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book club guide: The Shadow Queen

• Note: Book Club Guides contain spoilers! Do not proceed unless you’ve read the book. THE SHADOW QUEEN BY REBECCA DEAN Book Club Guide 1. Wallis is depicted as a perfectionist from a very early age. What other qualities shaped her into an intriguing woman? 2. Wallis’s ailment is ingeniously portrayed and supports the handful of historic comments from herself and her family regarding her sexual relationships and lack of progeny. Do you feel the author’s explanations are true-to-life or far-fetched? Do you feel that Wallis’s first marriage would have been different had she not had this physical problem? 3. How different would Wallis’s life been had she married John Jasper? Do you think she would have found long-term happiness, or would she always feel…

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review: The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean You are a woman of great destiny. The man who will love you will love you with every atom of his being. Kissed by the sun, he will be the ruler of kingdoms and you will be his shadow queen. The love you share will echo down the centuries. Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson is well-known for enchanting a king so thoroughly he abdicated the British throne in order to marry her. Her early life, as outlined in this intricately detailed novel, has been the object of much speculation and interest. Rebecca Dean has recreated Wallis as a cultured and captivating perfectionist, striving to live up to society standards for debutantes of Baltimore. Through a financially troubled childhood, a disastrous…

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