On Sale: July 9, 2019
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives
and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War
II-era Nassauâ€”a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most
infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of
The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora â€śLuluâ€ť Randolph
arrives in the Bahamas to investigate the Governor and
his wife for a New York society magazine. After all,
American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of
the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that glamorous couple
whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to
its knees five years earlier. What more intriguing
backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean
paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-
Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and
Duchessâ€™s social circle, and the powerful cabal that
controls the islandsâ€™ political and financial affairs,
she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis
and Edwardâ€™s marriage lies an uglyâ€”and even treasonousâ€”
reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau seethes with spies,
financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle
of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of
tremendous charm and murky national loyalties.
Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love.
Then Nassauâ€™s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the
most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting
coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe
disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey
to London and beyond to unpick Thorpeâ€™s complicated
family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy,
and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.
The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in
this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, human
love, and human courage, set against a shocking true
crime . . . and the rise and fall of a legendary royal
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