Title: The Other Windsor Girl
Author: Georgie Blalock
Pages: 390 Pages
Publisher: William Morrow
In a historical debut evoking the style of The Crown, the daughter of an impoverished noble is swept into the fame and notoriety of the royal family and Princess Margaret’s fast-living friends when she is appointed as Margaret’s second Lady-in-Waiting.
Diana, Catherine, Meghan…glamorous Princess Margaret outdid them all. Springing into post-World War II society, and quite naughty and haughty, she lived in a whirlwind of fame and notoriety. Georgie Blalock captures the fascinating, fast-living princess and her “set” as seen through the eyes of one of her ladies-in-waiting.
In dreary, post-war Britain, Princess Margaret captivates everyone with her cutting edge fashion sense and biting quips. The royal socialite, cigarette holder in one hand, cocktail in the other, sparkles in the company of her glittering entourage of wealthy young aristocrats known as the Margaret Set, but her outrageous lifestyle conflicts with her place as Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister. Can she be a dutiful princess while still dazzling the world on her own terms?
Post-war Britain isn’t glamorous for The Honorable Vera Strathmore. While writing scandalous novels, she dreams of living and working in New York, and regaining the happiness she enjoyed before her fiancé was killed in the war. A chance meeting with the Princess changes her life forever. Vera amuses the princess, and what—or who—Margaret wants, Margaret gets. Soon, Vera gains Margaret’s confidence and the privileged position of second lady-in-waiting to the Princess. Thrust into the center of Margaret’s social and royal life, Vera watches the princess’s love affair with dashing Captain Peter Townsend unfurl.
But while Margaret, as a member of the Royal Family, is not free to act on her desires, Vera soon wants the freedom to pursue her own dreams. As time and Princess Margaret’s scandalous behavior progress, both women will be forced to choose between status, duty, and love…
Out of all of the members of the royal family none have ever interested me more than Princess Margaret. She is the princess who had it all but had nothing too. She was a member of the most famous family in the world. Wealth, jewels and stature was all hers to have but all she really wanted was the freedom to love who she wanted to. It may be a mix up with art imitating life and all of that but through programs like The Crown and now this book – The Other Windsor Girl – you get the impression that the royal family has learned from its mistakes in trying to control relations among the heirs as the scandal costs them too much in the end…or this could just be my interpretation.
The Other Windsor Girl looks at the woman behind the family persona and paints her has a real, flawed and broken girl. Georgie Blalock – whom you can tell by her lovely rich writing is fascinated by the royal family – has not sugar coated just how difficult Princess Margaret’s life was or indeed just how difficult she made things for herself.
This is a really good historical novel which makes us remember that privilege doesn’t just come in diamonds and pearls but comes with the freedom of not having a country to be responsible for and the more importantly the freedom to love whomever we choose without media and governmental scrutiny.
The Other Windsor Girl by Georgie Blalock is available now.
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