Review: The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel

Title: The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel
Author: Georgie Black
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

If you love The Crown, then this is the book for you!

Diana, Catherine, Meghan…glamorous Princess Margaret outdid them all. Springing into post-World War II society, and quite naughty and haughty, she lived in a whirlwind of fame and notoriety. Georgie Blalock captures the fascinating, fast-living princess and her “set” as seen through the eyes of one of her ladies-in-waiting. 

In dreary, post-war Britain, Princess Margaret captivates everyone with her cutting edge fashion sense and biting quips. The royal socialite, cigarette holder in one hand, cocktail in the other, sparkles in the company of her glittering entourage of wealthy young aristocrats known as the Margaret Set, but her outrageous lifestyle conflicts with her place as Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister. Can she be a dutiful princess while still dazzling the world on her own terms?

Post-war Britain isn’t glamorous for The Honorable Vera Strathmore. While writing scandalous novels, she dreams of living and working in New York, and regaining the happiness she enjoyed before her fiancé was killed in the war. A chance meeting with the Princess changes her life forever. Vera amuses the princess, and what—or who—Margaret wants, Margaret gets. Soon, Vera gains Margaret’s confidence and the privileged position of second lady-in-waiting to the Princess. Thrust into the center of Margaret’s social and royal life, Vera watches the princess’s love affair with dashing Captain Peter Townsend unfurl.

But while Margaret, as a member of the Royal Family, is not free to act on her desires, Vera soon wants the freedom to pursue her own dreams. As time and Princess Margaret’s scandalous behavior progress, both women will be forced to choose between status, duty, and love…

Review:

This was an exciting story about a rebellious princess.

Long before Will and Kate and Harry and Meghan were born, Princess Margaret was the royal who made all the headlines. She was the Queen’s younger sister, who liked to party. She caused many scandals, such as dating her father’s equerry and marrying a photographer.

This book was told from the perspective of a fictional lady-in-waiting for Princess Margaret. Vera was the daughter of a lord, and she wrote romance novels under a pseudonym. She quickly learned how to please the Princess, and worked for her through some of the most important periods of her life.

This story shows what Princess Margaret’s life was like, through the eyes of someone who worked with her. I was familiar with many parts of the story. However, there were also some scandalous parts, which were shocking, especially for that time period.

I really enjoyed this story.

What to read next:

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner

Have you read The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel? What did you think of it?

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