Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Woman He Loved” as Want to Read:
The Woman He Loved
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Woman He Loved

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  240 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Front cover as a piece of tape over a tear. Writing on inside front cover page. Some edge wear and shelf rubbing. Stamp on top edge and back cover has a bottom edge bend. No other marks than stated and an overall good copy. Ships very quickly and packaged carefuly!
Paperback, 516 pages
Published January 2nd 1980 by Signet (first published January 1st 1974)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Woman He Loved, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Woman He Loved

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
SoManyBooks SoLittleTime (Aven Shore)
I lugged this little paperback around for at least five years before finally reading it. I was so curious about the scandalous story of the king who abdicated for a "commoner", oooooh! I hope it was accurate, as this book is now my entire knowledge of the affair. I liked the glimpse of the two of them that happens in The King's Speech movie. That characterization seems consistent with the book.
Lauren Stoolfire
Incredibly detailed biography of Wallis Simpson's life and her relationship with the Duke of Windsor. I didn't know half of the information presented here, especially everything that occurred after the abdication. What a fascinating look at this couple!
Pat Jorgenson Waterchilde
What a beautiful yet tragic love story. I have always wanted to learn more about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. So glad I found this book.
Very well written as it transport the reader through the separate then married life of Wallis and David Windsor. The author's research is remarkable and I enjoyed this book very, very much.
Katie Breece
Well-researched and well-written. This is a very detailed look at the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. It is an interesting story that I had not read about before and it seems like this book fills a gap in historical text about the royal family. As it was biographical it wasn't always the most exciting but it did always come across as authentic and gave an inside look into the man who gave up his throne for a woman and the woman he loved.
Jeri Johnson
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize when I picked this book up that this whole story was being played out at the time my grandmother arrived from Hungary. She learned English by reading the newspaper - and I'm sure she must have read every article about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. It was quite the scandal. I enjoyed reading about what life was like at that particular time. I probably enjoyed it more than the average reader would.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for 25cents at a thrift shop. I suspended reading a Ruth Rendell to read this. It is very well written. It held my interest throughout I felt it a balanced analysis of all the major characters in this drama. The title implies that it's about Wallis Simpson. It's just as much about the Duke of Windsor. I'm impressed with the way the author organized a wealth of material. Sometimes biographies are too detailed. This one is not. It's just right.
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Lesley Koke DeWig
I found this book for $1.00 dollar used in a Small Washington town on a camping trip. I was like 15 and read it in about 6 days. Great love story
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read quite a few books that address the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936, but none from the perspective of Edward or Wallis Simpson. The other books were focused on Queen Mary, George VI, Elizabeth II, or another member of the Royal Family. Martin's book provides a thorough biography of Wallis as well as Edward. While I had a basic understanding of Wallis, this book filled in a lot of details about her childhood, first and second marriages, and ultimately her life as Duchess of Windsor. Co ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#115 of 120 books pledged to read during 2017
The Woman He Loved: The Story of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor by Ralph G. Martin (1975)
SuzAnne King
Definately the "story" of the century but probably not the "love story" of the century. Glosses over the truth a bit.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a little long!
rated it liked it
Feb 06, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Feb 12, 2010
rated it really liked it
Nov 27, 2017
rated it really liked it
Oct 08, 2011
Ramoths Own
rated it really liked it
Sep 16, 2011
Rachel Bolduc
rated it it was amazing
Feb 14, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Mar 06, 2015
rated it really liked it
Oct 21, 2015
rated it it was amazing
Oct 17, 2007
rated it it was amazing
Dec 26, 2015
rated it liked it
Apr 11, 2017
Betty Cochrane
rated it really liked it
Jul 31, 2014
Leanne Hoffmann
rated it it was ok
Nov 21, 2010
rated it liked it
May 12, 2012
Lucila Yamamoto
rated it really liked it
Mar 17, 2015
Constance  Faulk
rated it it was amazing
May 23, 2017
Sarah Thomas
rated it really liked it
Jun 05, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Duchess of Windsor: The Secret Life
  • Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor
  • The Way We Were: Remembering Diana
  • 1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII
  • The Queen & Di: The Untold Story
  • The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor
  • The Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George VI, 1895-1952
  • RFK: A Candid Biography of Robert F. Kennedy
  • Diana's Boys: William and Harry and the Mother They Loved
  • Court Lady and Country Wife: Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England
  • The Queen Mother: The Official Biography
  • Beyond Belfast: A 560 Mile Journey Across Northern Ireland On Sore Feet
  • Victoria and Albert
  • The Flight Of The Romanovs: A Family Saga
  • Eleanor: The Years Alone
  • Queen Victoria
  • A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy
  • Opening Pandora's Box: Phrases We Borrowed from the Classics and the Stories Behind Them
Ralph G. Martin was an American journalist who authored or co-authored about thirty books, including popular biographies of recent historical figures, among which, Jennie, a two-volume (1969 and 1971) study of Winston Churchill's American mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, became the most prominent bestseller. Other successful tomes focused on British royal romance (Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in ...more
More about Ralph G. Martin...

Nonfiction Deals

  • Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn: Life's Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
    $14.99 $1.99
  • The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future Is Selling Less of More
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Merlin's Tour of the Universe
    $10.99 $2.99
  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Quantum Healing (Revised and Updated): Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine
    $12.99 $1.99
  • Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
    $15.99 $1.99
  • Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life
    $13.99 $2.99
  • Funny In Farsi: A Memoir Of Growing Up Iranian In America
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island
    $9.99 $1.99
  • At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
    $12.99 $3.99
  • Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself
    $11.99 $1.99