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Today's Prompt: OCTOBER TBR
What does YOUR October look like?
Bestselling author Wendy Holden takes an intimate look at one of the most notorious royal scandals of the 20th century and offers a fresh perspective on Wallis Simpson, the villainized woman that the public blamed for King Edward VIII renouncing his kingdom.
Few royal scandals have ended a King's reign, but that's exactly what happened in 1936 when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
She became one of the most divisive women ever linked to the royal family and has been villainized by the press for almost a hundred years.
But is it possible that she served as an escape route for a monarch who never wanted to rule? Wendy Holden humanizes Wallis and presents an authentic, nuanced portrayal of the complicated, funny and smart woman she was.
THE DUCHESS by Wendy Holden
Berkley Trade Paperback Original; September 28, 2021
ABOUT THE DUCHESS:
It was a love so strong, a king renounced his kingdom—all for that woman.
Or was she just
an escape route for a monarch who never wanted to rule? Bestselling
author Wendy Holden takes an intimate look at one of the most notorious
scandals of the 20th century.
1928. A middle-aged foreigner comes to London with average looks, no money and no connections. Wallis’s first months in the city are lonely, dull and depressing. With no friends of her own she follows the glamorous set in magazines and goes to watch society weddings. Her stuffy husband Ernest’s idea of fun, meanwhile, is touring historic monuments.
When an unexpected encounter leads to a house party with the Prince of Wales, Wallis’s star begins to rise. Her secret weapon is her American pep and honesty. For the prince she is a breath of fresh air. As her friendship with him grows, their relationship deepens into love. Wallis is plunged into a world of unimaginable luxury and privilege, enjoying weekends together at his private palace on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Wallis knows the fun and excitement can’t last. The prince will have to marry and she will return to Ernest. The sudden death of George V seems to make this inevitable; the Prince of Wales is now King Edward VIII. When, to her shock and amazement, he refuses to give her up--or recognize that they are facing impossible odds--herr fairy tale becomes a nightmare. The royal family close ranks to shut her out and Ernest gives an ultimatum.
Wallis finds herself trapped when Edward insists on abdicating his throne. She can’t escape the overwhelming public outrage and villainized, she becomes the woman everyone blames—the face of the most dramatic royal scandal of the twentieth century.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PHOTO AND AUTHOR INFORMATION TAKEN FROM AMAZON
Wendy Holden is a British novelist of comedies of manners. She's authored ten Sunday Times top ten bestsellers and has sold over three million copies worldwide. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT is perfect for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, and for readers of Kate Quinn. Cornwall, who lives in Canada, was inspired to write THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT by her own family history during WWI. A trip to France to visit the grave of her late uncle lost on the battlefield informed her research.
If there’s ever a time to celebrate the remarkable healthcare professionals in our world, it’s now ―and THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT is a reminder to appreciate their service.
ABOUT THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT:
Eleanor Atherton has dreamed her entire life of one day becoming a doctor, much to the dismay of her parents. After all, it’s 1917, there’s a war on, and an upper class young woman should really be settling down and getting married―not graduating from medical school. But the knowledge that soldiers are wounded and dying every day, and male doctors are being called to the front to tend to them, leaves Eleanor even more eager to practice medicine in her hometown.
No one seems to take Eleanor seriously as a medical professional―but as an unexpected twist of fate would have it, Eleanor is asked by a family friend to go to the battlefields in France and serve as private doctor for an injured soldier. It’s just the chance she needs to lend a hand and serve her duty.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:PHOTO AND AUTHOR INFORMATION TAKEN FROM AMAZON
Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with five cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate lab, and one very patient husband.
She's hard at work on her next book.
Come visit Lecia at
www.leciacornwall.com, or drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A BuzzFeed Best Book of September 2021!
“This stunning debut is sure to entertain.” — BuzzFeed“A genre-bending debut that highlights the intergenerational echoes of pivotal historical events.” — Kirkus Reviews
ABOUT HOUSE OF GLASS HEARTS:
The book tells the story of Maera, a teenager, living in America, whose brother went missing during a family trip to Karachi ten years ago.
Maera lives with her mother, and her brother’s disappearance, along with her parents’ subsequent divorce is one of the subjects they don’t discuss, ever.
But then Maera’s grandfather dies in Pakistan, and a mysterious greenhouse, one that Maera recognizes as her his, magically appears overnight in the family’s backyard.
Maera becomes convinced that the greenhouse is the key to unlocking her family’s secrets – and perhaps recovering her long-lost brother.Part magical realism, part horror, part history, HOUSE OF GLASS HEARTS is told in two intertwined narratives.
Leila Siddiqui is a Chicago-born Texan who calls New York home. She currently works in publishing in the marketing department.
She is a horror film devotee and when not writing spends her time fawning over her very floofy cat.
She lives with her partner in Queens, and House of Glass Hearts is her first novel.
Find her on Twitter @leilawrites or online at www.LeilaSiddiqui.com.
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.
Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at MAILBOX MONDAY.
Here is a shout out to the administrators:
Velvet @ vvb32reads
Serena @ Savvy Verse and Wit
Martha @ Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf
THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
I hope you had a good mailbox.
On Monday, September 20, I received:
1. THE GIRL IN THE TRIANGLE by Joyana Peters, courtesy of the author, Amaryllis Press, and NetGalley.
On Tuesday, September 21, I received:
1. THE NIGHT SHIFT by Alex Finlay, courtesy of St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.
On Wednesday, September 22, I received:
1. THE CHAMPAGNE WIDOWS by Rebecca Rosenberg, courtesy of the author.
On Thursday, September 22, I received:
1. THE LONDON HOUSE by Katherine Reay, courtesy of Harper Muse and the author.
On Saturday, September 25, I received:
1. LAST SEEN ALIVE by Joanna Schaffhausen, courtesy of Kayla Janas of St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books.