Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Queen's Secret

The Queen Mother, Elizabeth was a young woman when she finally accepted Bertie’s proposal. She never imagined she’d be the queen. She never could have predicted King Edward VIII would abdicate the throne to marry Wallis Simpson an American divorcee, thus leaving Bertie, her husband as King of England. Vowing to help make her husband’s reign successful Elizabeth greatly improves his speaking confidence and influences decisions both large and small. In 1939 Elizabeth is horrified that they are in another World War, that London and everyone they know and love is in terrible danger. Elizabeth was a supportive, strong wife and the couple built an uncommonly close relationship with Winston Churchill strategizing together throughout the war. But she had her own secret burden to bear, one that could destroy her reputation and possibly the monarchy. This intimate portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth’s parents details a story filled with much respect, resilience and love. The King and Queen made sure their beloved daughters Princesses Lilibet and Margaret had a childhood filled with warmth and affection and not the cold strictness displayed in the royal families of the past. Well aware that Lilibet would be Queen someday they did everything in their power to raise an independent, confident woman with a big and tender heart. After witnessing her reign that lasted over 70 years it is clear they did a marvelous job. Love historical fiction that puts a very human face on a complex woman and complicated family. FYI, the names can be confusing because when you become king you pick the name you want to rule under not necessarily your given name. In addition, they rarely use last names. Once you get into the story it quickly makes sense. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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