A dazzling epic of royal drama and privilege, and I'm not talking about Harry and Meghan.
Beatriz Williams is another of my never-miss authors. I discovered here with Along the Infinite Sea, and have read everything she's published.
If you like historical fiction, and you don't know Beatriz Williams. Well, let me introduce you.
The Golden Hour takes place in the Bahamas at the beginning of World War II. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor are living there after Edward abdicated the throne to marry a twice-divorced American socialite, Wallis Simpson. This is a novel about espionage and secrecy and biases and all the things.
There is a plot twist at the end that I did not see coming, and I think that this is my new favorite Beatriz Williams book. If you like this one, I'd recommend you read Summer Wives, Along the Infinite Sea, and Cocoa Beach.
Long before Meghan went and shook up the monarchy, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry his love, Wallis Simpson, an American socialite. They quickly found themselves in Nassau as World War II heated up and that’s where we find them as Lulu Randolph arrives to interview the Governor and infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’ inner circle and begins to uncover the underbelly of royal privilege.
Lulu uncovers that Nassau under the reign of Edward and Wallis is a hotbed of espionage, financial swindles, and racial tension. And in the middle of all the drama is a scientiest, Benedict Thorpe, whom Lulu finds herself undeniably attracted to. Until he disappears without a trace.
This is the story behind the story. How the monarchy really gets things done.
Beatriz Williams is one of my very favorites, and her books never disappoint. They are meticulously researched and her writing brings the history alive.