A love so strong, a king renounced his kingdom-all for that woman. Or was she just an escape route for a king who never wanted to rule? Bestselling author Wendy Holden takes an intimate look at one of the most notorious scandals of the 20th century.
1928. A middle-aged foreigner comes to London with average looks, no money and no connections. Wallis's first months in the city are lonely, dull and depressing. With no friends of her own she follows the glamorous set in magazines and goes to watch society weddings. Her stuffy husband Ernest's idea of fun, meanwhile, is touring historic monuments.
When an unexpected encounter leads to a house party with the Prince of Wales, Wallis's star begins to rise. Her secret weapon is her American pep and honesty. For the prince she is a breath of fresh air. As her friendship with David-as his friends call him-grows, their relationship deepens into love. Wallis is plunged into a world of unimaginable luxury and privilege, enjoying weekends together at his private castle at Windsor.
Wallis knows the fun and excitement can't last. David will have to marry and she will return to Ernest. The sudden death of George V seems to make this inevitable; David is now King. To her shock and amazement, however, he refuses to give her up or recognize that they are facing impossible odds. Her fairy tale becomes a nightmare. The royal family close ranks to shut her out and Ernest gives an ultimatum.
Wallis finds herself trapped when David insists on abdicating his throne. She can't escape the overwhelming public outrage and villainized, she becomes the woman everyone blames-the face of the most dramatic royal scandal of the twentieth century.
Wendy Holden arbeitete als Journalistin für den Daily Telegraph, bevor sie sich dem Schreiben von Büchern widmete. Besonders die Lebensgeschichten außergewöhnlicher Persönlichkeiten haben sie schon immer fasziniert. Neben vielen erfolgreichen Biographien verfasste sie auch ein Buch über den Hund Uggie, den sympathischen Lebensretter aus dem Hollywood-Film The Artist . Wendy Holden lebt mit ihrem Ehemann und ihren zwei Hunden in Suffolk, England.