such wonderful descriptions of characters as well as scenes, that you can actually see the detail of each… many incredible words put together to make a great picture of the scene, character, or comment.

You will follow boat trips across the ocean carrying two different women from different locations but both ending in London and meeting by chance.  You will meet May, Sam, Evangeline, Wallis, and other family members and friends that are weaved into a beautiful, historical story with delightful characters.

You will learn of life in London in the early 1930's as a person in the "big" house or as a person who works for the "big" house.  If you enjoy this time period and hearing the escapades of both sides, you will thoroughly enjoy Abdication with all its properness of privileged English families as well as the poverty that abounds.  You will definitely learn of British Society and their customs and, of course, the British Royalty.

The book does get a little confusing with so many characters, but it all comes together in this appealing book.
   The ending pages also bring out the start of the horrors and hatreds of the beginning of WWII as well as the story of King Edward VIII.   

I enjoyed this historical book.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in return for an honest review.



  1. I think I'll make a character chart when I read this since it gets confusing. It sounds good to me!

  2. I love a good historical fiction :-)

  3. I do love this time period. I'm like Kathy, I make a character chart, to avoid confusion. Thanks for an interesting review.

  4. I've got this one at home -- started it but hadn't finished it -- but that was more me than the book as I really enjoyed what I had read -- I need to finish!

  5. This sounds like my type of book. Historical fiction set on the bring of WWII. Will add to my TBR pile.

  6. Hi Silver. I'm so glad you found your way to my blog. I'm always excited to find someone who shares my taste in books - your blog will be a great source of new titles for me. I read a few of your reviews today and will be coming back for more. I just added "Abdication" and and "The Roots of the Olive Tree" to my tbr - they both sound like stories I'd like. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's great to meet you! Dianne (ordinaryreader)

  7. I tried to read this but could not get into it. I wish I had spent a bit more time as it sounds very worth it.

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog, I am glad you stopped to comment and I in turn, found my way to your blog! I have not heard of this book but it sounds like my cup of tea! It reminds me a bit of Downton Abbey which I love! Adding it to my wishlist and your blog to my google reader!!

  9. Hello Silver!

    I'm a bit of an anglophile and this book looks interesting. I will be hunting for it in a local bookstore.

    Have a great day Silver! :)

  10. Great review. Already saw this book somewhere but can't recall where exactly. I thought I might like to read it and you've convinced me so thank you. Sounds like my 'cup of tea.'
    Best wishes

  11. I have a review copy of this waiting for me. I hope I enjoy it as much as you did :)


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  14. I like HF and this cover looked interesting right away. I like that the story is woven together well. I think this is one I will read! Great review!

  15. I love historical fiction - this would be right up my alley!

  16. it's sounding like Downtown Abbey!
    don't like to have to work to get thru my reads though - takes away from the pleasure of reading another world for me :)
    thanks for sharing this at Cym's

  17. I'm so glad to read a review of this, as I was wondering whether to read it or not - nice to hear something so positive. I'll put it on my list!

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