Review: The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen

Title: The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen
Author: Karen Harper
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 19, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

If you love Jennifer Robson or The Crown you will love New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper’s novel about Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

1939. As the wife of the King George VI and the mother of the future queen, Elizabeth—“the queen mother”—shows a warm, smiling face to the world. But it’s no surprise that Hitler himself calls her the “Most Dangerous Woman in Europe.” For behind that soft voice and kindly demeanor is a will of steel.

Two years earlier, George was thrust onto the throne when his brother Edward abdicated, determined to marry his divorced, American mistress Mrs. Simpson. Vowing to do whatever it takes to make her husband’s reign a success, Elizabeth endears herself to the British people, and prevents the former king and his brazen bride from ever again setting foot in Buckingham Palace.

Elizabeth holds many powerful cards, she’s also hiding damaging secrets about her past and her provenance that could prove to be her undoing.

In this riveting novel of royal secrets and intrigue, Karen Harper lifts the veil on one of the world’s most fascinating families, and how its “secret weapon” of a matriarch maneuvered her way through one of the most dangerous chapters of the century.

Review:

Queen Elizabeth is married to King George VI. Together they have to strategize with Winston Churchill about how to defeat Hitler in WWII. But Elizabeth is keeping many secrets that could damage her reputation if they were discovered. Elizabeth holds her breath while hoping her darkest secrets are never revealed.

This was an exciting story. The royals had to deal with the war happening around them as well as their personal problems. King George missed his brother, who had been exiled after abdicating the throne. Elizabeth was concerned about her daughter falling for a young navy officer, Philip. Elizabeth was also keeping her own secrets from everyone else, which would cause many problems if they were revealed.

There were many different secrets that the Queen was keeping. Some of them were believable, but others were so extreme that I had a hard time believing could be true. As I often do when I read historical fiction, I had to google characters to figure out what really happened. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but these were scandalous secrets that would have affected her life if they were true and they were exposed. The Queen’s secrets made the story intense, but they were so scandalous that they didn’t seem realistic.

I enjoyed this royal historical story!

What to read next:

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

The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

Have you read The Queen’s Secret? What did you think of it?

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