The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen
I thoroughly enjoy WWII historical fiction!
This novel is told from the perspective of the Queen Mother, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon. The story leads the reader through bombings of London and into bomb shelters with the royals. Elizabeth kept her daughters away from London during this time. Hitler supposedly regarded Elizabeth as the most dangerous woman in Europe due in part to her unofficial political partnerships with her husband, King George VI, and Winston Churchill. They met weekly.
Elizabeth had little positive to say about Edward VIII before or after he abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. She was concerned Edward could cause problems for her husband with undue influence especially when George’s health began to fail. Elizabeth did not want Edward and his wife back in London.
Sadly the author, Karen Harper, passed away from cancer in April. She was the author of over 70 novels including romantic suspense, historical fiction, and mysteries. The Queen’s Secret, her last novel, was published in May.