Wallis in Love

Wallis in Love

The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy

Book - 2018
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For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne.

"You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance." -Wallis Simpson

Before she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis's first words as recalled by her family were "me, me." From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation.
In WALLIS IN LOVE, acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she transformed from a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine. Using diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records, Morton takes us through Wallis's romantic adventures in Washington, China, and her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London society. During her journey, we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the king of England, Edward VIII.
WALLIS IN LOVE goes beyond Wallis's infamous persona and reveals a complex, domineering woman striving to determine her own fate and grapple with matters of the heart.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2018
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781455566976
Branch Call Number: ANF 941.084092 MOR
Characteristics: xi, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Tica77
Aug 15, 2018

I have read a few books about Wallis Simpson ans was not sure I should read yet another one. Because of Andrew Morton’s access to some never seen materials (see his acknowledgments at the end of the book) we discover more information about a woman who was never truly happy. Morton emphases just how unfulfilling her marriage to the Duke of Windsor was and how he should have listened to her and not gone ahead with the abdication. She in fact knew this was to be a terrible mistake. The book also reveals the real object of her affections, Herman Rogers. Finally, the reader truly realizes how the lives of the Duke and Duchess were but a series of parties, devoid of any deep meaning or purpose.

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cardigramma
Jul 17, 2018

Not the most reliable biography of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII. Even Mr. Morton can't make her a sympathetic character.

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vickmeister
Mar 21, 2018

An engrossing look at the notorious woman who inspired a king to abandon his kingdom, and changed the course of history forever. Morton delves deep into the early life of Wallis Simpson, exploring the deprivations that colored her youth and childhood, and how they seemed to have created a shallow, acquisitive social climber whose only thought was for benefiting herself regardless of how it may impact others. The book also gives insight into her complex relationships with the men whom she knew before she became the obsessive focus of Edward, the Prince of Wales, and how those relationships continued to hold impact even after he had abdicated the throne for her. Morton also provides sources that help to dispel many of the myths that surround Mrs. Simpson to the current day, and illustrates how this storied romance-of-the-century was at best a shallow sham, with the former king bullied and eventually emotionally abandoned by this infamous woman who wanted to be queen, and ended up an outcast.

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