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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. Its every girls 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 husbands 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 Deans irresistible combination of real events and masterful storytelling will keep readers fascinated until the very last page.

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"From London to Cairo, in the glittery world of high society before WWII, Dean taps into an exotic and distant world in her page-turning debut. After 18-year-old Virginia belle Delia marries older British aristocrat Ivor Conisborough, they decamp to London and get to work on producing an heir for the aging viscount. Delia is agog at her new friends in high places, but her idyll is trampled when she learns a painful secret about Ivor. Even so, Delia is endlessly infatuated with London, and she eventually has two girls, Petronella and Davina. The family, to Delia's chagrin, is relocated to Cairo on a long diplomatic mission, and here the novel really sings, as Hitler's campaign hits closer to home and everyone seems to have ulterior motives. Davina and Petronella, meanwhile, grow into young women who think of Cairo as home and fall in love with men they meet there. Dean beautifully captures the mood and color of the era — her descriptive passages are marvelous and complement the layered intrigue, romance and deception." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Palace Circle" is a gem, filled with dashing lords, surprisingly gutsy ladies, family secrets, and royal intrigue. As Dean moves her remarkable characters between London and Cairo, you will be utterly transported along with them--Barbara Delinsky, "New York Times"-bestselling author of "While My Sister Sleeps."

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

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Lynne Perednia, August 6, 2009 (view all comments by Lynne Perednia)
In 1911, a privileged 18-year-old girl in Virginia takes one last sunrise ride with her beloved horse before leaving for her new life in England with the man of her dreams. Before long, she learns that her husband doesn't love her; he is in love with a married woman he can never have. Delia is simply going to have to make the best of it.

But don't think Palace Circle is going to be about Delia's journey. She accepts her husband's infidelity, the reader is told -- not shown. The story instead chronicles dinner parties, shopping trips and cups of tea with various friends and relatives. The great importance of one of these friends is readily apparent, but not acknowledged, even though it becomes a major plot point at two other points in the narrative.

The book then goes to chronicle events in the lives of Delia's two daughters and two young men in their circle. Again, major events are often referred to as taking place offstage. This is understatement in place of narrative revelation, and often feels like a cheat. If something is important, why is it not chronicled? This also leaves the characters as superfical and shallow. It's hard to connect with or care about any of them. Whichever one of them is the protagonist. If any of them are.

Whether the events take place in England or Egypt (and a good portion of the story takes place in Cairo), nothing is nuanced or layered.

The subtitle also is a cheat. Instead of being "at court with the Prince of Wales, before World War II darkened a world of glamour and grace", Palace Circle never has the Prince of Wales in a scene. Wallis Simpson appears only once. A few other historical figures play minor roles.

Palace Circle, had it been what it purported to be, could have been a welcome return to the world of multi-generational sagas.
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marta, April 23, 2009 (view all comments by marta)
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.
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marta, April 14, 2009 (view all comments by marta)
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.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767930550
Author:
Dean, Rebecca
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Rebecca Dean
Author:
Rebecca Dean
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Nobility -- England.
Subject:
England
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 1 in 0.85 lb

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Product details 432 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780767930550 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From London to Cairo, in the glittery world of high society before WWII, Dean taps into an exotic and distant world in her page-turning debut. After 18-year-old Virginia belle Delia marries older British aristocrat Ivor Conisborough, they decamp to London and get to work on producing an heir for the aging viscount. Delia is agog at her new friends in high places, but her idyll is trampled when she learns a painful secret about Ivor. Even so, Delia is endlessly infatuated with London, and she eventually has two girls, Petronella and Davina. The family, to Delia's chagrin, is relocated to Cairo on a long diplomatic mission, and here the novel really sings, as Hitler's campaign hits closer to home and everyone seems to have ulterior motives. Davina and Petronella, meanwhile, grow into young women who think of Cairo as home and fall in love with men they meet there. Dean beautifully captures the mood and color of the era — her descriptive passages are marvelous and complement the layered intrigue, romance and deception." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "Palace Circle" is a gem, filled with dashing lords, surprisingly gutsy ladies, family secrets, and royal intrigue. As Dean moves her remarkable characters between London and Cairo, you will be utterly transported along with them--Barbara Delinsky, "New York Times"-bestselling author of "While My Sister Sleeps."
"Synopsis" by , Born in Yorkshire, England, REBECCA DEAN lives in London with her husband and two small dogs.
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