By Rebecca Dean
Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780767930550, 432pp.
Publication Date: March 24, 2009
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. It's every girl's 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 husband's 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 Dean's irresistible combination of real events and masterful storytelling will keep readers fascinated until the very last page.
"If you like Philippa Gregory, you will love this book!"
“Palace Circle is vivid and tender, deeply enthralling. Rebecca Dean has written a timeless novel.”
–Luanne Rice, author of The Geometry of Sisters
"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, author of While My Sister Sleeps
"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. Marvelous... Dean beautifully captures the mood and color of the era."
"[A] breathlessly plotted debut... cataclysmic world and family crises entertainingly refracted through a prism of privilege."