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

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  42 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 naughty and haughty,of The
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Published November 5th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Renee Rosen
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. A fascinating look at Princess Margaret. Review coming soon!
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
CRz lowkey.bookish
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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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 reader and Princess Margaret and rea
Mar 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
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 nov ...more
Diane Sallans
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 Pr ...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 o
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.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 frequ
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Queen Elizabeth is very well known around the world. The advent of The Crown on TV has reawakened an interest in the early years of her reign and in some of the other members of the aristocracy. The Other Windsor Girl explores the life of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret through her relationship with a fictional character named Vera Strathmore.

WWII has ended and there is a desire, almost a need for those that survived to feel like everything is back to normal. But it is far from
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The British royal family has fascinated us and inspired countless biographies, historical novels, TV series and movies. Much is known about such royals as Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth. A less well-known royal, Elizabeth's sister Princess Margaret, is the star of Georgie Blalock's intriguing historical novel, The Other Windsor.

The story is told through the eyes of the Honorable Vera Strathmore, a woman who tragically lost her fianceé in WWII. Vera's family has lost much
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Other Windsor Girl begins in 1949 with Vera Strathmore, a British woman who lost her fiance in the war, and who is writing romance novels. Vera lives with her family - titled but far from wealthy. When she unexpectedly has the opportunity to become a lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret, she jumps at the chance. Although this means giving up her own aspirations, she finds herself in the middle of a lot of excitement and drama, including Margaret's love affair with Captain Peter Townsend. ...more
Oct 31, 2019 added it
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England is recovering from WWII, and Vera is trying to keep a stiff upper lip despite an overbearing, critical mother and the loss of her fiancé. She has grand plans to scrounge every penny she earns from writing an etiquette column and steamy novels under the pseudonym Miss Lavish so that she can escape her sorrows to New York. When Vera is given a unique opportunity to join Princess Margaret’s exclusive social “Set,” her plans are thwarted when she gets swept up into the world of royalty. Thou ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 waitin
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to open the Goodreads Giveaway package to find this book!
The cover is VEDDY elegant and I felt classy just packing it around, actually.
So, you know this NOVEL is loosely based on real events and people, right? All through the book, I kept reminding myself "It's a novel, it's a novel, it's a novel....". The tricky thing is that some of the people portrayed in the novel are still alive. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Prince Charles (barely mentioned, but still) all make an
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to William Morrow and Goodreads Giveaways for the advance copy for honest review!

I love a good royal story, and I haven't ever read anything focused on Princess Margaret before. The Other Windsor Girl highlights her scandalous, one of a kind life. Her destiny was changed forever as a small child when her uncle abdicated the throne and her father became king (with her sister to become the queen still on the throne today). This story shows her constantly at war with her desire t
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The Other Windsor Girl by Georgie Blalock


Absolutely anything royalty related is right up my alley.

If you love Netflix’s The Crown (the new season is coming Nov. 17!) you will love this book.

While The Crown mainly focuses on Queen Elizabeth II, this book is all about royal rebel, Princess Margaret, her close friends and her lady in waiting, The Honorable Vera Strathmore.

I found this one predictable (yes, crack all those history jokes
Kathleen Gray
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
While this is primarily the story of Princess Margaret, it's also the story of Vera, a fictional lady in waiting who gives up her own aspirations in order to sustain Margaret. Margaret was the subject of much tabloid coverage during her life but it would have been much more extensive (and difficult) had she lived today with all the social media. She's not the most likable woman, even giving her a break for the unique and very odd life she lived, especially as a child. She was not sensitive to ot ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was lucky to receive an advance copy of this delightful book. The story revolves around a writer, the Honorable Vera Strathmore, who meets Princess Margaret by chance at a society function and eventually becomes her lady-in-waiting. The relationships of those in the princess' "Set" are well developed and the author does a great job getting across to the reader just how important societal position is to those who travel in upper-class circles. Vera often struggles with her decision to be both f ...more
Kate Kohler-Ros
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book gives us a peak at the very complex relationship when being an employee of “the Royal Family”. Vera and Princess Margaret are both well developed characters. They are very relatable to anyone who has had a romantic disappointment or two! As the story evolves Vera struggles with work-life-love, and parent expectations all while being in a very glamorous, enviable and delicate position as part of Princess Margaret’s inner circle.
It is a fun, fast paced novel that straddles a span. Of h
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I have always had an interest in the English monarchy, so this book seemed right up my alley. This book for me was okay, I would probably recommend it to someone who likes more modern and light historical fiction. My problem was I didn't really care for any of the characters in the book. I just didn't connect. The narration is third person, I think, where the main character (Vera) is not narrating but her thoughts and feelings are known. Towards the end of the book I started to connect more to V ...more
Susan Bartl
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read an uncorrected proof that I received from a give away at a library conference. I very much enjoyed a look into the fictional (but based on actual events) life of Princess Margaret and the royal family in post-WWII England. This book is a quick read and was quite engrossing. Nothing like going from a mere "honorable" to 2nd lady-in-waiting to a princess. I thought Margaret's live compared somewhat to a vice-president or early first lady--she felt so often like an afterthought. I recommend ...more
Shari Suarez
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
After WWII, Princess Margaret and her set are the talk of the town. Vera Strathmore is having a rough time. Her fiance was killed in WWII and she would love to move to New York but she doesn't have the money. By chance, Vera meets Princess Margaret and becomes a member of her set and later one of her ladies in waiting.
Vera has a front row seat to Princess Margaret's forbidden love affair with Peter Townsend and the fallout that ensues. Their paths start to diverge and they both realize that som
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book.

I enjoy reading books on the Royal family and this one did not disappoint even though it is fictional (there are real events also). Princess Margaret has every thing, but she is not allowed to marry Peter Townsend. Being the Queens sister has got to be rough.
The fictional story of Vera, 2nd lady in waiting to the Princess was very interesting.
Easy read.
Ashley Hasty
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had such fun reading this book. It reminded me a lot of The Crown, which will be returning on November 17th with season 3. Many of the scenes in the book were also in the last season of the Netflix show. I enjoyed comparing the scenes as they were written in this book to how I remembered them from The Crown. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll definitely enjoy this book! Read more about The Other Windsor Girl:
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I am quite sure that Princess Margaret would have easily made mincemeat out of me (and believe me, I'm not easily scared), I would have loved to have met her. This book read like nonfiction and I enjoyed every moment. Good conclusion to the story at the end. Minus one star for incorrectly addressing the royals and other nobles (Their Majesties, for example is correct - not Their Royal Highnesses).
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of historical stories of the royal families. I really enjoyed this story. So much is written about Queen Elizabeth but to hear stories of her sister Princess Margaret is fun and exciting. This author did a great job. You can’t help but like Vera and forever hope she finds happiness. This is a must read!
Lois Sittu
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received The Other Windsor Girl by Georgie Blalock as a Goodreads giveaway. I have read other novels about Princess Margaret and thought that this fictional account was very interesting. More than the sad account of Princess Margaret, I liked reading the romance romance between Vera and Dominic.
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