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The woman before Wallis : a novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and royal scandal

Turnbull, Bryn (author.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fertile Public Library TUR (Text) 33500013281910 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library TUR (Text) 33500013281928 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0778361020
  • ISBN: 9780778361022
  • ISBN: 0778388190
  • ISBN: 9780778388197
  • Physical Description: 394 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Mira, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note: Includes a Reader's Guide with discussion questions, a look behind the book, and a Q & A with Bryn Turnbull.
Summary, etc.: Summer, 1926. When Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness after a whirlwind romance, she is immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, the daughter of an American diplomat, her new life as a member of the British aristocracy is like a fairy tale - even more so when her husband introduces her to Edward, Prince of Wales. Her marriage to Duke leads her to fall headlong into a love affair with Edward. Their love is threatened when Thelma's sister, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, becomes embroiled in a scandal with far-reaching implications. As Thelma sails to New York to support Gloria, she leaves Edward in the hands of her trusted friend Wallis, never imagining the consequences that will follow. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 July #1
    In 1926, American Thelma Morgan marries into the rarefied world of the British aristocracy; before long, she has commenced an affair with the future King Edward VIII, known to history as the man who gave up his crown for Wallis Simpson, Thelma's immediate successor in his affections. Though most famous as the mistress of the Prince of Wales, Thelma is well connected in her own right, her twin sister having married into the Vanderbilt family. Alternating chapters set in 1934 tell the story of the sensational trial in which her widowed sister battles to reclaim custody of her daughter from her sister-in-law. The real history behind the novel is fascinating enough that it has the potential to distract from Thelma's personal trials and tribulations, but Turnbull, in her debut, skillfully balances the drama with an intimate portrayal of Thelma's search for love and happiness both within her marriage and beyond it. Fans of Netflix's The Crown will delight in this well-researched tale of high society scandal involving a little-known woman whose story is begging to be heard.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020 Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Furness, Thelma Lady 1904- Fiction
Windsor, Edward Duke of 1894-1972 Fiction
Vanderbilt, Gloria Morgan 1904-1965 Fiction
Royal houses Fiction
Sisters Fiction
Adultery Fiction
Aristocracy (Social class) England Fiction
FICTION / Historical / General
FICTION / Family Life / Siblings
FICTION / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
Vanderbilt, Gloria Morgan 1904-1965
Windsor, Edward Duke of 1894-1972
Aristocracy (Social class)
Royal houses
Genre: Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.

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