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The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen

The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen

Escrito por Karen Harper

Narrado por Bianca Amato


The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen

Escrito por Karen Harper

Narrado por Bianca Amato

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3.5/5 (21 avaliações)
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10 horas
Editora:
Lançado em:
May 19, 2020
ISBN:
9780062987808
Formato:
Audiolivro

Descrição

If you love Jennifer Robson or The Crown you will love New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper's novel about Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

1939. As the wife of the King George VI and the mother of the future queen, Elizabeth—"the queen mother"—shows a warm, smiling face to the world. But it's no surprise that Hitler himself calls her the "Most Dangerous Woman in Europe." For behind that soft voice and kindly demeanor is a will of steel.

Two years earlier, George was thrust onto the throne when his brother Edward abdicated, determined to marry his divorced, American mistress Mrs Simpson. Vowing to do whatever it takes to make her husband's reign a success, Elizabeth endears herself to the British people, and prevents the former king and his brazen bride from ever again setting foot in Buckingham Palace.

The Elizabeth holds many powerful cards, she's also hiding damaging secrets about her past and her provenance that could prove to be her undoing.

In this riveting novel of royal secrets and intrigue, Karen Harper lifts the veil on one of the world's most fascinating families, and how its "secret weapon" of a matriarch maneuvered her way through one of the most dangerous chapters of the century.

Editora:
Lançado em:
May 19, 2020
ISBN:
9780062987808
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Audiolivro


Sobre o autor

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author KAREN HARPER is a former Ohio State University instructor and high school English teacher. Published since 1982, she writes contemporary suspense and historical novels about real British women. Two of her recent Tudor-era books were bestsellers in the UK and Russia. Harper won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for Dark Angel, and her novel Shattered Secrets was judged one of the best books of the year by Suspense Magazine.

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  • (3/5)
    It was ok, but a bit repetitive with the Queen going on an on about her secrets. Absolutely loved the narrator though, and will be searching out more books she has done.
  • (2/5)
    This was a narrow-minded, stilted long drawn out rehashing of why Queen Elizabeth Bowes Lyon detested Edward, known as David to the Royal Family, the Duke of Windsor and his wife, Wallis Simpson. I slogged through; Poor Bertie, hateful David, oh me, oh shall I ever share the truth of what happened, or shall I keep it all to my poor brave self? Oh, what a trial, of what a slog.There are far better books regarding the events of World War II during the reign of King George and Queen Elizabeth. Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for a copy.
  • (3/5)
    I have read quite a few novels set during WWII and was looking forward to reading this book, but I struggled to get through it. I had my own favorable opinion of the “Queen Mum” who always seemed to be by her daughter’s (Queen Elizabeth II) side. The woman presented in this was cold and calculating. Every bit of rumor and gossip against her was presented and became quite tiring. I’ll stay with my image of the sweet smiling women who helped the king guide England through the war.
  • (2/5)
    I was looking forward to reading this book, until I discovered what the secrets were. Since I am interested in the British royal family and know a good deal about them, I had to go immediately to the computer and research the claims made in the book. I found that the source is a book that proposed these secrets based on some random gossip that is not well researched at all. It was basically a gossip book written by someone who only has a title because she married into it for all of 18 months. I did enjoy the history portions and did get a sense of how it might have been for her during WWII. I think that the slander to family members of the reigning queen was unnecessary and didn't make for a good novel. I was given a free copy of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.
  • (1/5)
    If I was not obligated to review this ARC, I would not have read this book beyond the first few chapters. I actually threw it on the floor at one point.I loved and admired "The Queen Mother" and do not believe she has been portrayed correctly. In this novel, she suffers from a severe lack of self-worth and every compliment she receives is the greatest thing since sliced bread. The fact that her husband rules during WWII is ancillary to her story which can't be shared here. However, in every chapter the “great secret” of the title was mentioned and the guilt that the Queen bore all during her married life that were her husband to find out; or, if she had the courage to tell him, would he still love her.
  • (2/5)
    In a past life, I was a history teacher so not surprisingly I love historical fiction. That is why I requested an ARC of The Queen's Secret, though I had never heard of nor read Karen Harper. Unfortunately, I won't be reading her other novels. Based on the WWII life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, this novel, at best is lite historical fiction akin to 'chick-lit' and I prefer more meat to my historical fiction. In addition, it's also repetitious ad nauseam both in multiple plotlines and dialog, and her great secret, actually secrets, are completely fictitious (yes I know this is fiction). One of these secrets is based on a much-maligned non-fiction book by a minor Royal and both secrets are simply not true and could have been completely left out of this book. Granted this is fiction and doesn't claim to be anything more but too many people don't seem to know the difference between truth and fiction these days. Though the 'history', timeline and characters are accurate, the real-life of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in the 1930s and 40s would have been more than sufficient for an enjoyable and informative novel without the 'secrets' .
  • (2/5)
    I wanted to love this book. I have read several books on Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother. When it opened on her 100th birthday I expected the story to unfold in person over her long life, with concentration on the WWII years.Instead, we get references to and revelations of some secrets that could be problematic if revealed. Mostly, it's negative feelings toward her brother in law The Duke of Windsor and his American born wife, Wallis. The other secrets the character of Queen Elizabeth reveals are , in my opinion, gossip conjecture, or rumors I have read elsewhere. One in particular could simply be a plot device. Sometimes I felt the character of Queen Elizabeth was a fearful, insecure person, and at other times she seemed resolute. I have always felt that the real Queen Elizabeth was an iron butterfly who didn't like to face confrontation and avoided it at all costs. While she was a rock for her husband and family during his reign, she softened and floated through her golden years in a royal cloud of luxury.I think my biggest problem with the book is that it was difficult to reconcile the fictional Queen Elizabeth with the real woman, who still looms large in her country's history and her family's legacy.
  • (3/5)
    Usually I like books by author, especially "The Royal Nanny", "The American Duchess", and my favorite "The First Princess." However, this book fell flat. I felt like I was reading the Nation Enquirer. I felt like I had to choose either Team Duke and Duchess of Windsor or Team King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. I felt the author was Team David and Wallis. Every lurid and sensational rumor or scandal. that could be brought up about the Royal family and the Queen Mother was written about here. Furthermore, there was no authors note to address some of these more sensastionlal speculations. There is also no bibliography to read more about the subjects in this novel. This story begins at the public celebration of the Queen Mother's 100th birthday. The Queen Mother begins reminiscing over her long life beginning in Scotland with her large happy family and doting parents and so the the speculations and "secrets" begin. She grows into a beautiful and accomplished young woman and her problems with David, the Prince of Wales begin. Hence my problem with the novel. I understood the first ten times the author brought it up, the next fifty times were not needed. The Queen Mother was a busy woman with a war on. I doubt she spent every minute obsessing over the Windsors raising a family and helping in the war effort and standing by her husband. There was so much to write about Queen Elizabeth for the book to be so repetitive. The author could have trusted the reader not to forget all the "secrets" without being reminded repeatedly. There were parts of the book that showed real promise and I wish they had been expanded on. The scene between Prince Charles and the Queen Mother. The author was able to show the very real love and affection between them. The scenes of Queen Elizabeth comforting the wounded and her subjects that had been bombed in the East End. These scenes showed her humanity and why her subjects loved her so much. Also, the scenes of the Princess Elizabeth in love and also eager to serve her country. Very good reading. More of this kind of writing would have made this book a more enjoyable read. At least for me. Maybe I am more Team Bertie and Elizabeth.
  • (4/5)
    Queen Elizabeth (the queen mother) struggles through the trials of WWII and secrets of her own past while trying to encourage the country and her husband, King George VI. I really didn't know much about the queen mother, and this was an eye-opening view of her life. I feel I understand more about the royal family than I did before. It also reveals things about Edward VIII, and why Britain was much better off with George VI as king during WWII.
  • (3/5)
    The Queen in the title is Queen Elizabeth's mother, the wife of King George VI. The Queen Mother lived to be over 100 years old; this book covers mainly the years before and up to the end of World War II. The author has researched thoroughly the Queen Mother and the reader can imagine the dialogue being close to true.The Queen had several secrets which I will not reveal most but only the most shocking. The majority of her marriage did not share the bed of her husband but she declared she loved. Both Queen Elizabeth and her sister were not conceived naturally. The royals do make for interesting reading. Queen Mother did have a heavy influence over her husband and even joined him and Winston Churchill during their weekly luncheons. She was an advisor and an influencer. One point of interest, of which I was unaware, Princess Elizabeth fell in love with her future husband Prince Philip at the age of 13 and fought her Mother to stay in contact with him. Elizabeth was not forced to marry that she did not love. Strange that her son was forced to marry Princess Diana. One element of this book that I did not enjoy was the constant reference to how much Queen Mother hated the Duke of Windsor and that horrible woman. After reading this book, I do understand why but for the author to keep repeating the fact was tiresome. Regardless, this is an enjoyable and insightful book about Queen Mother.
  • (4/5)
    I found this book to be a very interesting read. The book takes place in England during WWII and tells the story from Queen Elizabeth's (later known as the Queen Mum) point of view. Elizabeth Bowes Lyon was first in love with David/ Edward, Prince of Wales and later king until he abdicated in order to marry Wallis Simpson. Edward was quite the playboy and we learn of his ill treatment to Elizabeth while she thought she was in love with him..he is not a very nice person. He wasn't interested in her we discover. She does, after turning him down twice, marry the brother "Bertie" second in line to the throne who becomes King George VI after his brother abdicated the throne.So many secrets we discover about the royal family. Secrets that slowly come to light. We live through the war with conversations with Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth, King George, their children Princess Elizabeth (the future queen), Princess Margaret. I knew very little about the queen only seeing her as the beloved Queen Mum, mother of the present Queen Elizabeth. So read the book to get the background story and a very interesting story it turned out to be.