THE GOLDEN PRINCE
Edward VIII became notorious for his abdication, but in 1911 he was a prince from a fairy-tale, seventeen and in love for the first time. Though aristocratic, Lily Houghton is not royal, and so not one of the princesses Edward’s father, King George V, would have him marry. Edward’s battle to make Lily his wife has results neither he, nor Lily can possibly foresee; results that will have a monumental impact on British royal history.
‘Set in 1911, and Edward falls for his first commoner, Lily Houghton, a wealthy girl from a high-ranking family but not one of the princesses his parents would have him marry. Full of historical detail, this is glorious stuff.’
Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller
‘If you love Philippa Gregory, you’ll love this book by Rebecca Dean.’
‘Compellingly readable. Written with panache and skill as personal secrets combine with international intrigue. The Golden Prince finds its center in the wholly believable story of a young Edward, chafing at the unbreachable boundaries of his restricted life. Dean’s telling of the conflict between love and duty is sympathetic and deeply moving.’
Richmond Times Despatch
‘With her insight into the era Dean presents a fascinating peak into the early life of Edward, Prince of Wales, that hints at why he chose love over power, brilliantly depicting the man and England so well that readers will believe they are part of the whirlwind that was 1911 England. Through her elegant prose and vibrant descriptions, that world comes to life.’