A few weeks ago I was sent a book to review by Rebecca Dean. I have to admit, it has been nearly a year since I’ve properly read a book due to the fact I have a crazy job & I’m worn out by the time I get home, so find it hard to fit in the time.
However, instead of listening to music on my way to work, I decided to start reading again. Getting this book sent to me was just at the right time & I’ve been reading more ever since.
Rebecca Dean is a pen-name of best-selling novelist Margaret Pemberton. Inspired by her own German/British family history, her fascination with the multi-layered character of Edward VIII continues to fuel much of her fiction. The Golden Prince, the latest book written by Rebecca Dean could not have been better timed for the UK Market seeing as there will be 2 Royal Weddings next year. The book has been met with amazing reviews such as ‘An impressive, epic debut’ by The Daily Mirror as well as being long-listed for the 2011 Romantic Novel of the Year by the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association!
Edward VIII became notorious for abandoning the throne for Mrs Simpson, but in the summer of 1911 he was a prince straight from the pages of a fairy-tale. Raised by the harsh disciplinarian King George V and his unfeeling Queen Mary, the prince longed for the warmth that had been deprived of him.The high society Houghton girls’ lives however, were full of fun, both at their magnificent family seat Snowberry, and at the whirlwind of glamorous parties which punctuated their lives. When a moment of serendipity brings Edward and Lily Houghton together, the pressures of a stuffy court are replaced with the lightness that Edward has dreamt of. But a future monarch could not choose his own Queen, and even an enduring love might falter under the furious gaze of a King. Could the devotion of Edward and Lily triumph against him and the impending doom of World War I? Or would they bow to the inevitable and set in train events that could bring down the Crown, and change the course of history forever?
Now, I’m the first to admit, this style of book is not my usual cup of tea, however, I loved the way the book was written, it was captivating & I couldn’t put it down. The sisters were fascinating as well as the young Prince Edward. The book also makes you think about how the Royal Family has changed since the early 1900’s, nowadays you wouldn’t think twice about “a commoner” marrying a member of the Royal Family, but back then, they had no choice. I can’t even imagine how hard it was growing up during that era, how difficult a decision it was for Edward & how his future changed forever until he abandoned his throne later in life for love.
If you love a good old romance novel, this is for you!
Buy Online via Amazon UK RRP £7.99.