From critically acclaimed historian Juliet Nicolson comes a glorious debut novel set in 1936 London about secrecy, tumultuous love, and a king and his subjects torn between public duty and private desire.The Second World War looms in a world that dreads another international conflict, and England is full of secrets, not least of which is the affair the newly proclaimed King is having with an American divorcee. But not every confidence involves royalty. The lovely young chauffeur May Thomas and the complex Oxford undergraduate Julian Richardson share an undeclared love, while the identity of May's real father remains mysterious. Mrs. Cage, the housekeeper, desperately tries to keep her Nazi-sympathies hidden, and Evangeline Nettlefold's ambivalent relationship with her school friend Wallis Simpson threatens to become explosive.
Secrecy, tensions between parent and child, the private tussles of life, and the dilemma of whether or not duty supersedes love, reverberate throughout "Abdication," in matters of social conscience, politics, and romance.
A glorious story that brings to mind the film "The King's Speech," as well as the beloved English novels "Brideshead Revisited "and "The Remains of the Day," "Abdication "is a breathtaking story inspired by a love affair that shook the world at a time when the world was on the brink of war.