When debutante Wallis Simpson was growing up, she devoted her teenage daydreams to one man: the future King of England, Prince Edward. But instead she marries a pilot, who turns out to be a dominating bully of a man. Edward, in the meantime, is busy fulfilling his royal duties - as well as some extra-curricular ones involving married women. Until the day he is introduced to a very special woman, Wallis Simpson. The Shadow Queen is a dramatic novel.
Edward VIII became notorious for abandoning the throne for Mrs Simpson, but in the summer of 1911 he was a prince straight from the pages of a fairy-tale. Raised by the harsh disciplinarian King George V and his unfeeling Queen Mary, the prince longed for the warmth that had been deprived of him. The high society Houghton girls' lives however, were full of fun, both at their magnificent family seat Snowberry, and at the whirlwind of glamorous parties which punctuated their lives.
A sweeping international epic, perfect for all fans of Penny Vincenzi and Barbara Taylor BradfordJune 1909, in a large Berlin mansion, cousins Zelda and Vicky are about to meet brothers Berthold and Josef for the first time – an evening that will alter the course of their lives forever…
"An epic without an end..."