Published by Headline Review on November 2nd 2017
Another Woman's Husband is the latest gripping novel from Gill Paul.
Two women who challenged the Crown. Divided by time. Bound by a secret...
At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.
Rachel's romantic break in Paris with her fiance ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world...
Richly imagined and beautifully written, Another Woman's Husband is a gripping, moving novel about two women thrust into the spotlight, followed by scandal, touched by loss.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul. I was very excited about this book from the moment I heard about it. Like many women my age, I grew up admiring Princess Diana—not only for her beauty and glamour but for the real impact she made on the world in her too-short life. As for Wallis Simpson, I’d heard of her of course. But it wasn’t until watching The Crown and listening to Elizabeth II, Life of a Monarch that I became fully aware of her historical impact.
I’m a sucker for Historical Fiction presented in dual timelines and Gill Paul did a great job in making transitions easy and well-paced. The characters, real and fictional, are well-drawn. The style of writing is straightforward and unpretentious while maintaining a level of sophistication.
While I enjoyed both timelines, I would give a slight edge to Mary and Wallis’s. I suspect that’s largely because of own affinity for books that explore the depths and nuances of female friendships and my leaning toward that particular time period. Despite the profound impact she ultimately had on the monarchy, there has been relatively little attention paid to Wallis in more recent years. I’d never heard or read anything about her early life prior to reading this book. I found myself invested in Mary and her role in Wallis’s, shall we say, “interesting” life.
I love it when historical novels include thorough Afterwards sections and really appreciated the book even more after reading the detailed thoughts and information Ms. Paul included.
Though I understand Gill Paul has a huge fan base, this is this first book I’ve read that she’s authored. I would definitely read her work again.
About Gill Paul
Gill Paul’s novels include the USA Today bestseller The Secret Wife; Women and Children First, which was short-listed for a Romantic Novelists’ Association award; The Affair; and No Place for a Lady, which was short-listed for a Love Stories award. Her nonfiction includes A History of Medicine in 50 Objects, World War I Love Stories, and Royal Love Stories. Gill’s expertise is often called upon for talks on historical subjects, including the sinking of the Titanic.
Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.