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The Queens Secret A Paperback Original Also Available As A Hardcover Library EditionIf You Love Jennifer Robson Or The Crown You Will Love New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Harper S Novel About Elizabeth, The Queen Mother 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 SteelTwo 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 PalaceElizabeth Holds Many Powerful Cards, She S Also Hiding Damaging Secrets About Her Past And Her Provenance That Could Prove To Be Her UndoingIn 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

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    Set during a time period of WWII Two years earlier Edward, briefly King Edward VIII, abdicates his throne for his American mistress His younger brother Bertie, King George VI, takes over the throne His wife Elizabeth Bowes Lyon vows to make her husband s reign a success and to keep the former king and his brazen bride away from Buckingham Palace This is her story her triumphs and her struggles, including some secrets which she protects at first and then tries to bring them to light.June 1939, the international situation is deteriorating and war fever is in the air.Hopeless negotiations are over Life soon turned into nightmare , when Hitler s forces invaded Poland on 1 September 1939 Elizabeth is appointed commandant in chief of the women s services Now, just the beginning of the war, the exhaustion is already touching her from all the public visits, inspecting preparedness for war She is supportive in her husband s political decisions and is one of his closest advisors, often looking over his speeches.Their views do not necessarily align with the new Prime Minister Churchill, but she recognizes his brilliance and that it is better to work with him than against him.Hitler declares her of being the most dangerous woman in Europe, making allies, rallying others to England s cause Her skills for planning are in need to smooth everything out with Mrs Roosevelt and General Eisenhower Both are essential to the cause of uniting both countries to end the war And she takes this very seriously to carry her load to influence them both.Despite being called the most dangerous woman in Europe, she has a soft side She is a caring mother to her children and a caring queen to her people in trying times when good word or warm smile can mean so much She has her weaknesses and struggles as well She feels miserable as a wife, at least at times, and its cause is rooted in the past event This cause gets repeated quite a lot, especially in the second part of the book It could be curbed a bit.It is interesting to read the view from British perspective about the beginning of the war When Poland was horribly bombed, it seemed as nothing was happening on the islands And how royals from other countries fled to England for safety And later how Londoners used Underground stations for shelter.The characters are very likeable, especially the ones coming from different backgrounds, and giving a drastic contrast The royals contrasting with the humble upbringing of General Eisenhower is brilliant I also enjoyed the innocent behavior of two daughters, who wanted to look at good looking men in uniforms or fight the Germans with Granny s walking canes.The way the snippets of her childhood or past or legend of monster of Glamis are injected into the story shows a very well thought through writing.The story and dialogue flow effortlessly P.S Highly recommend a parallel story about Winston Churchill s wife Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict FB BestHistoricalFiction

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    In 1923, Elizabeth Angela Margurite Bowes Lyon married the Albert Fredrick Arthur George the Duke of York, the second son of King George V and Queen Mary His older brother Edward was destined to be the king of England until he fell in love and married the divorcee Wallis Simpson, he had to abdicate the throne and his younger brother George became the king.In 1936, when George became the king of England, he had no idea that three years later he and Winston Churchill would be united in defending England from the Germans and Hitler On the 11th of September 1939 the British Empire declared war on Nazi Germany and both countries were at war yet again Queen Elizabeth supported her husband during the war years she visited troops, hospitals, factories all while being a loving mother to her daughters Elizabeth and Margaret The royal family shared the same hardships as the common people, rationing, water restrictions, Buckingham Palace was damaged during a bombing raid and the royal couple spent most nights at Windsor Castle Elizabeth was famously quoted as one of the Most Dangerous Women in Europe by Hitler himself and we all think of her as the sweet elderly queen mother with a gentle smile The details of Queens Elizabeth s place of birth are rather vague she was born on the 4th of August 1900 and was her family keeping a secret of exactly where she born and why Or was it because at the time many children were born at home and paperwork wasn t as through as it is today and nothing was covered up at all The whole story of Edward abdicating the throne and being removed from his Royal duties creates a lot of interest Were all fascinated by the Royal family and it has to be one of the most famous families in the world Queen Elizabeth was the matriarch of her family, she supported her husband during WW II, when he died she supported her daughter Elizabeth when she became the Queen of England Karen Harper uses theories regarding the queen mother s parentage and her relationship with her husband Bertie in her latest book and some of story seemed a little farfetched to me However I did enjoy reading The Queen s Secret, especially about the Queen s achievements, how she supported her husband, her country during WW II and her relationship with her two daughters Elizabeth and Margaret Rose I gave the book four stars and thanks to Edelweiss for my ARC I have shared my review on Goodreads, Edelweiss, Twitter and my blog.

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    Karen Harper BK, Ohio University, 1966AuthorFrom the publisher 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.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.

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    The Queen s Secret by Karen Harper is a fabulous historical fiction piece focussing on Queen Elizabeth the wife of King George VI and mother to Queen Elizabeth II This novel is placed during the years 1939 1945 with many flashbacks to Elizabeth s youth and earlier marriage years The novel allows the reader to experience ER s inner thoughts, dreams, fears, rationales, and musings This, to me, made the character realistic, interesting, and relatable Being a huge English Monarchy fan myself, I know quite a bit about past and present royalty, but Queen Elizabeth seems to be one of those overlooked modern day royals I find her fascinating, strong, steadfast, and loyal I was truly thrilled when I saw that there was going to be a book that was devoted to her I thought the author did an amazing job recreating what her thoughts and beliefs would be like if one were to tap into Elizabeth s stream of consciousness She was real, she was flawed, she was imperfect, yet loving , supportive, and strong She was handed many a difficult task, and I feel, held up to the challenge quite well.I thought the prose was ingenious There were small one liners and snippets that were hilarious, caught the reader off guard, and made me laugh out loud The author was just superb in creating the inner workings of Queen Elizabeth to what I feel would be what would reflect she might have been thinking at that time It was great and I loved every moment of it 5 5 stars.Thank you E.W and HarperCollins for this amazing ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my and BN accounts upon publication Thank you again

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    Karen Harper has another hit on her hands with this one It s the story of the Queen Mother particularly during WWII The story also includes her support of King George VI and Winston Churchill during the war as well as revealing some secrets in the Queen s past that she may want to keep hidden It s a fascinating story that should resonate with those who love Marie Benedict as well as Karen Harper s other books.

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    I have always been a fan of the Queen Mother.I adored this novel Exquisitely written.

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    First thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for an e ARC copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion of it.Having recently finished reviewing Lady Clementine I was excited to read this book about the other great woman behind the man Queen Elizabeth wife of King George VI The books title The Queen s Secret has many different meanings but the ultimate secret no spoilers did at times get annoying to continue to read about it over and over again With that aside I did enjoy the book and it was never boring with just the right balance of narrative and dialogue.A recommended read.

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    England 1939 to 1945To Hitler, she was the most dangerous woman in Europe , but to Lillibet and Margot, she was Mummy And to the people of Britain, she was Queen Elizabeth, wife to King George VI It was a mere two years into their reign after her husband s older brother, the Prince of Wales, David to his family, and, for a short time, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne for love Now, however, the winds of war were upon them, and Elizabeth would find herself reluctantly thrust into the spotlight.Elizabeth Bowes Lyon was the youngest daughter of the Earl of Strath and Kinghorne She and her younger brother, David, grew up at Glamis Castle in Scotland It was a large, happy family, and Elizabeth adored her older siblings and her parents They mingled with royals, and early on Elizabeth had a crush on the Prince of Wales and had dreams of marrying him But his eyes were on others, many others, and his younger brother, Bertie, started courting Elizabeth After turning down his proposal twice, she was finally convinced by his mother to marry him At the time, they were the Duke and Duchess of York But their world, and that of their two daughters, was turned upside down when Edward VIII chose Wallis Simpson over the throne.Not a shrinking violet, Elizabeth was the strength behind the throne Bertie leaned on her and once England went to war with Germany, she was a vital and inspiring link to the public, and, once Winston Churchill became Prime Minister, Elizabeth was included in many war meetings Meanwhile, she saw to her daughters needs, tried to show strength and perseverance to the people of London during the Blitz, while bolstering her husband s reign But, behind the strong facade, Elizabeth had many secrets she kept hidden from her husband, her family, and, most importantly, the British public She thoroughly despised her brother in law, and especially that woman who forced Elizabeth s husband to take on a task he was ill prepared for With Churchill as an ally, she was able to convince her husband to prevent his brother from returning to England during the war Bertie was used to consulting with his wife before making difficult decisions.THE QUEEN S SECRET is a book of fiction, so some of the rather shocking revelations may raise a few eyebrows The story is narrated by Elizabeth and her thoughts and feelings are realistic and, at times, very emotional She was a force to be reckoned with and this book gives us a brief look at the war years Well researched and beautifully written, I highly recommend THE QUEEN S SECRET.

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    I received this book through a Goodreads.com contest in exchange for my honest review thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for this opportunity.All in all, I enjoyed this book Historical fiction is a favorite of mine, so adding this book to my want to read list was a no brainer I felt the author did a wonderful job of letting us peer into the emotions of royalty during WWII, especially the queen They were afraid and worried like the everyday citizen of England and yet were still expected to put on a brave front and indeed, travel around to various places to inspire and reassure the people The tremendous courage and resolve it took was inspiring to me In addition, we had the continual troubling saga of the prior king and his mistress, always seemingly intent on disruption and chaos, even coming close to treason That added element of stress must have been unbearable at times, and yet the queen persevered There were two things I felt needed improvement, or that didn t quite fit The way the two princesses were conceived just seemed impossible for those times I would have appreciated an author s note at the end of the book if indeed her research showed that to be a real possibility The second thing was the queen s horrible experience as a young woman with the former king I liked the way the author gradually led the reader to finally understand why the princesses were conceived the way they were or why her private relationship with the king was as remote as it was.but somehow her emotional reaction didn t ring true to me Such a traumatic experience obviously affected her dramatically and yet it didn t seem to emotionally affect her like I would have imagined However, dealing with the stress of the war might have been the reason such feelings would have had to have been suppressed during the duration of the book.At any rate, these were really small detractions from the book as a whole The book was well written and flowed well I loved the chance to see the perspective of another country s citizen during a dark period of our shared history I m looking forward to reading further books by this author.

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    The Queen s Secret is a historical fiction novel told in the voice of Queen Elizabeth, wife of King George VI Bertie , mother to the future Queen Elizabeth II It s the beginning of WWII and Elizabeth, called the most dangerous woman in Europe, by Hitler, shares her most intimate struggles and secrets The story progresses from the early seeds of the war in 1939 until its conclusion in 1945 The plot reads like a detailed diary, complete with dialogue and history.Unfortunately, this novel fell flat for me on many levels Despite the novel s title, the queen has many secrets, not just one These secrets are revealed early in the story, and were of no shock or surprise to me The story moved along at a snail s pace, and the plot did not propel me forward to read While I did finish the novel, it took me a long time, relative to how quickly I normally read On a positive note, I did warm up to the queen and I could appreciate the position she was in However, there was no element of intrigue or surprise throughout the book It was a very flat read, as opposed to compelling stories that have peaks and valleys throughout the course of the story.Another disappointment was the lack of an author s note at the end I always look forward to this at the conclusion of a historical fiction novel Perhaps it was because I read an uncorrected e proof, but I always like to read about the author s research process, which often includes materials and sources for further reading and exploration.Thank you to NetGalley for the uncorrected e proof of this book.

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