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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,256 ratings  ·  445 reviews
Another Woman's Husband is the latest gripping novel from Gill Paul.

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 be
Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 2nd 2017 by Headline Review
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Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul is a 2017 Headline Review publication.

Interesting historical drama linking together the two women who threatened the British monarchy-

The friendship between Mary Kirk and Wallis Simpson is brought to life in this drama which switches back and forth between the 40s and late 90s when Princess Diana died.

The story goes back to when Mary and Wallis first met as teens and follows their relationship through their adult years, when Mary introduced Wallis to Earnes
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-borrowed
A dual narrative taking place in 1997 with the events of the death of Princess Diana and the early to mid 1900's surrounding the story of Wallis Simpson told through the eyes of a childhood friend.

Gil Paul books for me have that high level of compulsive reading that I usually find myself riveted. Although not always quite sure in which direction the author is heading, I enjoyed the soap opera feel of it all. This book is chalk full of passion, backstabbing, and adultery that would make Jerry Sp
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As a huge history fan, I struggled to contain my excitement when the opportunity arose to read Gill Paul’s new novel. Even if you’re not a complete history buff, there is a high chance you’ll have heard of the name, ‘Wallis Simpson’. Also, if you remember a certain date in 1997 when ‘The People’s Princess’ lost her life, you may already find yourself knowing several of the key points of the storyline without even realis
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
What a fabulous book. I was slightly dubious that it would not live up to my expectations after the The Secret Wife which was wonderful. I was hooked from the start and enjoyed the whole story. So poignant to be reminded of the tragic death of Princess Diana at this time in the parallel story that ran alongside.
Of course I was aware of the story of Edward and Mrs Simpson but it was very interesting to hear this from Wallis's friend's point of view.
I know some artistist licence will have been use
Hazel Gaynor
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this fascinating portrayal of two of history's most famous women, Gill Paul takes us behind the scenes of lives and events we think we know well ... and challenges us to think again. With a pacy narrative that moves between the coming-of-age of a young woman called Wallis in the early 20th century, and the death of Princess Diana in 1997, Another Woman's Husband is a vivid study of Wallis and Diana through two very different lenses: those of Wallis's best friend, Mary, and of a young woman un ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GENIUS!! It’s as if the author had been part of all the events that she wrote about. Based on actual people and events but it’s fiction!?! What?! I was using Google to research EVERYTHING!! I know of Princess Diana, who doesn’t? But as of this book I am officially a fan of hers. Cheers to the author for such a well written book!!
Cheryl James
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The last book of 2018 and what an amazing book it was. I am a true fan of the Royal family and the British history. I had no idea of what the book was about I totally judged it by the cover. Once I heard Princess Diana's name mentioned I was so excited and proceeded to get the details of the story. I loved the story from the beginning to the end. The author did an amazing job intertwining the past with the present. At times this story was a little emotional for I too have loss contact with my be ...more
Joanna Park
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I loved Gill Paul’s first book, The Secret Wife, so when an opportunity arose to be on the blog tour for her new book I happily volunteered.

It was fascinating to learn more about Wallis Simpson and discover more about her early life. I felt she was quite a complex character and I could never work out whether i liked her or not. At times I felt desperately sorry for her as she definitely goes through some tough moments but a
Sarah Swann
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I accidentally took a three month break in the middle of this book. I put it down and it got away from me. But, when I picked it back up I had no problem continuing and finished it quickly. I really enjoyed this story! The dual timeline was great and the stories tied together nicely. I liked both storylines and the characters were fantastic. Really good read!
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gill Paul’s The Secret Wife was one of my top 5 books last year so when the opportunity to read and review Another Woman’s Husband came my way, I may have done a little jig around my living room. When I finally settled down to read, I immediately knew I was in for another treat.

August 31st, 1997. For many of us, this date is probably burnt into our brains. This day is how the story starts when Rachel and her fiancé, Alex, find themselves in a taxi right behind the car accident that claims the li
DNF @ 32%

Unfortunately, I just could not get into this book. I thought I would love it based on the story line, but I was just so bored. I am not sure if it is the writing style or if things were just moving along too slowly, but I am throwing in the towel here.

Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for my advanced readers copy.
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wallis Simpson and Princess Diana - two women who left everlasting impressions on the British monarchy

I was hesitant about this book - I had a hard time to see the connection between these two (in)famous women. But I was pleasantly surprised.

In 1911, Mary and Wallis meet at a summer camp and become fast friends. In 1997 Rachel and her fiance witness the crash that killed Princess Diana. The book follows both the evolution of Mary and Wallis' friendship through the decades, through marriages, d
3 stars - It was good.

Dual timeline narrative with the modern-ish day having the death of Princess Diana in the background. This timeline was ok though the heroine’s stupidity is exasperating to the point it can pull you out of the story. (view spoiler)
Roman Clodia
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
There are times when only fluffy easy-reading will do and this is ideal: the stronger strand follows the life of Wallis Simpson via her best friend from school; the weaker story is about a documentary-maker investigating the death of Princess Diana and, frankly, it flounders around before fizzling out, and there's only the flimsiest connection between the two stories.

It's obviously not deep and meaningful but is less sentimental than it could have been. With attention to gorgeous dresses, it's g
Wow wow and wow again. How have I not heard of this true life story before? Wallis simpson and Princess Diana are such iconic figures but Wallis's childhood and life up until and after she married the king of England is utterly fascinating! With a brilliant touch of phrase and a deft touch of historical intrigue and creative flourish, the period and the people come to life from the page. I half expect the finished book to have gilded pages and be displayed in the shops on a velvet cushion.

The st
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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 t
Angela Smith
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure about how I felt with princess Diana being part of the story (only in name) at first but I got used to it.

The book is set in two different eras. In 1997 the story is about Alex and Rachel. They have just gotten engaged the night of Diana's fateful crash. They witness the aftermath of the crash in the Paris tunnel.

The other sections of the book start out in the 1900s when Wallis Simpson was a young girl (Mary) and how she and Mary Raffay become like sisters. Mary Raffay was a real
An utterly mesmerising and enchanting read - I adored every bit of it, especially the story of Wallis Simpson.

Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having devoured Gill Paul's previous novels I couldn't wait to get my hands on this and was very lucky to be able to see a preview of it. Whenever you read a book from a favourite author you wonder if it will live up to their other work but when reading Gill Paul's books you know you're going to get a special book, rich with history and atmosphere with beautifully crafted characters and with plenty of themes that keep you wanting to turn those pages- this is definitely the case with Another Woma ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Gill Paul’s writing; having reviewed on the blog her two previous historical novels, No Time for A Lady (Crimea War) and The Secret Wife (the Romanovs), my excitement levels were sky high when I first heard that the next release would be another historical, this time featuring Wallis Simpson.

The story is set over two timelines and focuses on two historic events. The tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales in Paris in August 1997 and decades before, the life and marriage of Wallis Simpson
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gill Paul weaves pure magic with words. Another Woman's Husband has kept me gripped for the past few days, and I can honestly say that this is going to be one of my favourite reads of 2017.

I've always been intrigued and fascinated by Wallis Simpson, and whilst some of this story is fictionalised, there is no doubt that a whole lot of it is based on the truth. Add the story of our modern-day icon; Princess Diana, and for me, this was always going to be a winner.

Another Woman's Husband is a dual n
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I was a little torn on reading this book. I am fascinated by Wallis Simpson. Here's a woman who shook up the entire British monarchy and changed the course of its history. She is fascinating and I love reading about her, both in fiction and non-fiction. I also am fascinated by Princess Diana. I was just barely a teenager when she passed away but that day still stands out very much in my mind. It was the part of the book about Princess Diana that tore me on reading this book. ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Another Woman's Husband is a dual storyline book about Rachel who witnesses the crash in Paris that killed Princess Diana. She returns home to London and is fascinated to learn that the Princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, just some hours before the crash. What was she doing that the place and Rachel can't stop herself, she starts to investigate the link between Diana and Wallis.

I found Another Woman's Husband to be a fascinating story. We get to read about Wallis th
Deborah O'Regan
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was good timing, on my part, to be read for the week that was in it! Two stories one started on the night Diana , Princess of Wales, died and the other started with Wallis Simpson as a fifteen year old. In usual historical fiction style both stories come together in the end. It was good guessing the connection through out the book.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases, 2017

Having read and loved Gill Paul's previous books I was very excited to see that "Another Woman's Husband" is going to be published. To be honest with you, I haven't even read the synopsis - well, it IS Gill Paul's book, right, so it must be brilliant, no? It took me a little by surprise to eventually discover that the story features real characters, such as Diana Spencer and Wallis Simpson for example, but it doesn't mean that the story was not as exciting and rich with historical facts, full of
The Lit Bitch
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept popping up randomly as an advertisement on Goodreads. At first I kind of ignored it but then I stared seeing people talking about it on Twitter and Instagram

The next thing I know, I am picking it up at the library to read. Clearly the title indicates that this book is probably going to contain a little love triangle of sorts, but it’s so much more than that. This was an exceptional read and I was thrilled to crack it open each night.

I loved how this story wove together two differe
Lynda Kelly
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Another superb read from this author. I just loved The Secret Wife and didn't think she'd do another I'd like as much but she did !! Can't wait to read the Titanic one and I just spotted there's a newer one out later this year as well ! Terrific news.
Most of this one tells us all about Wallis Warfield, who of course became the stuff of legends and lies, Mrs Simpson. I've always found our royal family can be a nasty bunch on the quiet, especially the sainted Queen Mother. From what I've read abou
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wondered if this book would be redundant of another book I read a couple of decades ago about the king who abdicated for an American divorcee. In some ways, it was but only to the extent to establish Wallis’ character. What previous accounts left blank that this one covers wonderfully are the supporting characters of Wallis Simpson’s climb into the history books. In fact, the POV is written as a very old friend of Wallis who plays an important part in her story.

Since I read the earlier book,
I liked how this story was told, with 2 women that had a big impact on English royalty, some say good, some say bad about both.

I wish that the 2 women could have had time together, to speak more, they probably would have had lots of things to talk about and had fun doing it. There were times that I thought Wallis got a bad rap, but more often I felt like Wallis got what she deserved. The way that this author wrote her was very self involved and selfish. I felt for Mary, hated how Wallis seemed
Emma Crowley
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I only discovered the wonderful author Gill Paul the year before last when I read No Place for a Lady. Then last year along came the brilliant The Secret Wife and now she is back once again with another intriguing, interesting read - Another Women's Husband. This new book again blends historical fact with fiction with a focus on Wallis Simpson and Princess Diana. The subject matter of this story is very timely considering the imminent 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. It still feels li ...more
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