A deeply moving new novel about the young Princess Diana
Diana believes in love. Growing up amid the fallout of her parents’ bitter divorce, she takes refuge in romantic novels. She dreams of being rescued by a handsome prince.
Prince Charles loves his freedom. He’s in no rush to wed, but his family have other ideas. Charles must marry for the future of the Crown.
The right girl needs to be found, and fast. She must be young, aristocratic and free of past liaisons.
The teenage Diana Spencer is just about the only candidate. Her desperation to be loved dovetails with royal desperation for a bride.
But the route to the altar is full of hidden obstacles and people with their own agendas.
When she steps from the golden carriage on her wedding day, has Diana’s romantic dream come true?
Or is it already over?___________
Praise for Wendy Holden’s Sunday Times Bestseller, The Governess:
‘A beautifully woven and exquisitely detailed story’ HEATHER MORRIS, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz
‘Brilliantly researched . . . I was completely absorbed and transported’ ADELE PARKS, author of Just My Luck
‘Compelling characters and a wonderful blend of historical accuracy and real narrative drive . . . A heart-breaking study of loyalty and love’ SALLY MORRIS, Daily Mail
‘[A] beautifully researched and captivating novel . . . Wendy Holden’s tender and intimate portrait of Lilibet, the future Queen Elizabeth II, is masterly’ RACHEL HORE
‘A great book for escaping into . . . I loved this!’ KATIE FFORDE
‘Sensitive, funny and fascinating – this masterful novel gives the reader fly-on-the-wall privileges into the early life of the Queen’ FREYA NORTH
‘A brilliantly imagined and poignant novel […] of sacrifice, deep affection, strained loyalties and divided English society in the post-Downton Abbey era’ ELIZABETH BUCHAN
‘An intimate view of the royal family at a time of great uncertainty and change . . . Marion Crawford’s dedication to her charges, as well as her passion for education and reform, shines through the pages’ CHANEL CLEETON
‘Wendy Holden absolutely delivers in this perfect blend of story and history . . . Lovers of The Crown series on Netflix will adore this!’ SUSAN MEISSNER
‘I loved, loved, LOVED this book and if it isn’t adapted for the screen, I’ll eat my crown!’ ERICA JAMES
Publication date: 17/08/2023