The Duchess by Wendy Holden

Thank you to Welbeck Publishing for a gifted copy of The Duchess by Wendy Holden, a prize in a recent social media competition. I’m sharing a mini review today.


Love can change the course of history… 

Arriving in 1928, Wallis was a divorced, penniless, middle-aged foreigner with average looks and no connections. Yet, just eight years later, a king renounced his throne for her.

How did a woman from nowhere capture the heart of the world’s most glamorous bachelor? Wendy Holden tells the amazing story… 

My thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve read by Wendy Holden and I thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling. This story features the Duchess of Windsor, as she looked back at her life whilst saying goodbye to the Duke of Windsor at his funeral.

Having grown up in impoverished circumstances, endured a violent first marriage and now living in England, Mrs Wallis Simpson dreams of being invited to events and parties. Her life takes an unexpected turn and she finds herself counselling the Prince of Wales, who doesn’t appear to want to be King.

The book gives us a very different view about what happened before the abdication to previous stories. I’m sure we will never know the full true story but I enjoyed reading this version of events.


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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