British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
I was brought up in England in a pro Royalist family. My Grandma was born in the Victorian age so there were certain expectations when it came to the Royals. Leaving your Crown for a 'twice divorced Yankie floozy' was definately not a part of the job description according to my family and many Brits. Don't forget that Wallace Simpson would have been on the Royal payroll which also meant that the British public had to pay for her and her jewels and pearls!
She was painted as one of the most hated women in history. It was also, for those romantics out there 'the love affair of all time'. Oh how little did we know!
As soon as I saw this book I was curious as I had read everything that I could get my hands on about the 'loving' couple. Boy oh boy was I WRONG!
In retrospect I feel that Edward was a weak willed man who just wanted to 'play'. He really never wanted to be King. He was merely looking for an excuse to get out of the 'Top Job'. Lucky for the Empire that Mrs. Simpson showed up when she did. In fact it is us that owe her a debt of gratitude. Nothing worse than a weak and dilute monarch during wartime. I also was so surprised that Churchill was so late in seeing the light over the 'little man'.
Frankly everything worked out for the best. Poor Wallace lost Ernest and gained a 'wet fish' and bucket of jewels.
Was there love there? Who knows. More parasitic on his part I fear.
An interesting and enlightening read and a warning to those who may be looking through those "rose colored glasses".
A jolly good read well narrated.
I was a fan of the Joan of Pre 2005 era. Over the last 10 years I discovered that I missed her. I would literally 'blush' at her comments regarding the First Lady's sexuality and how she would bash the day lights out of people's weight. I did not like her last few books. ABSOLUTE TRIPE! So I have been on a quest to find the woman that I used to admire and wished to emulate in so many ways.
Melissa Rivers, thank you so very much for sharing this with us. I rebuilt my love and admiration for your Mother. I also discovered that if I should be so lucky as to live as long as Ms. Joan I am sure that I will also change in my dotage. I will not be so fast to judge in the future.
For Moms who are lucky enough to have wonderful relationships with their daughters, like Melissa and Joan ( I am a lucky Mom too and I am sure that much of Joan's writings have influenced me in that direction so thank you Ma'am) this is a keeper. As for the rest of the reading/listening world this is a treasure this is a great lesson on relationships, humor, tolerance and making sure that the people that we love KNOW IT so that at the end there are no regrets, no "I wish that I had said..." And no 'would a', 'could a', 'should a's.
If you think this is going to be filled with quotable jokes and a laugh a minute ride then you will be disappointed.
Instead you will hear the heart of a man who has achieved success through hard work, standing by his principals and putting family first.
It is quite a love story too. So strange to think of 'Frank The Wedding Planner' lovingly caring for his wife, talking to her soul and describing it in such a way that it hurts us, the reader, in the pit of the gut.
Loved this volume. Will recommend it and will read it again (and again, I am sure!).