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If you love Jennifer Robson or The Crown, you will love New York Times best-selling author Karen Harper’s novel about Elizabeth, The Queen's Secret. 

It's 1939. As the wife of King George VI and the mother of the future queen, Elizabeth - “the queen mother” - shows a warm, smiling face to the world. But it’s no surprise that Hitler himself calls her the “Most Dangerous Woman in Europe”. For behind that soft voice and kindly demeanor is a will of steel.

Two years earlier, George was thrust onto the throne when his brother Edward abdicated, determined to marry his divorced, American mistress Mrs. Simpson. Vowing to do whatever it takes to make her husband’s reign a success, Elizabeth endears herself to the British people and prevents the former king and his brazen bride from ever again setting foot in Buckingham Palace. 

Elizabeth holds many powerful cards; she’s also hiding damaging secrets about her past and her provenance that could prove to be her undoing.

In this riveting novel of royal secrets and intrigue, Karen Harper lifts the veil on one of the world’s most fascinating families and how its “secret weapon” of a matriarch maneuvered her way through one of the most dangerous chapters of the century.

©2020 Karen Harper (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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It doesn’t deserve a review.

Facts are such pesky things. But the dead can’t file lawsuits.
Abysmal. Sloppy messy read

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Good but sub-storylines repeated ad nauseum

I liked the history components but also had a hard time determining what was true vs guessed. Harper also repeats sub-stories via internal character dialogue to often. The Queen opines or restates her initial love of David almost every other chapter. It’s frustrating. that Harper makes the King seem wimpish in his simpering adjectives towards the Queen.

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Meh

Very repetitive with standard historical facts. Did not represent the Queen's personality and the "secrets" were ridiculous.

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Historical correction

This may seem pithy but, I believe due diligence is needed in historical fiction. The poster “Keep calm and carry on” was never publicly displayed as the story states.

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A royal performance!

I so much enjoy historical novels which focus on the royal family! The author, as well as the narrator, kept my interest throughout! Both are favorites of mine and did not disappoint. Always loved the Queen Mum and her daughters.

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Brilliant!

Well written and spoken. I was a child growing up in a part of the empire during the war. It was very insightful to find the royal family experienced the war with compassion for their subjects as well as being and experiencing the hardships too. Enjoyed it immensely.

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Completely entertaining and a unique point of view of a fascinating time in history!

I loved it! So many historical events from the Queen Mothers point of view!
Great narration!!

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  • 10-02-21

I only made it to chapter 2 so can't comment

What should have been a brilliant historical fiction book has ruined by the narrator I can't comment on the story may try as a paper back

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Beautiful narration.

True or not, this story is wonderful. The war story I believe is so accurate and the private life of Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, is lovely and I think extremely plausible.
Thank you I loved it.