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Publisher's Summary

Before The Crown, there was a love story.... 

Windsor Castle, 1943.  

As war rages across the world, Princess Elizabeth comes face to face with the dashing naval officer she first met in London nine years before. One of the youngest first lieutenants in the Royal Navy, Philip represents everything she has always been taught to avoid. Instability. Audacity. Adventure. But when the king learns of their relationship, the suitability of the foreign prince is questioned by all at court. He is the risk she has never been allowed to take. The risk not even the shadow of the crown will stop her from taking....  

Step through the palace gates and discover a captivating historical novel of royal secrets and forbidden love exploring the tempestuous courtship between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the wake of WWII.

©2020 Flora Harding (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"If you’re a fan of The Crown, you’ll love this." (Woman’s Weekly)

"A wonderfully poignant love story involving characters whose lives we all think we know about." (Celia Anderson, best-selling author of 59 Memory Lane)

"I loved this story...it felt like a sneak peek into the Queen’s life." (Glynis Peters, USA Today best-selling author of The Secret Orphan)

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