The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen by Karen Harper

The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen by Karen Harper

Karen Harper comes to the blog with a story based on the life of the Queen Mother, the reluctant, albeit memorable wife of George VI and mother of Elizabeth II with

The Queen’s Secret

No one expected that Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon would ascend to be Queen when she married the Duke of York in 1923. He was not the heir to the throne, and was perfectly content not being in that position.  Then came Wallis Simpson and the abdication of Edward VII.  Elizabeth, her husband “Bertie” and their two young daughters (Elizabeth and Margaret) found themselves in Windsor Castle, and their children were next in line for the throne.

Far from being a ‘shrinking violet’, Elizabeth’s determination to support and cheer on her husband, do her duty (which Edward VII walked from) but managed to become much admired by the public, and highly feared by opponents.  Her strict “how we do things” hid both a wicked sense of humor, a finely tuned sense of people’s agendas, and the ability to organize and present situations that will both help defeat the Nazis but also in her personal interactions.  Supportive, loving and kind – she wasn’t without her faults and prejudices, but was, in a way, one of the last of the “old guard royals” straddling the fence between ‘what the castle releases’ and the new emergence of radio and television, as well as a seeming loosening of the restrictions on press reporting of royal events.

Most significantly, Elizabeth had a long memory and her own insecurities often led to some rather ‘grudge-like’ decisions: the ultimatum against Wallis Simpson – an until death dislike.  With snippets from her childhood and past mixed in to the present, several moments with and from people from all walks of life, small vignettes of her daughter’s wanting to fight, and her ability to ‘draw others’ into conversations and sharing their lives that provided insight, and I am sure were heartwarming and welcoming to those she encountered.  A lovely story that gives those unfamiliar with Queen Elizabeth II’s strength and persona a glimpse into the beginning, as well as showing the Queen Mother as a person with onerous responsibilities who never forgot who she was, or what the Royals represent to the country, people and world.

The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen by Karen Harper

Title: The Queen's Secret
Author: Karen Harper
Genre: Biographic / autobiographic, British, Historic Elements, Historic Woman's Fiction, Historical Fiction, Political commentary, Setting: Britain, Sociological Relevancy, World War II
Published by: William Morrow
ISBN: 0062885480
Published on: 19 March, 2020
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 27 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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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

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

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