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Another Woman's Husband: A Novel (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Gill Paul (Tekijä)

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Two women, divided by time, bound by a secret... 1911. Aged just fifteen, Mary Kirk and Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, continents, and the demands of the English crown, until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal... 1997. Kendall's romantic break in Paris with her fiance is interrupted when the taxi in front crashes suddenly. The news soon follows: Princess Diana is dead. Trying to forget what she has witnessed, Kendall returns home, where the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, will lead her to the truth of a scandal which shook the world... --… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Another Woman's Husband: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Gill Paul (Tekijä)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2018), 480 pages
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You can't help but get goosebumps seeing that fateful location and date on Chapter 1: Paris, 31 August 1997. Even typing it now gives me chills. The events of that night are handled so sensitively by Gill Paul, paying the highest respect to Diana, Dodi and Henri Paul. This isn't a story about Diana, Princess of Wales but rather the story of another thorn in the royal family's side: Wallis Simpson.

31 August 1997 is a night that Rachel and Alex will never forget. They got engaged in Paris and came upon the wreckage of a car crash in the Alma Tunnel. Alex gets out of their car to see what is happening and finds Princess Diana in the wreckage. As more help arrives, Alex leaves the scene but not before he picks up a platinum heart charm with the initial 'J' and 'XVII' on it. What does this mean to Diana? It's a little piece of a puzzle that Alex is determined to solve as he decides to film a documentary into Diana's last known movements. Movements that included a visit to Villa Windsor, the home of Wallis Simpson.

Roll back to 1911 where Mary Kirk befriends Bessie Wallis Warfield at summer camp. The pair strike up a friendship that lasts decades, broken only by both women's love for the same man. Not Edward, Prince of Wales, but quiet and unassuming Ernest Simpson. As we see Wallis grow up, a pattern emerges of her always getting what or who she wants, even if that man appears unavailable like another woman's husband or a king.

With such a compelling story woven around the bare bones of historical facts, this is a story that captivated me from start to finish. Although she doesn't feature heavily in it, I felt as if the essence of Diana was sprinkled throughout the pages. The story that Gill Paul created felt so very like what I imagine Diana would have done. The link between Diana and Wallis, through Rachel, was so clever, imaginative and simply breathtaking.

I adored Another Woman's Husband and will definitely be recommending it to everyone I know. It is my first Gill Paul book and I won't hesitate to pick up more of her books. Very highly recommended.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. ( )
  Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
Of the two storylines, I found the one in 1997 to be of lesser interest to me. The two main characters could each be completely self-centered. I guess at least that's realistic.

The story of Wallis and Mary was of more interest to me. Going into this I knew I would not like Wallis, but I did end up feeling sympathy for her at times. I wasn't expecting that I would ultimately be almost equally disgusted with Mary, though. Not only was what she did wrong, but it revealed in a cruel and cowardly way.

Overall I did find it interesting to read about these well known people. ( )
  ang709 | Feb 24, 2020 |
While I've read a few things about Wallis Simpson, I'd not really encountered the story of Mary Kirk and her entanglement with Wallis and Ernest Simpson, and so this novel breathed new life into the tale. Told alongside a more modern royal tragedy, the death of Princess Diana, this novel makes for a compelling read, as people caught up in the lives of royalty struggle to navigate their own fates. This novel makes for an excellent escape into a historical world. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Dec 24, 2019 |
Another Woman's Husband is a dual storyline book about Rachel who witnesses the crash in Paris that killed Princess Diana. She returns home to London and is fascinated to learn that the Princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, just some hours before the crash. What was she doing that the place and Rachel can't stop herself, she starts to investigate the link between Diana and Wallis.

I found Another Woman's Husband to be a fascinating story. We get to read about Wallis through the eyes of her "best friend" as well as follow Rachel as she deals with what she witnessed. Wallis didn't really come off as a very nice person, but she seldom does in books that I've read where she has figured. Gill Paul is a very talented storyteller and I quite enjoyed reading this book, especially since I love mysteries that has to be solved. I recommend reading this book if you like reading about royalties and/or historical mysteries. ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
Another Woman’s Husband opens in 1997 with Rachel and Alex returning from a romantic evening in Paris. But their lives will be forever altered when the car ahead of them crashes in the Alma Tunnel. As Alex leaps from the taxi to assist, he is appalled to find Princess Diana as one of the victims. This night would be a turning point for Rachel and Alex, both British citizens on holiday.
The reader is next pulled back in time to 1911 when a young Mary Kirk meets Wallis Warfield at a summer camp. Mary is the quiet type of girl who is drawn to the self-assured, sometimes brazen, Wallis, who is a magnet for boys. This magnetism drew boys, and later men, to Wallis who seemed to thrive on the power she held in captivating them. But they were only conquests to Wallis who, it seemed, never really loved any of them. Perhaps it stemmed from the fact that Wallis and her mother were dependent on a rich uncle for their existence and Wallis was seeking security above all else.
Both Mary Kirk and Wallis Warfield eventually found love and married. Their friendship remained life-long. Wallis eventually went on to marry the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) who would abdicate the throne to take her as his wife.
While Princess Diana was considered a Royal Rebel, she had much in common with Wallis Simpson. Both caused scandals for the Royal Family; both were headstrong women in search of love. And in the end, it was Princess Diana who still cared enough about Wallis to visit her up until the time of the latter’s death in 1986.
Another Woman’s Husband is a skillfully woven tale of the secrets and mysteries that surround the Royal Family. Above all else, it is the tale of a friendship between two woman (Mary and Wallis) that survived the decades. But was the friendship more one-sided than is commonly known? And who is the other woman’s husband?
I loved this story! Having read several other works of Gill Paul, I found this one to be her best. I was fascinated to learn more about the personality of Edward VIII and of the inner workings of London society in the early 1900s. The details surrounding Princess Diana’s demise were all too real to this reader as I recall watching the news coverage of her death back in 1997. Another Woman’s Husband had me turning the pages to learn even more. Although the story alternates between the two time periods, it somehow seems fluent and easy to follow.
Readers interested in British Monarchy, the Royal Family, Princess Diana, or history in general will find this book fascinating and easy to read. And did I mention there is also romance involved? ( )
  AuthorMarion | Apr 30, 2019 |
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Two women, divided by time, bound by a secret... 1911. Aged just fifteen, Mary Kirk and Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, continents, and the demands of the English crown, until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal... 1997. Kendall's romantic break in Paris with her fiance is interrupted when the taxi in front crashes suddenly. The news soon follows: Princess Diana is dead. Trying to forget what she has witnessed, Kendall returns home, where the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, will lead her to the truth of a scandal which shook the world... --

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