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The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,253 ratings  ·  208 reviews
If you love The Crown, then this is the book for you!

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
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ebook, 400 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Katie B
3.5 stars

Most of my royal knowledge comes from binge watching The Crown and reading a few biographies. I'd been wanting to learn more about Princess Margaret for awhile now but wasn't really in the mood for a nonfiction book. So when I saw this historical fiction book about the princess it immediately piqued my interest. I did enjoy what the author came up with for the story but I wouldn't necessarily say it was a meaty story.

It's 1949 and even though the war is over, times are still tough for
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Are you a fan of The Crown? I have not watched the show, and I know I should because I’m certain I would love it.

Just after World War II, Princess Margaret is in need of a second Lady-in-Waiting, and she becomes our narrator. Princess Margaret is a handful. She lives fast for her day.

Princess Margaret meets The Honorable Vera Strathmore, a writer of lurid novels, who becomes her second lady-in-waiting. Margaret falls in love with a handsome Captain, only to be reined in by her title and rank in
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Berit☀️✨
Georgie Blalock has written a fascinating tale about Princess Margaret the royal rebel. I have to admit prior to reading this book I really had very little knowledge about Princess Margaret’s life. I have not watched The Crown, but I’m definitely planning on watching it now. I really love books that take place in the 40s and 50s Post WWII, add in all the glitz and glam and pomp and circumstance of the Royals, and I’m all in! Throughout this book I found myself constantly googling to get even ...more
Renee Rosen
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. A fascinating look at Princess Margaret. Review coming soon!
Erin
Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...

I’m loathed to admit it, but I wanted to like Georgie Blalock’s The Other Windsor Girl far more than I did. The subject matter was there, but the execution left me wanting.

Much like Meet Me in Monaco, The Other Windsor Girl tempts the audience with a celebrity that is not its narrator. It is told from the sole perspective of the fictional Vera Strathmore, a structural choice that creates emotional distance between the
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Lisa of Hopewell
My Interest

I’m a royal fan! Princess Margaret was both the Diana and the Harry of her day, so this re-telling of her story piqued my interest. That I happened to listen to the book on the birthday of David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowden and son of Princess Margaret was just extra fun.
The Story

When her cousin brings her to an event Princess Margaret is attending, the Hon. Vera Strathmore [interesting choice of name–Margaret’s maternal grandfather was the Earl of Strathmore] hits it off with
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Davida Chazan
If you call me an Anglophile, I'll say "guilty as charged"! So if you're like me, you might be interested in this recently released novel about Princess Margaret, the troubled younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II. You can read my full book review here. http://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/11/08...
Christine Cazeneuve
First thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for a free e-ARC of the book in exchange for an honest opinion of the book.

I really wanted to like this book because its everything I love to read - royals and historical fiction. However, I just had a very tough time getting into it. I almost stopped reading it which is something I rarely do but decided to keep going out of respect for the author and I am glad that I did. The first half of the book was slow and I just couldn't connect to the main
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Diana
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Excellent narration. A fantastic story about friendship, love, the struggles of forging your own path.
Jackie Latham
Dec 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-bio
I felt the author was trying to write a historical fictional biography of Princess Margaret but it was really just a fancy harlequin romance. Her constant wrong usage in "Buck Place" was beyond irritating. Her description of the relationship between Margaret & the Queen Mother & the Queen herself was insulting. Princess Margaret may not have been the busiest royal but she did work hard to represent the Queen. She was close to her family. Also i felt she couldn't capture the true Princess ...more
Kristy
This book was super predictable...the story of Princess Margeret is told with more subtlety and nuance in the television show, The Crown. The narrator, the surprisingly prudish romance novelist turned lady in waiting of Margret, was very bland and one note to me. At one moment, she’s talking about her own premarital relations with her deceased fiancé and condoms with Margaret, the next she seems shocked that her royal highness is sleeping around?

If you’ve already watched The Crown, you can skip
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Saturday's Child
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel would certainly appeal to anyone who has been watching The Crown series, or those who enjoy reading about the British Royal family. With all of the recent drama among the Royal family this is a reminder that the past was not all-smooth sailing for them either.
Carol lowkey.bookish
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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Christine
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-fic
The Other Windsor Girl was disappointing. Despite the title referring to Princess Margaret, the book is actually about a completely fictional woman named Vera who serves at the Princess' pleasure. What we actually see of Margaret makes her look like a horrible shrew whose attitude and behavior warrants not one ounce of sympathy or tenderness on the behalf of the reader. I wanted to like this book as a bit of easy reading, but instead it was chock full of stereotypical and undeveloped characters. ...more
Jen
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this a lot- I'm very into royal history, so I've been looking forward to it for a while.

But I didn't- Vera seemed less a character than a plot device, and Margaret was just consistently npleasant. I realize that she had a very difficult life, but this novel never gave you hints of why she was also so "sparkling" and loved, by so many people.

It wasn't horrible- the author did her research. I just found it very disappointing.
Betsy
Mar 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
All the Crown-inspired HF books are giving me life lately
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Vera Strathmore thought she had it all. She was engaged to a great guy and even had a career as a novelist writing romance novels under a pseudonym, Mrs. Rose Lavish. However, her world came crumbling down around her when her fiancé was killed in World War II. She now lives at home with her parents and her sister, who will soon be moving out once she's married. Vera has become a bit of a homebody and spends most of her free time writing her romance novels. Princess Margaret is a fan of these ...more
Vicki Sylvia
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the type of book that I easily could have crushed in 1 or 2 sittings, but life has been so busy that time to read has (regrettably) been limited. Was such a delight to read though! The perfect indulgent escape on my commutes.

Ive always been drawn to indulgent historical period pieces so I was so excited when I recieved an ARC of this from HarperCollins.

I'll confess that my knowledge of Princess Margaret was limited when I started this - but did some googling while I was reading. I love
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Reading Mama
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you watch the season 3 premiere of The Crown? Thank you @tlcbooktours @williammorrowbooks @georgieblalock for sending me a copy of The Other Windsor Girl and allowing me to read and review this book!
REVIEW: I've said it before and I'll say it again- I am a HUGE fan of anything and everything royal. This book was no exception. It was fun getting to read about Princess Margaret, who in her day, was the all over the press. Vera, the other main character in the novel, becomes a member of
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Athena
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Beth
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gosh this was boring. I didn’t even finish the last half hour but I will say this was mind numbingly mundane. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Tracy Hansen
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The same storyline as in the Crown series. I still enjoyed it immensely and the Princess Margaret’s scandalous ways. A good read. 3.5 stars
Diane Sallans
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received an Uncorrected Proof of this book thru a Goodreads Giveaway. It's an interesting take on the story of HRH Princess Margaret, starting in 1949, from the viewpoint of the fictional Honorable Vera Strathmore (*) (daughter of a Baron). I've read and seen stories of Princess Margaret's life so had some idea of what her life was like. Even with all her privileges, she had a lot of unhappiness, some self-inflicted, and some because of the rigid palace hierarchy. Vera get's sucked into the ...more
Caitrin
Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Title is misleading, most of this book is about a fictional lady in waiting, not Princess Margaret.
Allie Lane Sandu
2.5 stars —
I really wanted to like this book. On a surface level, it’s chock full of elements I would normally really enjoy. Unfortunately I had trouble keeping track of the secondary characters and most importantly found the pacing super bizarre. The last third of the book felt really rushed.
My other major issue was the main character herself. I just couldn’t get my head around Vera and her motivations. She felt really thinly drawn to me. I didn’t root for her or support the choices she made
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Marlene
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

Vera Strathmore may be telling this story, but it’s Princess Margaret who dominates every single page, just as she does Vera for ten of the best/worst/most notorious years of both of their lives.

This isn’t a complete biography of Margaret, nor is it intended as nonfiction. Not that the reader doesn’t wonder, every single step of the way, how much fact underlies the fiction.

After all, this was a storied life, conducted all too frequently in public, and most
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Ashley
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tedious at times, and essentially a retelling of the first and second season of The Crown. I wanted more from it, but wasn’t too disappointed with what I got. A light, easy read, although I wouldn’t exactly call it a page turner.
Julie
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Margaret has always seemed to me to be a rather sad individual. She was uneducated, her mother has very old-fashioned ideas about what was appropriate for a woman of her station, something that would later haunt Queen Elizabeth, had no expectations placed on her other than being the “spare” to the throne for a number of years, and was often ignored or not taken seriously. She may as well have been a doll on a shelf. But imagine if you lived under those conditions, no aspirations, no ...more
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Thank you William Morrow Books for a free copy to review!
If you've ever wanted to be a fly on the palace walls, you'll love diving into the glamourous life of Princess Margaret. Despite her demure appearance during official royal engagements, her private life was often lived in rebellion to the expectations for the sister of a queen. I thought this author captured the essence of Princess Margaret, much as I had always imagined her to be. By having the protagonist serve as a lady in waiting, it
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Michelle
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: royals
Vera lost her fiancée in the war and has been trying to find her place since. She dreams of moving to New York and being a famous writer.

Her cousin introduces her to Princess Margaret. She is a few years younger than Vera. She’s 19 when they meet. She’s young and a bit wild. She is also frustrated by her lot in life. She won’t ever be the Queen like her sister but she’s still expected to live by the royal family’s rules.

Vera and Margaret bond because they do share some similarities. They have
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