Palace Circle: A Novel

Rebecca Dean

Published by Broadway, 2009
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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. 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.

Review: Barbara Delinsky Reviews Palace Circle

Barbara Delinsky is the author of more than seventeen bestselling novels with over twenty million copies in print. Her books include The Secret Between Us, Suddenly, and More Than Friends. Her most recent novel, While My Sister Sleeps, was published in February 2009. Learn more about Barbara Delinsky in the Barbara Delinsky Store, and read her guest review of Rebecca Dean's Palace Circle:

Always intrigued by the family unit--what brings families together, or in turn, what tears them apart--I was immediately drawn to Rebecca Dean’s masterful storytelling in Palace Circle, set in early 20th century England. In many of my novels I examine how families are affected by crisis, change, or death, and it’s the development of how characters react to such situations that I often find most interesting.

In Palace Circle, Delia, strong and confident ahead of her time, is at the center of a swirling maelstrom of family passions. A Virginian belle, she is swept off her feet by Ivor Conisborough, an English aristocrat twenty years her senior. Delia marries Ivor and sets off for glamour and adventure in England–only to learn that life with Ivor is far from what she had expected.

Soon it becomes oh-so obvious that Ivor has married Delia to bear him a son and that his true heart belongs to his long-time lover. Rather than return in shame to Virginia, Delia learns to ignore Ivor’s affair and becomes a favorite at the Royal Court. She charms all the men around her and soon lose her own heart to one of Ivor’s long-time friends. With her beauty, social grace and way with men, she’s both admired and hated by the other women at Court.

Family and what it represents are important to both Delia and Ivor. He never gets his male heir as Delia instead bears two daughters--Petra and Davina--both with their mother’s strong will. Petra’s determination to marry a long-time family friend adds yet another layer of intrigue, while Davina creates turmoil on her own by rejecting the high society life which her parents had planned for her.

Dean’s writing is enveloping. Events and emotions spread across time and space. From Virginia to England, Cairo and back. From the enlightened British society of 1911, to a darkened court during World War II. Love blooms, but not where it’s supposed to... and things are frequently not what they seem. Deep secrets lurk behind the family doors. Mix in some larger-than-life historical figures and the drama of war, and you’ll find yourself flipping the last page before you know it... hating to have reached the end of a truly delectable read.--Barbara Delinsky

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Publisher: Broadway
Publication Date: 2009
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