Title: Another Woman’s Husband
Author: Gill Paul
Publisher: Headline Review
Two women who challenged the Crown. Divided by time. Bound by a secret…
At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.
Rachel’s romantic break in Paris with her fiance ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world…
Richly imagined and beautifully written, Another Woman’s Husband is a gripping, moving novel about two women thrust into the spotlight, followed by scandal, touched by loss.
I didn’t read up much about this novel before I started it, and I’m so glad I didn’t. It really surprised me – both in the plot (I’d forgotten that one of the narratives is set just after Diana’s death in 1997, but find the entire subject so interesting) and the way certain parts seemed unconnected but then came together in unexpected ways.
I loved reading both timeframes; the 1997 narrative is something I can very vaguely remember happening – I was only 7 at the time, but remember where I was at the time as I remember my grandparents and parents being so shocked. It was so interesting to read about – both the parts that were fact, and those that the author fabricated to great effect (And still, despite some exaggeration in some aspects – which the author explains at the end – it’s still completely believable!). I also really enjoyed reading the 1911 timeframe, as that’s a fascinating era to me and always so shocking as it reinforces how different life was back then, especially for women.
The main female characters in Another Woman’s Husband are interesting and likeable, though some of the people around them are definitely not nice people! I felt that Gill Paul did a great job of evoking a real sense of time and place in both storylines. Although it’s not a jam-packed, action-adventure storyline, I still found it gripping; it’s a very well-written, intriguing novel which I’d definitely recommend!
Many thanks to Headline Review and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.