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That Woman by Anne Sebba
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Mar 04, 2012

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Read from March 04 to 10, 2012

An easy, breezy read that provided context and background for this fascinating story. The story of Wallis' childhood, upbringing and her relationship with Edward through to the abdication was reasonably thorough and informative. That said, there was a certain amount of name dropping that was problematic. Key players in the lives of Wallis, Edward and the royal family were not as well defined as I would have liked. Following the abdication in 1936 and the war years, the writing sped up with little real sense of where and how the exiled Windor's lived. So the the first two thirds of the book merited four stars while the final third was disappointing. Finally, the speculation by the author regarding Wallis' true gender or sexual development was interesting but did not bear up under scrutiny when I researched it online for a bit more information. I enjoyed reading it as I knew very little beyond the headlines for this story, but I would have liked something a bit meatier.
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