THE SHADOW QUEEN
Author: Rebecca Dean ISBN: 9780767930574 8/2012 HISTORICAL FICTION Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:
I was intrigued by the prospect of reading THE SHADOW QUEEN. The idea that one woman could so move the man who would be king of England...well, that's a story I wanted to read!
Honestly, I am a bit let down. The writing is excellent, the biographical facts laid out systematically and clearly. I got a real grasp on Wallis Simpson's early years, her motivations and thoughts. But the true meat of the story, the love affair between Wallis and Edward, isn't there. It begins near the close of the book, and I guess I may be picky, but I wanted to see that much earlier. I finished this book wanting more, which is a good thing, but I truly wish I had gotten more.
As I said, the writing and historical points are stellar. I just wanted some romance with the facts.
Historical fans will eat this up. Anyone curious about this time period or these characters will enjoy this, too. THE SHADOW QUEEN has much to offer.