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Another Woman's Husband: From the #1 bestselling author of The Secret Wife a sweeping story of love and betrayal behind the Crown Paperback – 2 Nov 2017
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Gill Paul has taken two of the twentieth century's most enigmatic women, one revered, the other reviled, and woven them into a deft story of friendship and betrayal (Kate Riordan)
A perfect, marvellous read (The Sun)
One of my favourite books of this year. Fascinating, glamorous and utterly compelling. This is page-turning character-driven historical fiction at its best (Tracy Rees)
With great verve and a smattering of delicious fictional licence, Gill evokes the events and characters of two eras. Conspiracy theories abound, providing fertile ground for Gill's undoubted storytelling talents. Delightful (Liz Trenow)
This novel is pure magic. Gill writes with compassion for her characters, with great knowledge of her eras, and with a clear love of subject. This has bestseller written all over it. And it deserves to soar (Louise Beech)
Riveting! . . . I thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing tale of friendship and betrayal. Gill writes with such fluency and a fast pace that keeps the reader wanting more (Rosanna Ley)
In this fascinating portrayal of two of history's most famous women, Gill Paul takes us behind the scenes of lives and events we think we know well ... and challenges us to think again. With a pacy narrative that moves between the coming-of-age of a young woman called Wallis in the early 20th century, and the death of Princess Diana in 1997, Another Woman's Husband is a vivid study of Wallis and Diana through two very different lenses: those of Wallis's best friend, Mary, and of a young woman unwittingly caught up in the events surrounding Diana's tragic death. With superb story-telling and a lush backdrop of period detail, Paul crafts a novel that is impossible to put down, about two women who are impossible to forget. Sure to be a huge success, I loved it! (Hazel Gaynor)
Another Woman's Husband by Gill Paul is Another Wonderful Book. Loved the seamless blend of fact and fiction (Kathryn Hughes)
A compelling story . . . that captivated me from start to finish . . . very highly recommended (The Book Magnet)
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As the world mourns the loss of a beloved princess, one young woman uncovers a forgotten story of passion, betrayal and a scandal surrounding the English crown. From the bestselling author of The Secret Wife.See all Product description
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Wallis’ story is told from the perspective of Mary Kirk, a friend from childhood and who was a constant in Wallis’ often turbulent life. Diana famously said that there were 3 people in her marriage (referring of course to Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles) however the same could easily be said of Wallis and her marriage to Ernest Simpson. Ernest Simpson, although he wasn’t perfect by any means, seemed to me to have the patience of a saint during Wallis’ obvious and very public shenanigans with the then Prince of Wales, later to become King
When I first started reading, I wasn’t quite sure if the story of Rachel and her fiance Alex would be a strong enough hook for me in comparison to Wallis’ and Mary’s story which fascinated me, although I was delighted to be proved wrong! TV producer Alex’s obsession with conspiracy theories around the Princess’ death was in danger of derailing his relationship with Rachel and at times I lost patience with him, he was so fixated. Rachel however grew as a character throughout the story when endeavouring to overcome her own troubles by herself and the way her narrative connected to Diana and thus to Wallis, was really well done, without I felt, any totally unbelievable coincidences. I was particularly fascinated by the references and descriptions of the vintage clothing – which in its own way is fundamental to the story.
Wallis’ character is absolutely bought to life and although not knowing much about her I had a pre-conceived dislike of her. I have to say that by the time I had finished the book, I did feel some sympathy for her. She didn’t have an easy life and although this doesn’t excuse her betrayals and lack of sensitivity, I got the sense of a woman who was underneath, quite vulnerable, despite her brash exterior. She was certainly an intriguing character and this book has made me interested to find out more about her.
I adored Another Woman’s Husband and Gill Paul has yet again cemented her place in my list of favourite authors of historical fiction. As with previous books, the way in which her vivid descriptions and flawless storytelling bring historical figures to life with a blend of fact and fiction is superb. I can’t recommend this book highly enough and I think it is one which will appeal to a wide range of reader – whether or not they are familiar with with the story of Wallis Simpson and also those younger readers who may only be vaguely aware of Princess Diana. Diana would have been only very slightly older than me had she lived and the ‘Diana years’ are a part of history that I will never forget.
Wallis Simpson has been cropping up a lot lately in books I’ve read and TV programmes I’ve watched, so I was really interested to learn more about her life before she became involved with the Prince of Wales. I liked her at first and enjoyed listening to the story of her the friendship with Mary Kirk in the US. By the end of the book I lost all sympathy for her as her true colours were revealed. I really liked Mary and enjoyed watching her develop as a character, especially later on in the book when Wallis is more involved with Edward VIII.
I also enjoyed the 1997 storyline about Rachel and Alex who come across the wreckage of the car accident that killed Princess Diana. I loved how the links with Wallis are slowly revealed, a very clever way to match up the two storylines. I loved hearing about Rachel’s vintage shop and the descriptions of the clothes she wore and had on sale. I wasn’t at all keen on her fiancé Alex and his obsession with Diana’s death and his documentary making. I was absolutely convinced how things were going to end in this storyline and was very pleasantly proved wrong by the end of the story.
The narrator Laura Aikman was perfect bringing the different characters to life, she really made it a delight to listen to and I will definitely be looking out for other audiobooks narrated by her.
As you can tell I loved this audiobook and will be recommending it to friends and family and anyone else who will listen! It’s turned out to be one my favourite’s this year and I can’t wait to listen to The Secret Wife, the author’s previous book which I bought whilst I was finishing this.
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