The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel by Georgie Blalock

“In dreary, post-war Britain, Princess Margaret captivates everyone with her cutting edge fashion sense and biting quips. The royal socialite, cigarette holder in one hand, cocktail in the other, sparkles in the company of her glittering entourage of wealthy young aristocrats known as the Margaret Set, but her outrageous lifestyle conflicts with her place as Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister. Can she be a dutiful princess while still dazzling the world on her own terms?

Post-war Britain isn’t glamorous for The Honorable Vera Strathmore. While writing scandalous novels, she dreams of living and working in New York, and regaining the happiness she enjoyed before her fiancé was killed in the war. A chance meeting with the Princess changes her life forever. Vera amuses the princess, and what—or who—Margaret wants, Margaret gets. Soon, Vera gains Margaret’s confidence and the privileged position of second lady-in-waiting to the Princess. Thrust into the center of Margaret’s social and royal life, Vera watches the princess’s love affair with dashing Captain Peter Townsend unfurl.”

I follow the royals more than I like to admit, and I prefer history to fiction, but I read historical fiction if the subject is someone about whom I’ve already read. I did not read the book description of The Other Windsor Girl (Amazon); I just went off the title, which I found out was a mistake.

This novel isn’t so much about Princess Margaret as it is about one of her ladies-in-waiting, the fictional Vera, who is so boring I had a hard time getting through this mess of a book. At first, Vera is shockingly forward with the princess, then she acts rather prudishly later on. The character was not well drawn out. And since Princess Margaret was not the main character but part of the supporting cast, I was left disappointed.

There’s a lot of writing about what people are wearing, which was tiresome to me. And there was a decided focus on Princess Margaret’s chest and how much cleavage she was showing. Just weird when written from a woman’s point of view.

Princess Margaret was the Princess Diana of her day, yet Blalock didn’t convey that with her writing. She gave the princess no endearing qualities and made the reader wonder why anyone would want to be part of the “Margaret Set” if she behaved so abominably all the time.

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