Review: Another Woman’s Husband

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Title: Another Woman’s Husband
Author: Gill Paul
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Headline Review
Source: Purchased
Release Date: November 2, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Another Woman’s Husband is the latest gripping novel from Gill Paul.

Two women who challenged the Crown. Divided by time. Bound by a secret…

1911

At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.

1997

Rachel’s romantic break in Paris with her fiance ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world…

Richly imagined and beautifully written, Another Woman’s Husband is a gripping, moving novel about two women thrust into the spotlight, followed by scandal, touched by loss.

Review:

I love the British monarchy, so I was curious about this story about Wallis Simpson and Princess Diana.

This story has two narratives, one that begins in the early twentieth century and another that begins in 1997, with Diana’s death. The narratives do not focus directly on the two women. The first narrative is about Mary, a friend of Wallis Simpson. The second is about Rachel, a woman who witnessed the crash that killed Diana. Rachel’s boyfriend produces a documentary about Diana’s death, so they have to investigate the crash and the end of her life.

I liked how the story didn’t tell the women’s stories directly, but instead it is told through the eyes of people who watched them, either personally or publicly. The two stories were also tied together to make the narratives complete, though the connection between the women was fictional.

I also liked that there was an explanation of the historical facts at the end of the book. When I read historical fiction, I’m always curious to see what events really happened and what was made up for the book. A lot of this book was made up from facts, though parts that I suspected were fiction, because they made the narrative complete, were made up.

What to read next:

  • Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words by Andrew Morton
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  • Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy by Andrew Morton
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Have you read Another Woman’s Husband? What did you think of it?

 

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