History is not something I am particularly good at, never have been. I love to read about events and people but if you asked me what year this or that happened in – I have not got a clue. While reading ABDICATION by Juliet Nicolson the sense that I was standing in a room overhearing conversations and watching the then King of England make a decision based on love was riveting. Yes, I do know some of their story but the details have always been a bit sketchy where Wallis Simpson was involved but now my thoughts on the situation are completely altered in both good and bad direction.
I have read and reviewed ABDICATION by Juliet Nicolson that I received from Atria Books. Now it is time to let someone else enjoy it and I am going to provide my copy to one lucky winner. To be eligible to win please leave a comment on “a life altering event you were witness to?”. The winner for this book will be posted on Sunday – June 24th and you will have two weeks to email me and claim your book. My contest rules stipulate that you must come back to see if you have won and email me with your address.
Being a fan of the positive and celebrating my every day Little Victories I have often times drawn from Claude Monet’s attitude. He was moved by what he saw, and painted what he loved never letting the critics deter him from his innovative style. Life may knock you around but look for the one shining moment in the day and celebrate that Little Victory.
REVIEW from Mary Gramlich "The Reading Reviewer"
ABDICATION by Juliet Nicolson
When does what I know stop being a secret and turn into an unreleased issue?
In 1936, May Thomas finds herself traveling to England in search of work, and inadvertently becomes tangled in history as it is happening. She becomes a chauffeur to a family closely associated with King Edward and Wallis Simpson, a woman determined to have whatever she wants regardless of the consequences. May knows and accepts her position to keep a low profile, and whatever she happens to see to herself. Yet watching the action from the sidelines as it unfolds is riveting and at times a secret greater than May feels she should have to keep. The actions of the few are going to alter the lives of so many, and May wonders whom if anyone has the power to control this.
The other earth shattering eruption coming to England is from Germany and affects May’s Jewish cousins. The horror that is about to be unleashed upon an entire nationality is rearing its ugly head and May is doing everything to stay true to her core beliefs regardless of what others may say. She is not going to allow the evil that appears to be bent on destruction take away her family’s structure.
Reading Abdication by Juliet Nicolson you feel the effect of looking through a window into someone else’s life. This is a well written, and prolific story that is being told from an insider’s perspective and dives right into the heart of the happenings and readers watch the drama play out.