The Woman Before Wallis ~ Review

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The Woman Before WallisA Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and Royal Scandal

by Bryn Turnbull

Harlequin Publishing

Publication Date: July 21, 2020

Publisher: MIRA Books

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“Brimming with scandal and an equal amount of heart…a sweeping yet intimate look at the lives of some of history’s most notorious figures from Vanderbilts to the Prince of Wales… A must-read.”—Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of When We Left Cuba and Next Year in Havana

“Bryn Turnbull takes a story we think we know and turns it on its head, with captivating results… A beautifully written, meticulously researched and altogether memorable debut.”—Jennifer Robson, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Gown

For fans of The Paris Wife and The Crown, this stunning novel tells the true story of the American divorcée who captured Prince Edward’s heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.

In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness after a whirlwind romance, she’s immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, the daughter of an American diplomat, her new life as a member of the British aristocracy is like a fairy tale—even more so when her husband introduces her to Edward, Prince of Wales.

In a twist of fate, her marriage to Duke leads her to fall headlong into a love affair with Edward. But happiness is fleeting, and their love is threatened when Thelma’s sister, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, becomes embroiled in a scandal with far-reaching implications. As Thelma sails to New York to support Gloria, she leaves Edward in the hands of her trusted friend Wallis, never imagining the consequences that will follow.

Bryn Turnbull takes readers from the raucous glamour of the Paris Ritz and the French Riviera to the quiet, private corners of St. James’s Palace in this sweeping story of love, loyalty and betrayal.

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Author Bio: 

Bryn Turnbull is a writer of historical fiction with a penchant for fountain pens and antique furniture. Equipped with a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews, a Master of Professional Communication from Ryerson University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from McGill University, Bryn focuses on finding the stories of women found within the cracks of the historical record. When she’s not writing, Bryn can be found exploring new coffee shops, spending time with her family in cottage country, or traveling. She lives in Toronto, and can generally be found with a book in hand.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This novel is the fictionalised story of the American divorcée who captured Prince Edward’s heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.

Bryn Turnbull, debut book, The Woman Before Wallis is a must read for historical fiction fans everywhere.

A whirlwind drama soaked with historical glamour, as the lives of some of the memorable decadent people known.

Thelma Morgan mesmerizing life comes to illustrious details through the pages of Bryn Turnbull superb narration. The glamorous and decadent lives of Vanderbilt woman are wonderfully depicted, in this fast-paced moving storyline. Easy to follow, this is one read that will hold your attention from start to finish. Spectacular fleshed out characters and lots drama.

Step back in time before the notorious Wallis Simpson, For anyone who may not know, Wallis married David, the heir to the British throne who abdicated, paving the way for Elizabeth to be the current monarch.

Who is Thelma you might ask? Thelma Furness, Viscountess Furness was a mistress of King Edward VIII while he was still the Prince of Wales; she preceded Wallis Simpson in his affections. She was also the maternal aunt of the author, fashion designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt.

Gloria Vanderbilt is the mother of Anderson Cooper.

Let me say this book was an incredible read for me, since I have read everything there is on all the Vanderbilt Woman.

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