The Woman Before Wallis: A Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and Royal Scandal (Original)


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Mira Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.5 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Bryn Turnbull is the internationally bestselling author of The Woman Before Wallis. With a master of letters in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews, a master of professional communication from Toronto Metropolitan University and a bachelor's degree in English literature from McGill University, Bryn focuses on finding stories of women lost within the cracks of the historical record. She lives in Toronto.


"Brimming with scandal and an equal amount of heart . . . a sweeping yet intimate look at the lives of some of history's most notorious figures from Vanderbilts to the Prince of Wales . . . A must-read for historical fiction lovers." --Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of When We Left Cuba and Next Year in Havana

"What an exciting look into the scandalous, fabulous lives of the Morgan sisters. And Wallis Simpson up close and personal--what could be more wonderful or more wicked? I loved this book." --Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen's Secret

"Bryn Turnbull takes a story we think we know and turns it on its head, with captivating results. At its heart is Thelma Furness, the woman supplanted in Edward VIII's affections by Wallis Simpson, but here she's more than a footnote to history--she is the story. This is a beautifully written, meticulously researched and altogether memorable debut work of historical fiction."--Jennifer Robson, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Gown

"Juicier than trading gossip at the Ritz, The Woman Before Wallis spills the secrets of the woman who captivated King Edward before he was the king who gave up his crown. This is a glamorous story of just how far we're willing to go for love. Fabulous!" --Stephanie Thornton, author of American Princess

"This stunning debut is certain to makes Bryn Turnbull a rising star in historical fiction. The Woman Before Wallis is an illuminating novel about Thelma Morgan Furness's love affair with Prince Edward, her bond with her twin sister, and the sensationalized custody battle over her niece, Gloria Vanderbilt. Filled with saucy scandals, rich historical detail and lyrical prose, you will not be able to put this one down." --Renee Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer

"Thelma Furness is brought to glorious life . . . Readers will delight in Turnbull's masterful weaving of high society, royal shenanigans, and family scandal as they rediscover one of the twentieth century's most fascinating women. I look forward to reading more from this dazzling new author." --Alix Rickloff, author of The Way to London

"A captivating, intimate story about the joys and heartaches of the woman who stole a prince's heart . . . and then lost him to Wallis Simpson. Full of exquisite detail and atmosphere, it takes readers deep into the heart of glamorous New York and European society in the early 20th century. The story is breathtakingly rich and full of complex characters. Settle into a comfortable chair and get ready for a great read!" --Jeanne Mackin, author of The Beautiful American

"An immersive story of love, loyalty, glamour and scandal. Readers will be fascinated by this tale of American socialites and British royalty, and the intrigue behind their glittering façade."--Kristin Beck, author of Resistance

"Bryn Turnbull gifts us with a juicy debut filled with forbidden affairs, intense custody battles, and opportunistic, social climbing friendships. The Woman Before Wallis oozes with page-turning drama that makes Downton Abbey look tame in comparison. I look forward to reading more from this new talent."--Kaia Alderson, author of Soldier Girls (February 2021)