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

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  4,469 ratings  ·  593 reviews
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 n
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Paperback, 377 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
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hall4
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 Talks Books
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 mo ...more
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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 reade
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Renée Rosen
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. A fascinating look at Princess Margaret. Review coming soon!
Stephanie Anze
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
“They've never been able to ignore you, Ma'am."

Vera Strathmore comes from a family of status but not a lot of money. Unknown to her family and to suplement her income, Vera is an author of a sensational novel series, under the pen name of Rose Lavish. When her cousin Rupert introduces her to Princess Margaret, she learns that her Royal Highness is a fan of her novels. Princess Margaret invites Vera to an outing. More outings follow until she is officially part of the Margaret set. In time, Vera
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Denise
Aug 11, 2021 rated it liked it
If you don't like historical fiction with a dash of romance (seriously, it's barely a skoach of romantical notions), then you're gonna want to give this a hard pass. Same warning for those that don't give a rat's ass about royalty, namely British Royals. So, this barely got a 3* rating from me as the story starts out strong, gets tedious & annoying in the middle then redeems itself with a satisfying end. MC Vera feels lost after her fiancée dies during WW2. As the daughter of a Baron, her prospe ...more
Lisa of Hopewell
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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Literary Redhead
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m a British Royal junkie, and after watching The Crown, I became especially interested in Princess Margaret. Georgie Blalock’s marvelous THE OTHER WINDSOR GIRL, told me all I wanted to know and more. This is an engrossing tale as told by Margaret’s fictitious lady in waiting. Seems Queen Elizabeth’s sister was a rebel from the first, and really wanted to be queen while Elizabeth never did. Unlucky in love, too fond of alcohol and the limelight, Margaret never found lasting happiness. An engros ...more
Jackie Latham
Dec 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: royal, 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 instead ...more
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... ...more
Cher
3 stars = Good and worthwhile but something held it back from being great.

Watching The Crown on Netflix, peaked my interest in Princess Margaret Windsor, the Queen’s sister. In many ways, she is the queen’s opposite, impulsive, rebellious, and devilishly witty. I chose this novel to indirectly learn more about her.

The main focus of the story, however, is on the heroine, Vera Strathmore, who ends up befriending and working for the princess. Vera is also interesting, primarily due to her writing
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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
Shelves: audiobooks
Excellent narration. A fantastic story about friendship, love, the struggles of forging your own path.
Kristy
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
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.
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Quite entertaining with characters, especially Vera, who I was routing for the whole way through.

I couldn’t help it—about halfway through or so, I had done a single internet search on Princess Margaret, and thus knew how things would end up with her beaus, but even still, The Other Windsor Girl gave me some surprises along the way that made me smile much as I’m sure Mrs. Lavish’s readers would’ve been smiling had her Victorian books about the aristocracy and their commoner beaus really existed.
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Lynn
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun, light read. A fictionalized account of life of Princess Margaret as told through the eyes of her friend and lady-in-waiting The Honorable Vera Strathmore. Vera’s fiancé was killed during WWII, and she finds herself with no focus in her life, living with her difficult parents and trying to support herself by writing novels. When a relative introduces her to Princess Margaret, her life changes. She is now “someone”, and she becomes a lady-in-waiting to the temperamental and spoiled Princess ...more
Deanna
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m pleased to find this was satisfying, a-little-more-than-light reading.

The Margaret here, and in my parallel online reading about her life, is an unhappy woman starved for real love, purpose, and lasting friendship, and making up for it with attention wherever she can get it. It’s not hard for her to find as the beautiful younger sister of Queen Elizabeth.

As the resentful, caustic rebel princess she’s a hard-living woman steeped in just about every vice and making life choices that objectiv
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Jennifer
Nov 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on audiobook and I enjoyed it. I will definitely read more books by Georgie Blalock.
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
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
Joelle
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: royalty
First of all, if you enjoyed watching The Crown on Netflix, this book will probably be perfect for you.

Secondly, if you are a royal watcher, this book is definitely for you.

Finally, it's just interesting historical fiction that has the ability to capture the imagination.

I enjoy all of the above for various reasons, but mostly I just love an interesting story, especially when I know it has its root in reality. Princess Margaret has always been compelling. She was the natural extrovert of King G
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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 nov ...more
CaliNativeBalboa
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found "The Other Windsor Girl" a perfect, light summer read. To truly enjoy this novel, it helps to be a Crown fanatic, Anglophile and/or royal follower. If none if the above, you may want to give this one a pass.
If you are, this imagining of the life of one of Princess Margaret's inner circle or "set" is a dishy tale of royal rebellion and sulkiness. I never paid much attention to Princess Margaret until the Crown's magnificent actresses' portrayal of the Queen Elizabeth's tempestuous younge
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Jen
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
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.
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Sydney Young
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A bit empty and selfish. That’s how I felt about the Princess after reading the book. Also, I felt the title meant I was going to get, at least in part, more of a first hand account. I do think that seeing it through the invented Vera’s eyes was good, but the title was misleading.
Betsy
Mar 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
All the Crown-inspired HF books are giving me life lately
Karen M
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reading this book will either give you an insight into Princess Margaret’s life as a young woman or will confirm everything you’ve ever known or suspected of her. It confirmed most of what I remember reading about her and, yes, a few things I surmised based on mostly the way she looked in pictures and film of the Royal Family.

She was a rebel within her family but she was ever mindful of who she was and what power she could wield over other people’s lives. Now, she was nowhere as powerful as her
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Khanson919
Aug 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Such a good book. I have read many fiction and non-fiction books about British royalty, but I have not read one like this one before. This book focuses on the Honorable Vera Strathmore lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. To see royalty from the perspective of a close member of the Princess's staff was really interesting. I know this book is a work of fiction, but so much of it rings true to me. I think Georgie Blalock really takes you behind the scenes of what it must have been like to work fo ...more
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Georgie Blalock is a history and movie buff who loves combining her different passions through historical fiction, and a healthy dose of period piece films. When not writing, she can be found prowling the non-fiction history section of the library or the British film listings on Netflix or in the dojo training for her next karate black belt rank. Georgie also writes historical romance under the na ...more

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“They've never been able to ignore you, Ma'am."
"I made damn sure they couldn't. I never let them or anyone tell me what to do, except where Peter was concerned." She sighed, her weak chest rising and falling beneath the teal hospital down. "I'd trade my diamonds for a cigarette."
Vera reached into her purse and pulled out a package of Gigantes she'd purchased at a tobacconist shop on the way to the hospital. She removed the cellophane wrapper and handed it to the Princess, the ability to anticipate Her Royal Highness's needs never having left her, even after all these years.
The Princess didn't thank her, but the delight in her blue eyes when she put one in the good side of her mouth and allowed Vera to light it was thanks enough. The Princess struggled to close her lips around the base, revealing the depths of her weakness but also her strength. She refused to be denied her pleasure, even if it took some time to bring her lips together enough to inhale. Pure bliss came over her when she did before she exhaled. "I don't suppose you brought anything to drink?"
"As a matter of fact, I did." Vera took the small bottle of whiskey she'd been given on the plane and held it up. "It isn't Famous Grouse, I'm afraid."
"I don't care what it is." She snatched the plastic cup off the bedside table and held it up. "Pour."
Vera twisted off the cap and drained the small bottle into the cup. The Princess held it up, whiskey in one hand, the cigarette in the other, and nodded to Vera. "Cheers."
She drank with a rapture equal to the one she'd shown with the cigarette, sinking back into the pillows to enjoy the forbidden luxuries. "It reminds me of when we used to get drinks at the 400 Club after a Royal Command Film Performance or some other dry event. Nothing ever tasted so good as that first whiskey after all the hot air of those stuffy officials."
"We could work up quite a thirst, couldn't we, Ma'am?"
"We sure could." She enjoyed the cigarette, letting out the smoke slowly to savour it before offering Vera a lopsided smile. "We had fun back then, didn't we, Mrs. Lavish?”
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