Delia Chandler, an eighteen-year-old southern girl, marries Viscount Ivor Conisborough just before WWII, and becomes 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 regards Egypt as a place of exile, separating her from the man she deeply loves, her two daughters regard Egypt as their home. It is a division of loyalties that becomes increasingly marked as Egypt struggles to free itself from British occupation, and only when war comes to Cairoand Delia finally reveals the secret she has kept for so longcan 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. Recommended for fans of Penny Vincenzi and Barbara Taylor Bradford.
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"Dean beautifully captures the mood and color of the eraher descriptive passages are marvelous and complement the layered intrigue, romance and deception." - Publishers Weekly.
"Cataclysmic world and family crises entertainingly refracted through a prism of privilege." - Kirkus Reviews.
Palace Circle is vivid and tender, deeply enthralling. Rebecca Dean has written a timeless novel." - Luanne Rice.
"Palace Circle is a gem, filled with dashing lords, surprisingly gutsy ladies, family secrets, and royal intrigue. As Rebecca Dean moves her remarkable characters between London and Cairo, you will be utterly transported along with them." - Barbara Delinsky.
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Born in Yorkshire, Rebecca Dean lives in London, England, with her husband and two small dogs. This is her second novel but first to be published in the USA. Palace Circle was first published in the UK in 2008 as A Dangerous Desire.
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