Palace Circle: A Novel

Palace Circle: A Novel

by Rebecca Dean
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Palace Circle: A Novel by Rebecca Dean

Palace intrigue, romance, and illicit affairs—Rebecca Dean has written a glorious novel that will sweep Philippa Gregory fans off their feet.

Delia Chandler, an eighteen-year-old Southern girl, marries Viscount Ivor Conisborough just before World War II, becoming part of the Windsor court. It’s every girl’s dream come true. But Delia is jolted from her pleasant life when she realizes, after the birth of her two daughters, that Ivor chose her only to bear an heir to his estate. Shortly thereafter, she begins an affair with her husband’s handsome, titled, and frequently scandalous best friend.

When Conisborough is appointed as an adviser to King Fuad of Egypt, Delia exchanges one palace circle for another, far different one. While she sees Egypt as a place of exile, her two daughters regard Egypt as their home. Only when war comes to Cairo—and Delia finally reveals the secret she has kept for so long—can she begin to heal the divisions separating her from those she loves.

Rebecca Dean’s irresistible combination of real events and masterful storytelling will keep readers fascinated until the very last page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767931656
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/24/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Born in Yorkshire, England, REBECCA DEAN lives in London with her husband and two small dogs.

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Palace Circle 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
nwdaisy More than 1 year ago
I picked this out on a whim, sort of, and didn't have high hopes for it. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It wasn't your typical romance novel, which is what I thought it would be. It was a engrossing story and the history added to it made it that much better. If you enjoyed the old style of Daniel Steel's (I lost my love for Steel several years ago when she lost her edge and story lines became so predictable) historic novels you will like this one even better.
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martakay1962 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a nice story, but I don't think it can be compared to Philippa Gregory book. This is a nice light read, and the story is very enjoyable. Unfortunately, for myself I kept waiting for more. The storyline seemed rather superficial like we were just getting a glimpse of this family, versus being in the middle of it. I was looking for more information about those historical details because it's not something that's been written a lot about in these kinds of romances. I think it's just a little ligbt and the characters aren't horrible developed, which just left me feeling empty at the end of the book because I never really got involved with the characters. I'd definitely recommend this to someone for a light interesting read. But if they are looking for a really in-depth piece of historical fiction this isn't the right book.All in all, I liked the story, but I'm not raving about it. Thanks to the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.
TrishNYC More than 1 year ago
When I got this book from the publisher, it was billed as historical fiction and quite frankly this book is nothing close to historical fiction. It basically is a story that is peppered with mentions of historical events and people from days past but in actuality there was nothing overly compelling about it. My understanding of historical fiction is one peopled with characters from days past who take an active part in the movement of the dialogue and plot. That was absent here. Historical characters are spoken of and mentioned as being friends with so and so or having done so and so but they never had anything to do with the story. There are mentions of Edward III, Wallis Simpson, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Winston Churchill, etc, etc, etc. Nary a one played any part in the story except what we already know of them from history. It became an exercise in name dropping. Delia is a southern belle who marries a Viscount. Viscount Ivor is a widower and in search of a wife who will give him an heir. Delia is almost immediately taken with him and obligingly falls in love. She moves to England and expects that her life will be a blissful fairy tale filled with many children and a loving husband. What she gets is a husband who never had any intention of being faithful to her as he already had a mistress who he had been in love with even before he married his deceased wife. What ensues is melodrama and social functions followed by more melodrama and more social interactions. And just as quickly, events and time frames are breezed through. Delia has two children and by Part II of the book(about 117 pages in) we are now focused on the life of her elder daughter Petra. The book was like an episode of Dynasty with all the backbiting and machinations of the supporting cast. Apparently back then no one was faithful to their spouses and everyone was having an affair with everyone regardless of the married status of both parties. The key was not to get caught or cause a public scandal. Though I began the story feeling sorry for Delia over her husband's treatment, in all honesty, I just got bored with her as her emotions are never fully explored and developed enough for me to care past the injustice that was done her. In my opinion there was no real character development here. The characters did things in a very mysterious fashion that left you guessing as to their real motives. There is nothing new or fresh in this book. If you have ever seen a soap opera then you pretty much have this one covered. Please don't get me started on the attempts at southern dialogue. Lets just say Scarlet O' Hara comes to mind(and not in a good way). But despite my criticisms of the book, I think that this book will certainly appeal to some. There were seeds of what could have been a very good story. Unfortunately, it did not bear out well. I did not hate the book but I will be honest and say that I was glad when it was over. I almost gave it a 2.5 rating but because I think that it has certain elements that will appeal, I give it a 2.5-3 rating.