to @brynturnbullwrites on the release of THE WOMAN BEFORE WALLIS from @_mira_books_ ! 📖🤴🏼👩🏼
Genre: Historical Fiction
Before King Edward VIII (known to his closest friends as David) abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, a divorced American, there was “The Woman Before Wallis,” his married mistress, Thelma.
This was my first time reading anything about this subject. It was very thorough, and I was amazed that it’s a debut! While the royal life might sound glitzy and glamorous from afar, there sure were a lot of characters searching for happiness in unconventional ways. I definitely cannot imagine being away from my children so much and not participating in their daily upbringing. That part of this story made me very sad. Overall, however, it was entertaining and deliciously scandalous!
With so many of the characters sporting multiple names, I wish it would have a visual aid, such as a family tree or two.
Lastly, this book also touched on the very public trial of Thelma’s twin sister, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, over the custody of her daughter, Little Gloria Vanderbilt (aka Anderson Cooper’s mother). Although the conclusion to Thelma’s story was satisfying, I am left wanting to know more about Wallis’ marriage to David and the life of (Little) Gloria Vanderbilt!
Location: NYC and England
I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.