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The Shadow Queen

Author: Rebecca Dean
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0767930576
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A reimagining of the life of the woman for whom Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne dramatically recreates her disadvantaged childhood, upbringing as a socialite by wealthy relatives and entry into British society before capturing the heart of a prince. By the author of The Palace Circle. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Prisoners In The Palace

Author: Michaela MacColl
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452111278
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London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen? Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is as rich in historical detail as Catherine, Called Birdy, and as sizzling with intrigue as The Luxe. Includes bonus material! - Book Club Discussion Guide - Sneak peek chapter from Always Emily by Michaela MacColl

Wallis

Author: Rebecca Dean
Publisher: HarperTorch
ISBN: 9780007315734
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When debutante Wallis Simpson is growing up, she devotes her teenage daydreams to one man, the future King of England, Prince Edward. But it's Pamela Holtby, Wallis's aristocratic best friend, who mixes within the palace circle; surely she would be the more likely of the two to form a dalliance with Edward? Wallis's first marriage to a dashing young naval pilot is not the kind she dreamt of; he turns out to be a dominating bully of a man, who punishes her relentlessly. And her many subsequent relationships are nothing short of disatrous. Edward in the meantime is busy performing his royal duties and the extra-curricular ones too, those involving married women. Until the day, just before he ascends the throne as Edward VIII, when he is introduced to a very special married woman, Wallis Simpson. Was Wallis Simpson the demon the royal family portrayed her to be? Or was she an extraordinary woman who led an unimaginable life? A dramatic novel, that crosses continents and provides unique insight into one of history's most charismatic and multi-faceted women.

Love Ellen

Author: Betty DeGeneres
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062276107
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"Mom, I'm gay." With three little words, gay children can change their parents' lives forever. Yet at the same times it's a chance for those parents to realize nothing, really, has changed at all; same kid, same life, same bond of enduring love. Twenty years ago, during a walk on a Mississippi beach, Ellen DeGeneres spoke those simple, powerful words to her mother. That emotional moment eventually brought mother and daughter closer than ever, but not without a struggle. Coming from a republican family with conservative values, Betty needed time and education to understand her daughter's homosexuality -- but her ultimate acceptance would set the stage for a far more public coming out, one that would change history. In Love, Ellen, Betty DeGeneres tells her story; the complicated path to acceptance and the deepening of her friendship with her daughter; the media's scrutiny of their family life; the painful and often inspiring stories she's heard on the road as the first non-gay spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaigns National Coming Out Project. With a mother's love, clear minded common sense, and hard won wisdom, Betty DeGeneres offers up her own very personal memoir to help parents understand their gay children, and to help sons and daughters who have been rejected by their families feel less alone.

Abdication

Author: Juliet Nicolson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451658842
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“Goodness, Abdication really is good. I’m in awe of Juliet’s ability” (Jessica Fellowes, New York Times bestselling author of The World of Downton Abbey). England, 1936. A beloved king is dead, and by year’s end, the charismatic new monarch will give up his throne for love. The world is on the brink of war. And in the tumultuous intervening months, three outsiders will find themselves embroiled in the hidden truths, undeclared loves, unspoken sympathies, and covert complicities of a glittering high society in the throes of upheaval. After a long journey from her home in Barbados, May Thomas secures a position as a secretary and driver and opens her heart to a man seemingly beyond her reach. Outwardly affable American spinster Evangeline Nettlefold finds her place in the uppermost social circles, but her growing resentment toward her childhood friend Wallis Simpson predicts disaster. A friendship catapults Julian Richardson from his mother’s middle-class parlor to luxurious dinners with the king, yet he cannot forget those who struggle outside the gilded gates, nor his uneasy affection for May. As addictive as Downton Abbey, as poignant as The Remains of the Day, renowned historian Juliet Nicolson’s debut novel is a breathtaking story inspired by a love affair that shook the world at a time when order and chaos battled for supremacy.

The Windsor Conspiracy

Author: Mike Ponder
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 9781863255059
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Has the monarchy's lust for power gone too far? The severed finger of a kidnapped man is mailed to newspaper journalist Joanna Doyle, with a note claiming the victim is none other than H.R.H. Prince Charles. As she has just watched an interview with him live on television, Joanna refuses to take the note seriously. Why then the interest of the Secret Service? Why do they demand she relinquish the finger and note to them? Why, only hours later, is she brutally murdered? And why does the Royal Air Force dispatch a Harrier jet fighter to intercept the trawler in which the kidnap victim is being held captive? Security expert Simon Dwyer is hired to uncover the truth in this fast-paced thriller full of intrigue and suspense. From the vastness and hostility of the Australian outback, to a medieval castle protected by 1000 feet of sheer rock and the crack troops of the 12th Scottish Regiment, every page brings another twist.

One Glorious Ambition

Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 0307729435
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One dedicated woman...giving voice to the suffering of many Born to an unavailable mother and an abusive father, Dorothea Dix longs simply to protect and care for her younger brothers, Charles and Joseph. But at just fourteen, she is separated from them and sent to live with relatives to be raised properly. Lonely and uncertain, Dorothea discovers that she does not possess the ability to accept the social expectations imposed on her gender and she desires to accomplish something more than finding a suitable mate. Yearning to fulfill her God-given purpose, Dorothea finds she has a gift for teaching and writing. Her pupils become a kind of family, hearts to nurture, but long bouts of illness end her teaching and Dorothea is adrift again. It’s an unexpected visit to a prison housing the mentally ill that ignites an unending fire in Dorothea’s heart—and sets her on a journey that will take her across the nation, into the halls of the Capitol, befriending presidents and lawmakers, always fighting to relieve the suffering of what Scripture deems, the least of these. In bringing nineteenth-century, historical reformer Dorothea Dix to life, author Jane Kirkpatrick combines historical accuracy with the gripping narrative of a woman who recognized suffering when others turned away, and the call she heeded to change the world.

Young Elizabeth The Making Of The Queen

Author: Kate Williams
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1605988928
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A lively and poignant biography of the young princess who, at the impressionable age of eleven, found that she was now heiress to the throne, by the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Queen Victoria. We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet for much of her early life the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold. She was our accidental Queen. Elizabeth's determination to share in the struggles of her people marked her out from a young age. Her father initially refused to let her volunteer as a nurse during the Blitz, but relented when she was 18 and allowed her to work as a mechanic and truck driver for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. It was her forward-thinking approach that ensured that her coronation was televised, against the advice of politicians at the time. Kate Williams reveals how the 25-year-old young queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the 20th century. Her monarchy would be a very different one to that of her parents and grandparents, and its continuing popularity in the 21st century owes much to the intelligence and elusive personality of this remarkable woman.

Great Feuds In History

Author: Colin Evans
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0471380385
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Looks at the animosities, ill feelings, and bad behavior of such public figures as Queen Elizabeth I, Aaron Burr, the Duchess of Windsor, Lyndon B. Johnson, and J. Edgar Hoover.

Princess Elizabeth S Spy

Author: Susan Elia MacNeal
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553907573
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Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain’s beloved royals against an international plot—one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5. Spirited, strong-willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code-breaking, she fully expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British front. Instead, to her great disappointment, she is dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle, where she will tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in math. Yet castle life quickly proves more dangerous—and deadly—than Maggie ever expected. The upstairs-downstairs world at Windsor is thrown into disarray by a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the entire royal family in peril. And as she races to save England from a most disturbing fate, Maggie realizes that a quick wit is her best defense, and that the smallest clues can unravel the biggest secrets, even within her own family. Praise for Mr. Churchill’s Secretary “Delightful may seem a strange word to describe a novel that takes place against the backdrop of the bombings of London during World War II, but it’s appropriate for this debut novel. . . . As sweet as it is intriguing.”—USA Today “A captivating, post-feminist picture of England during its finest hour.”—The Denver Post “Daring . . . Blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel.”—Bookreporter “A ripping good yarn [that] enthralls and satisfies.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch From the Trade Paperback edition.