I am excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull. A good, historical fiction can just hit the spot. I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to MIRA and Bryn Turnbull for letting me be a part of the tour.
Title: The Woman Before Wallis
Author: Bryn Turnbull
Published by: MIRA
Released: July 21, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: This novel is the fictionalised story of the American divorcée who captured Prince Edward’s heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness after a whirlwind romance, she’s immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, the daughter of an American diplomat, her new life as a member of the British aristocracy is like a fairy tale—even more so when her husband introduces her to Edward, Prince of Wales.
In a twist of fate, her marriage to Duke leads her to fall headlong into a love affair with Edward. But happiness is fleeting, and their love is threatened when Thelma’s sister, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, becomes embroiled in a scandal with far-reaching implications. As Thelma sails to New York to support Gloria, she leaves Edward in the hands of her trusted friend Wallis, never imagining the consequences that will follow. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Ahhh the historical drama this gave me. It was great. I admit, I did not know anything about Thelma Morgan before reading this book. I don't think I'd ever even heard her name. Her story was definitely interesting, scandalous, and full of drama.
The author does make clear that this is a fictionalized tale of Thelma Morgan's life, but that just made it more fun. I definitely enjoyed this book. It was interesting how it was told in a back and forth time kind of manner. It goes back and forth from Thelma's time with Prince Edward, then to the future where Thelma's sister is in court fighting for custody. Thelma Morgan's family definitely had a lot going on. It definitely made for a fascinating story.
I really enjoyed all the drama that was in this. Love and Lust. Affairs and Backstabbing. Court is a crazy place.
The story of Prince Edward is so interesting too. I always wonder if he was happy in the end. If he ever regretted giving it all up for Wallis Simpson. Was Wallis Simpson happy? If I looked into it more, I'd probably know more.
Bryn Turnbull told a very entertaining story. I really liked her writing. I'd definitely check out more from her.
If Historical Fiction is something that you like, I'd definitely recommend checking out this interesting story of The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull.
is a writer of historical fiction. Equipped with a masters of letters in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews, a masters of professional communication from Ryerson University, and a bachelors degree in English literature from McGill University, she focuses on finding stories of women lost within the cracks of the historical record. The Woman Before Wallis is her first novel.
Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull. Thanks so much to MIRA and Bryn Turnbull for letting me be a part of this fun tour.