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  • Paperback
  • 377 pages
  • The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel
  • Georgie Blalock
  • English
  • 15 January 2019
  • 0062871498

10 thoughts on “The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel

  1. says:

    3.5 starsMost of my royal knowledge comes from binge watching The Crown and reading a few biographies I d been wanting to learnabout Princess Margaret for awhile now but wasn t really in the mood for a nonfiction book So when I saw this historical fiction book about the princess it immediately piqued my interest I did enjoy what the author came up with for the story but I wouldn t necessarily say it was a meaty story It s 1949 and even though the war is over, times are still tough for 3.5 starsMost of my royal knowledge comes from binge watching The Crown and reading a few biographies I d been wanting to learnabout Princess Margaret for awhile now but wasn t really in the mood for a nonfiction book So when I saw this historical fiction book about the princess it immediately piqued my interest I did enjoy what the author came up with for the story but I wouldn t necessarily say it was a meaty story It s 1949 and even though the war is over, times are still tough for many people in England Vera Strath comes from a family with a little bit of status but not a lot of money any She supports her parents as a writer of romance novels but does so under a pen name It s a secret she has kept from everyone as that type of writing is looked down upon and she doesn t want to bring shame to herself or her family After a chance meeting with Princess Margaret, Vera learns she is a fan of her books and soon the princess is inviting her to hobnob with her wealthy and privileged group of friends This young entourage of aristocrats is nicknamed the Margaret Set Vera loves being a part of the glamorous life of the princess and is thrilled when she is asked to be Princess Margaret s second lady in waiting But this lifestyle can come at a cost And both women might be forced to make a choice as to which isimportant, love or status I think it is important to note this historical fiction book is a combination of facts we know are true about Princess Margaret as well as some things that are a product of the author s imagination I ll admit I was slightly bummed to learn in the Author s Notes Vera was a made up character and didn t actually exist in real life However, I do think it was a smart choice by the author to create that character as it felt like as the reader you were getting an insider look to royal life along with Vera It was clever to have both Vera and Margaret face tough decisions in regards to their respective love lives I guess my criticism is this is not the most exciting historical fiction book I have ever read I liked it but it was not exactly a page turner I believe some of the problem is much of what was covered in terms of Princess Margaret in this book was featured in seasons 1 and 2 of The Crown In a way it was just a retread of her love life but in book form A decent pick if you are interested in the royal family and are in the mood for something light and easy to read


  2. says:

    Are you a fan of The Crown I have not watched the show, and I know I should because I m certain I would love it.Just after World War II, Princess Margaret is in need of a second Lady in Waiting, and she becomes our narrator Princess Margaret is a handful She lives fast for her day.Princess Margaret meets The Honorable Vera Strath, a writer of lurid novels, who becomes her second lady in waiting Margaret falls in love with a handsome Captain, only to be reined in by her title and rank in Are you a fan of The Crown I have not watched the show, and I know I should because I m certain I would love it.Just after World War II, Princess Margaret is in need of a second Lady in Waiting, and she becomes our narrator Princess Margaret is a handful She lives fast for her day.Princess Margaret meets The Honorable Vera Strath, a writer of lurid novels, who becomes her second lady in waiting Margaret falls in love with a handsome Captain, only to be reined in by her title and rank in society Both Margaret and Vera tire of their tethers, and choices will have to be made.Who knew Princes Margaret was such a ball of fire The Other Windsor Girl is such a captivating and entertaining jaunt of a story You can t help but wantfor Margaret and admire Vera s tenacity.Overall, The Other Windsor Girl is a captivating and engaging story The second half flies much faster than the first The presentation of class and social order kept me invested, and as I mentioned above, I couldn t help but root for Margaret.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader


  3. says:

    Georgie Blalock has written a fascinating tale about Princess Margaret the royal rebel I have to admit prior to reading this book I really had very little knowledge about Princess Margaret s life I have not watched The Crown, but I m definitely planning on watching it now I really love books that take place in the 40s and 50s Post WWII, add in all the glitz and glam and pomp and circumstance of the Royals, and I m all in Throughout this book I found myself constantly googling to get even mo Georgie Blalock has written a fascinating tale about Princess Margaret the royal rebel I have to admit prior to reading this book I really had very little knowledge about Princess Margaret s life I have not watched The Crown, but I m definitely planning on watching it now I really love books that take place in the 40s and 50s Post WWII, add in all the glitz and glam and pomp and circumstance of the Royals, and I m all in Throughout this book I found myself constantly googling to get eveninformation about this time period That s the thing about an engaging historical fiction book it always makes you want to learn evenabout that piece of history The story is entirely told through the eyes of the honorable Vera Strath Vera is a romance author who catches the attention of Princess Margaret and soon finds herself to be her second lady in waiting Vera gets swept up in the princesses glamorous lifestyle as did I The dynamics between Margaret and all of her people was interesting Can you imagine always referring to your BFF by their title I felt as though there was always a little distance between the princess and her supposed friends It was so interesting how unhappy she was, some of it was self imposed and some of it was trying to follow all the royal protocol I d imagine it wasn t easy being little sister to the queen Vera also had her own challenges, does she want to serve the queen forever or follow her own dreams A well crafted historical fiction book with the perfect amount of romance.This book in emojis Big thanks to William Morro for my copy of this book


  4. says:

    Find this and other reviews at m loathed to admit it, but I wanted to like Georgie Blalock s The Other Windsor Girl farthan 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 Strath, a structural choice that creates emotional distance between the reade Find this and other reviews at m loathed to admit it, but I wanted to like Georgie Blalock s The Other Windsor Girl farthan 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 Strath, a structural choice that creates emotional distance between the reader and Princess Margaret and reads much like a grocery store tabloid Call me crazy, but I wanted somethingintimate and intuitive than Blalock s story afforded Vera, an aspiring writer, seemed a walking clich and I was intensely frustrated with the shallowness of her arc and passive engagement in her own romantic storyline I did like the class and social issues she and her family faced in the aftermath of WWII, but that material fades as the story progresses and ultimately lost to the sparkle of royal association I m sure The Other Windsor Girl has an audience and I m convinced it will do well on the heels of The Crown, but the lack of gravitas in this novel didn t work for me Note Georgie Blalock writes romance as Georgie Lee


  5. says:

    4.5 Stars A fascinating look at Princess Margaret Review coming soon


  6. says:

    My InterestI 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 StoryWhen her cousin brings her to an event Princess Margaret is attending, the Hon Vera Strath interesting choice of name Margaret s maternal grandfather was the Earl of Strath hits it off with My InterestI 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 StoryWhen her cousin brings her to an event Princess Margaret is attending, the Hon Vera Strath interesting choice of name Margaret s maternal grandfather was the Earl of Strath hits it off with the 19 year old second daughter of King George VI When Margaret is advised that Vera is the real name of novelist Rose Lavish the Princess takes her into her so called Margaret set think Harry s Glossy Posse as one of Her Royal Highness s Ladies in Waiting a role that combines nanny, friend, confidant, social secretary, and protocol chief all in one.As the years go on and Margaret rejects any thought of marriage to the eligible future Dukes, Marquesses or Earl in her set, Vera, too, has to push aside ideas of marriage Her future and her status as Lady in Waiting are too intertwined Her life mirrors that of the Princess who cannot give up everything, as she had thought she could, to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend.When photographer Anthony Armstrong Jones hits the scene Vera sees the future all too clearly.My ThoughtsThe story is well told Happily, the author did not try to create personalities for the entire royal family She kept her narrative tightly focused on the small ensemble of Margaret, Vera, Charmaine Douglas daughter of the American Ambassador and a few others Her characterization of Princess Margaret was very believable At times, I had to remind myself I was reading about Margot and not her errant great nephew Prince Harry and his wife The Windsors have had many rebels All seem to want what they can never be to be ordinary in that they are ignored by the press None ever wants to do without the deference, money, lavish lifestyle or the rest of it Just the press be gone My Verdict on the StoryFour Stars The ProblemsIf you are going to write about the Aristocracy and Royals GET THE TITLES RIGHT Yes, it is fiction, so you can have your characters say whatever you want them to say, but.Ms Blalock s inability to master titles, forms of address and even, in one scene, the basic assignments of servants, detracts from a story that was very well told Of course, many readers won t know or care but many others will Fact checking seems to have vanished from all forms of publishing today This is the sort of thing an intern could have fact checked by grabbing a copy or online free trial to Debrett s And do your homework on slang Buckingham Palace is known as BUCK HOUSE Not Buck Place Since this was the single most overused phrase in the entire book, I have to point it out It is fine to refer to it as the Palace and leave it at that.Titles and Forms of Address MistakesThe King and Queen are Their Majesties, not Their Royal Highnesses The Queen and her consort, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are Her Majesty and His Royal Highness as a male consort does not become a King Consort though Denmark s Prince Henrik died trying for it.Prince Philip was always a royal and a royal Duke in the time of the story s setting No ROYAL Duke is ever His Grace Philip is a descendant of Queen Victoria and of Christian IX of Denmark just like the Queen and Margaret He became Philip Mountbatten for political reasons.The Earl of Somewhere is Lord Somewhere, not Lord First Name Last Name which is a designation only for the younger sons of Dukes and Marquesses.A Duke would only ever have been Lord Whoever Posh Person if he was born a second or lower son He would never be referred to in that manner after becoming a Duke Lady Imogene Spencer Churchill in the book cannot be referred to as Lady Spencer Churchill only as Lady Imogene Geesh, watch Downton Abbey Lady Rosilind explains it to Sir Richard way back in Season 1 Lady Spencer Churchill would be the wife of an Earl Spencer Churchill or a Viscount Spencer Churchill or a Baron Spencer Churchill or a Sir Chinless Spencer Churchill but he would be Sir Chinless, never Lord Sir Spencer Churchill Sir Lascelles NO Sir Alan i.e., Sir Alan Tommy Lascelles Even Sir Tommy that was his nickname, but never, ever, Sir Lascelles unless Lascelles was his first name and he was Sir Lascelles Anstruther Chinless Scott or someone His wife would be Lady Lascelles.Patrick Plunkett though WAS correctly called Lord Plunkett because he was Baron Plunkett Group Captain and Captain are not interchangeable Peter Townsend would have been addressed as Group Captain like Sergent Major and never as Captain.Other MistakesThe Duke of Marlborough was Winston Churchill s cousin, not brother, so the title Uncle Winston was simply a family custom He was not the uncle of the Duke s children This only caught my notice due to all the other title mangling.Ruby MacDonald would have DIED before she d have said the Queen Mum She d have said Queen Elizabeth for Margaret s mother Princess Margaret s sister would be called Her Majesty or The Queen in conversation Ruby was with Margaret until she Ruby died was with her from childhood as her dresser, i.e her ladies maid and had a very fraught relationship with Lord Snowdon as Tony became.Anthony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones was educated at Sandroyd and Eton and then went to Cambridge where he coxed a winning boat race crew He was the step son and later the half brother of an Earl and would never call Margaret Your Highness for he would KNOW that was a different, LESSER rank It last used in the British Royal family by two granddaughters of Edward VII daughters of his daughter A footman would NEVER be sent to pack a lady s clothing Maids looked after female guests they did not just scrub floors.Reader Mistakes I listened to the audio versionIt is Ma am as in ham, not marm as in farm Lady Anne Coke s name is pronounced Cook in spite of the spelling Thank God Cholmondeley wasn t used anywhere


  7. says:

    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 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


  8. says:

    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 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 character Vera I knew enough about Princess Margaret so it didn t matter to me so much.The second half of the book was terrific it just took off with story, emotions, action and lots of dialogue which I love I just wish the author could have done that with the first half of the book and it would be a true 5 star book.If you do stick with it you will be able to see yourself in both Vera and Princess Margaret.I would rate it 3.5 stars


  9. says:

    I felt the author was trying to write a historical fictional biography of Princess Margaret but it was really just a fancy harlequin romance Her constant wrong usage in Buck Place was beyond irritating Her description of the relationship between Margaret the Queen Mother the Queen herself was insulting Princess Margaret may not have been the busiest royal but she did work hard to represent the Queen She was close to her family Also i felt she couldn t capture the true Princess instead I felt the author was trying to write a historical fictional biography of Princess Margaret but it was really just a fancy harlequin romance Her constant wrong usage in Buck Place was beyond irritating Her description of the relationship between Margaret the Queen Mother the Queen herself was insulting Princess Margaret may not have been the busiest royal but she did work hard to represent the Queen She was close to her family Also i felt she couldn t capture the true Princess instead created a caricature of what a spoiled princess is in a bad made for tv movie Margaret was far from perfect she supposedly was quite demanding but being a spoiled child I highly doubt


  10. says:

    Excellent narration A fantastic story about friendship, love, the struggles of forging your own path.


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The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal RebelIn 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, She Lived In A Whirlwind Of Fame And Notoriety Georgie Blalock Captures The Fascinating, Fast Living Princess And Her Set As Seen Through The Eyes Of One Of Her Ladies In Waiting In Dreary, Post War Britain, Princess Margaret Captivates Everyone With Her Cutting Edge Fashion Sense And Biting Quips The Royal Socialite, Cigarette Holder In One Hand, Cocktail In The Other, Sparkles In The Company Of Her Glittering Entourage Of Wealthy Young Aristocrats Known As The Margaret Set, But Her Outrageous Lifestyle Conflicts With Her Place As Queen Elizabeth S Younger Sister Can She Be A Dutiful Princess While Still Dazzling The World On Her Own Terms Post War Britain Isn T Glamorous For The Honorable Vera Strath While Writing Scandalous Novels, She Dreams Of Living And Working In New York, And Regaining The Happiness She Enjoyed Before Her Fianc Was Killed In The War A Chance Meeting With The Princess Changes Her Life Forever Vera Amuses The Princess, And What Or Who Margaret Wants, Margaret Gets Soon, Vera Gains Margaret S Confidence And The Privileged Position Of Second Lady In Waiting To The Princess Thrust Into The Center Of Margaret S Social And Royal Life, Vera Watches The Princess S Love Affair With Dashing Captain Peter Townsend Unfurl.But While Margaret, As A Member Of The Royal Family, Is Not Free To Act On Her Desires, Vera Soon Wants The Freedom To Pursue Her Own Dreams As Time And Princess Margaret S Scandalous Behavior Progress, Both Women Will Be Forced To Choose Between Status, Duty, And Love


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