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Summary

Sunday Times best-selling author Andrew Morton reveals new information and sources that totally transform our perception of Wallis Simpson.

Wallis in Love brings a fascinating new perspective on the 20th century's most controversial royal scandal. Andrew Morton's impeccable research and unerring skill for riveting storytelling combine to present a strong case for a new and startling reveal: that the woman who rocked the world with her uncompromising passion for the Prince of Wales may have fooled everyone by keeping the object of her true passion hidden away....

From her relatively lowly beginnings in America - where young Wallis and her mother were dependent on her domineering and powerful uncle Sol, to her rise through the social ranks and her determination to one day beat men at their own game - to the ultimate conquest of the Prince of Wales. Morton paints a vivid and multifaceted picture of a compelling, ambitious and often hard-hearted woman who may have won the jewel in the British crown but very possibly at the expense of her true happiness.

Wallis in Love reveals the men Wallis truly loved, the men who broke her heart - and the hearts she broke in turn. In this vivid, fresh and frankly amazing portrait of the Duchess of Windsor, Morton draws on interviews, secret letters, diaries and never before seen or heard primary sources.

From the day she was born in a ramshackle cottage in the hills to revealing what really happened the night her husband died, Morton paints a fresh and enticing portrait of the Duchess of Windsor.

©2018 Andrew Morton (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Fairytale gone terribly wrong

Having long been fascinated with the history of Mrs Simpson (who went to school not far from where I grew up), the sad details of her increasingly unenviable life which went from bad to worse revealed a most sobering story. I wonder how different the tale might have been had she not been obsessed with the acquisition of a royal title. I did find the narrator’s monotonous droning a bit disappointing, as though he were bored out of his mind.

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Fascinating

But narrated badly by someone who seems absorbed and paying attention to the task at times making listening enjoyable and then becoming careless, expressionless, and at times seemingly bored with the narration. A great shame.

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NOTHING NEW

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would like the Narrator to use an American accent when reading dialogue spoken by Americans. the speech patterns are all wrong!

Would you recommend Wallis in Love to your friends? Why or why not?

Only to people who know very little about Wallis Windsor. So much of this is well covered in other books I've read.

What three words best describe Cameron Stewart’s voice?

Pleasant, clear, English

Do you think Wallis in Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. there is nothing to be added

Any additional comments?

This sadly is really nothing new. It is highly unlikely, given other authors' evidence that Wallis was in love with Herman Rogers. In fact, Anne Sebba has proof that she regretted leaving Ernest, her husband, to whom she wrote after her split form him

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Fascinating insight full of revelation

I knew little about this infamous romance other than the popular view that pervades that Mrs Simpson snagged our King. What the book reveals is a very sad tale of two people enjoying the delights of an illicit relationship before each made dreadful decisions to formalise it. Notwithstanding that Wallace Simpson is a completely unattractive person she was caught up events firmly in the control of a man who never deserved to be King. As commentators now recognise she deserves the nations grateful thanks for keeping him off the throne else WWII might have turned out very differently. If there is any doubt about the former King’s love of Naziism and his innate anti-Semitism there is a passage late in the book that spotlights just how bigoted he was.
They were a couple from another era. While their total disconnection from and by the Royal Family might at one level be considered harsh, it was well deserved on mature reflection and keeping the couple away from anything to do with the UK was sound and sensible.
By the end it is pitiful to read how devoted the Duke of Windsor was to a woman who by then patently and shamelessly loathed him. They deserved each other. The book explains clearly why this must be so. It is also a fascinating insight into high society life in the first half of the last century and makes interesting reading simply as social history.

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  • Lee
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Edward and Mrs Simpson

I've read quite a bit about the abdication and the grand love...or not as this book makes out...so really nothing was new. I've always sat on the fence as to wether or not they were nazis sympathisers, selfish, vain, etc etc and Mr Mortons book didn't produce anything startling. Did Wallis love another? We will never know for sure.

I do know that their actions changed the face of the monarchy and paved the way for other royals to marry people who had previously been divorced. Changed days indeed.....

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Couldn't stop

Loved this and couldn't stop listening, high recommend. Cameron Stewart was excellent, we look for him again. Have read Andrew Morton before, and never fails

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  • Patj
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What a life!

I couldn't hope to keep up with her pace of life and all the characters that appeared before us in this biography. It gave the impression of having been thoroughly researched. I felt sorry for Wallis to begin with but my sympathies died as the book went on. I wonder whether I now have a true picture of the situation that existed. I hope so.

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Eye opening

Excellent research. Eye opening and at times quite shocking insights of the myth we have believed to be the love story of the twentieth century.

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Is this read by a robot ?

The book may be good, but the narration is so annoying I can't listen any more and am going to have to return it. It's not even worth the £2.99 special deal price.

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A waste of lives

Nothing we didn't already know but sometimes a fresh eye is refreshing on an old story.

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