Wallis in Love by Andrew Morton

Wallis in Love

For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. "You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance." -Wallis SimpsonBefore she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Balt...

Details Wallis in Love

TitleWallis in Love
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, History, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Wallis in Love

    This advance reader copy was provided by Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley.Years ago when I still thought that Wallis Simpson and David Windsor were a match made in heaven and soulmates, it was such a romantic vision. It was very disheartening over time to learn that although the former king worshiped the ground Wallis walked on, the twice-divorced American Mrs. Simpson was just looking to become HRH queen at his side. Her whole existence re...
  • Laurie
    On June of 1896, Bessie Wallis Warfield was born. In November of that same year, her tubercular father died. Her mother was two months pregnant when they married, which gave her a bad start in the social life in the south. Her mother’s father and step-mother did not offer to take them in. The only family that offered to take care of mother and child was uncle Sol Warfield, who Wallis thought of as a grumpy miser. He allowed them to live with hi...
  • Simon
    There is nothing in this book that has been "untold", since people have been writing about the Duchess of Windsor for decades. She was (and remains) a woman with a lot of enemies. Wallis was also someone who accomplished nothing at all, or at least nothing that has lasted. You don't get many admirers because you dressed well, set a fantastic table and kept attractive homes. She was important from January-December, 1936, when Edward VIII was King ...
  • Grace
    Author Andrew Morton faced a herculean task - researching and crafting a biography of a wholly unlikable public figure who often sparks vitriol in the hearts and minds of people, even today. After slogging through this book, it's clear that Morton did little more than his due diligence in researching the Duchess of Windsor's (formerly Wallis Warfield, Winn, Simpson) whirlwind of a life. There wasn't much new information. And, in the process, he d...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    "Wallis in Love" explores the life of Wallis Simpson, the woman who changed the course of the British Monarchy. Twice divorced, she charmed Edward VIII who ended up abdicating the throne. It was supposed to be a great love story but in many ways, it seemed only to imprison Wallis and Edward. Fairy tales are not always what they seem!I love all things related to royalty so when I heard that Andrew Morton was coming out with this book, I jumped at ...
  • Sandy
    I was under the mistaken impression that Wallis Simpson was a misunderstood woman who fell in love with the King of England. My eyes have been opened to the truth.Wallis was a young girl who felt she deserved the best of everything. Men were her stepping stones to get what she wanted. She was a very selfish person who didn't care who she hurt or who she used to get what she wanted. Her very calculated way of moving up the ladder hurt many people;...
  • Kate
    Interesting book----not really new information but I hadn't read much about her so a lot was new to me. He has done a lot of research and one thing I did like was when he quoted people or her friends, he put them in context (were they love rivals, did they have anything to gain/lose by befriending her,etc). Part that was annoying was the typos and awkward sentences. One thing I learned was boy were those people all loose!
  • Marie
    Wallis finally gets the royal treatment, though it’s a bit late to please her.
  • Amanda
    More fascinating than anticipated.
  • Joy Treacy
    Simply put, this book portrays Wallis Simpson in what seems to be her true light. One of those women who’ll do almost anything to attain what she wants; money, power, & status. She accomplishes this by infiltrating herself with people of considerable wealth, most from either rich powerful families, or by marriages resulting in such. Originally from Baltimore, the journey of attaining Wallis’s ultimate goal is first financed by a rich uncle, w...
  • Laurel Starkey
    Gossipy Book About the Gossip GirlA teaser for this book proclaimed that Wallis Simpson saved England from King Edward VIII by precipitating his abdication. That’s a misleading teaser — this is not a book which analyzes the effects upon history its characters had. I love history - this book is not history, it’s a well-researched tell-all covering every rumor which swirled around Wallis Simpson and her many love affairs. The focus of the boo...
  • Bonnie
    Andrew Morton is a biographer known for his sensationalism and sometimes tawdry details about celebrities. He is also known for extensive digging into a person's past - every interview, letter, comment, etc. Both of these facts about Morton make him a fun biographer to read; who doesn't love some gossip.Morton's key subjects have been members of the Royal Family. Of the more recent generations of the Royal Family, the one member most "hated" is W...
  • BonnieL
    Andrew Morton is incapable of writing a biography - he writes books in which he either loves or intensely dislikes his subjects. In this book, he chooses to intensely dislike the Duchess of Windsor. He's not alone in his views and by all neutral accounts, she was rather unlikable. However, once again, he has produced a book based on gossip, people's chats with the author, excerpts from other works, some source material and then he has spun it int...
  • Joseph J.
    Should the Monarchy or the people of England ever decide to exhume the Duchess of Windsor from Royal burial grounds and move her out of country, this and a growing list of new research and books will support such action. In the last century this was considered an all time great love story. Now we see social climbing and dubious political association meeting a weak willed heir to the throne and later King. In these pages Wallis Warfield Spencer Si...
  • Linda Edmonds cerullo
    Andrew Morton did a superb job with the latest "tell all" regarding the life of The Duchess of Windsor. Just when you think there is nothing more to learn about this woman! A revealing glimpse into the life of a truly self-absorbed, greedy, vicious gold digger who truly did not have a shred of love in her for the man who gave up his throne, his country and his family for her. A troubling account of how, while World War II was raging and the Duke'...
  • Rho
    What a great followup to " 17 Carnations" the story of the efforts to cover up the potentially treasonous connections between the Duke and Duchess and Adolf Hitler and his closest confidants.Although it was called one of the Great romances of the twentieth century, it certainly was not. I have read in several other books how one sided this affair was after the wedding . Morton brings this sad story to life. All Edward VIII wanted was Wallis and t...
  • Abby
    I was first introduced to Wallis Simpson in the movie W.E. and was intrigued about the wonderful, fairy-tale love story of the American and the former king. But wow, what a fanciful tale that was. Yes, I do think the author of this book maybe disliked Wallis to begin with and was a bit biased - and I am quite the optimist, trying to see the best in everyone. However, she seems like she was very out for herself and only concerned about how she was...
  • Suzanne Noakes
    While looking for a "rest of the story" biography, I found something rather different in this book. It dragged slowly to the meeting and relationship of the eventual Duke and Duchess, bogged down innumerous names and details. By no means a scholarly work, it reads more like the work of Clare Booth Luce or Walter Winchell, both of whom make cameos in the narrative. Morton was successful in presenting the story behind the story, but steamrolled the...
  • Terrie L. Smith
    Such an interesting, if not unpopular subject! I have read a great many books about the royal family beginning before Henry VIII on down and also about Wallis, the abdication and all that was written prior! This book almost made me feel sorry for Edward VIII, almost! Was Wallis an enchantress, a vixen, perhaps a witch? Nope, just a gold digger who in the end found that getting what one thinks one wants isn't always the best or happiest! She could...
  • Sharon Malek
    Wallis in LoveThis is a fascinating account of the life of the woman from Baltimore who would be queen. The Duchess of Windsor realized after Edward abdicated, which she apparently did not want, she would have to spend the rest of her life with a man, not a king, that she eventually only tolerated, and in the end, not even that. This account of Wallis is a window, if not a mirror, into the vacuous soul of a woman who cared only for herself and wh...
  • Siobhain
    I'm rating this with three stars in recognition of the effort in research and documentation of the times. I only enjoyed the historical aspects of the book and found Wallis to be one of the most dislikeable women that I have read about. Another reviewer pointed out that the title was misleading in that it would be difficult to find an instance where Wallis really loved anyone. I would add to that that though she was ambitious for herself, she did...
  • KelleReads
    I have read many books about the Windsors and the royal family- and even have the auction catalog from the historic auction of the Duchess’s belongings. I did not learn a lot of new information but I did enjoy Morton’s writing and research. I read the Kindle edition and would have liked a few more photos (which the print edition may have?). Their lives, though lush and comfortable were terribly sad and empty, lacking purpose and meaning. Stil...
  • Utena
    Wallis Simpson was labeled one of the most hated women. To the people of Britain, she was seen as a temptress whom had made one of their beloved members of the royal family abdicate from the throne. Others may look back at her with relief and gratitude for luring away a king whom could have been a puppet to Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.What I liked about this book:-The British Royal Family-Wallis SimpsonWhat I didn't care for:-SpeculationCheck out ...
  • Margaret E. Porter
    Andrew Morton's made a good living off the Royals. Wallis Simpson, while never accepted by the Royal Family, has been the subject of many books. This one adds some additional information to the story. However, Wallis still emerges as a manipulative, sometimes cruel, woman. The man who gave up the throne to marry her fares even worse. Morton's book will be of interest to followers of The Crown.
  • Mary
    Wallis in Love is rich in detail and full of characters. It is a captivating biography about a woman whoturned the monarchy upside down. The book provides extensive insight into her personality and character, leaving the reader feeling as if they had personally known Wallis. Andrew Morton wrote a book that is hard to put down.I received Wallis in Love for free from Goodreads First Reads.
  • Sally Loper
    Such a superficial woman, pathetic, lacking culture and no depth at all what a shame that two such shallow people had an effect on the world she was desipiableSordid storySorry I read it she was a pathetic superficial, cruel woman. Wouldn't be tolerated today Good riddance to her
  • Carol
    What a witch! There is much I could say about the subject of this biography, but I will try to be brief. Her life shows us the lengths a narcissistic and self-involved social climber will go to achieve her goal. She got the man but ended up despising him for giving up the Crown for her! The moral of this tale is to be careful what you wish far as you may just get it.
  • Mary
    Nice gossipy readMorton did a good job tracing the kinda pointless lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. They sure didn't come across as likable or substantial. But they lived the way they chose, so I suppose they got some enjoyment out of it! This is an interesting read, great for rainy afternoons on the couch with a cup of tea. Doesn't strain the brain.
  • Lilithanne
    Funniest lines in the book: "Everyone from Queen Mary down wanted to see a dynastic marriage of some kind to someone in the rapidly evaporating pool of suitable candidates.... Even Hitler was concerned, ordering his diplomatic envoy, Joachim von Ribbentrop, to find a suitable German princess for the royal bachelor.