Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy Read Online Free - 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.
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March 08, 2018
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Years ago when I still thought that Wallis Simpson and David Windsor were a match made in heaven and soulmates, it was such a romantic vision. It was very disheartening over time to learn that although the former king...
November 05, 2017
On June of 1896, Bessie Wallis Warfield was born. In November of that same year, her tubercular father died. Her mother was two months pregnant when they married, which gave her a bad start in the social life in the south. Her mother’s father and step-mother did not offer to take them in. The onl...
March 03, 2018
There is nothing in this book that has been "untold", since people have been writing about the Duchess of Windsor for decades. She was (and remains) a woman with a lot of enemies. Wallis was also someone who accomplished nothing at all, or at least nothing that has lasted. You don't get many admi...
February 19, 2018
"Wallis in Love" explores the life of Wallis Simpson, the woman who changed the course of the British Monarchy. Twice divorced, she charmed Edward VIII who ended up abdicating the throne. It was supposed to be a great love story but in many ways, it seemed only to imprison Wallis and Edward. Fair...
February 25, 2018
Author Andrew Morton faced a herculean task - researching and crafting a biography of a wholly unlikable public figure who often sparks vitriol in the hearts and minds of people, even today. After slogging through this book, it's clear that Morton did little more than his due diligence in researc...
March 08, 2018
Interesting book----not really new information but I hadn't read much about her so a lot was new to me. He has done a lot of research and one thing I did like was when he quoted people or her friends, he put them in context (were they love rivals, did they have anything to gain/lose by befriendin...
February 26, 2018
Wallis finally gets the royal treatment, though it’s a bit late to please her.
March 06, 2018
Simply put, this book portrays Wallis Simpson in what seems to be her true light. One of those women who’ll do almost anything to attain what she wants; money, power, & status. She accomplishes this by infiltrating herself with people of considerable wealth, most from either rich powerful fam...
March 12, 2018
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A teaser for this book proclaimed that Wallis Simpson saved England from King Edward VIII by precipitating his abdication. That’s a misleading teaser — this is not a book which analyzes the effects upon history its characters had. I love history - this book is no...
February 27, 2018
Andrew Morton is incapable of writing a biography - he writes books in which he either loves or intensely dislikes his subjects. In this book, he chooses to intensely dislike the Duchess of Windsor. He's not alone in his views and by all neutral accounts, she was rather unlikable. However, once a...