Gone With the Windsors

Gone With the Windsors

A Novel

Book - 2006
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The scandalous divorc#65533;e who led the besotted Prince of Wales to abdicate his throne first appears in the fictional diary of Maybell Brumby as her schoolmate Bessie, a charity girl with pretensions and good cheekbones. "I'm Wallis," she snarls, "and if you call me anything else you're going to be sorry."

One social climber swiftly recognizes another. When life's whimsical currents toss these two gilt-edged gold diggers together again as adults, history will change its course.

Maybell is the wealthy, friskily young widow of a Baltimore bore, eager to break into London society. Wallis has jettisoned husband number one and is looking for the escape hatch from husband number two; impoverished as ever, she's armed only with that terrific bone structure, a few erotic tricks she's picked up in the Far East, and the determination to land the most eligible bachelor in the world. And now, to help her on her quest, she has her old chum Maybell, along with her inexhaustible trust fund and her useful inability to recognize the deft touch of a born con artist.

Trailing a cloud of Worth perfume and an ermine stole, missing the point of every conversation, the deliciously dim Maybell witnesses the courtship of the twentieth century and the scandal that rocked a monarchy--recording all in her diary.

As light as a meringue, as fizzy as a freshly popped bottle of champagne, Gone with the Windsors is a supremely clever entertainment.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060872717
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 403 p. : map ; 24 cm.


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athompson10 May 13, 2015

Very fun to read. Clueless Maybell Brumby has a front-row seat to the rise of Wallis Simpson, London society, the abdication and its aftermath.

Jan 07, 2009

Excellent book - I really enjoyed it. Some readers may find the it hard to follow the number of different characters being introduced. But I thought it was a fantastic story about two infamous characters in history.


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