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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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Entertaining but I don’ believe it all.

I’d have to see some empirical proof to believe Cecilia Strathmore wasn’t Queen Mother’s real mother instead of a Scottish cook, and that she was artificially inseminated herself for her princess daughters.

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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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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.