Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean
Palace Circle, which I found to be pleasant but not striking or enduring, is hard for me to summarize. It starts by telling the story of Delia, a spirited 18-year-old American girl who quickly falls in love with and marries a much older, widowed English gentleman. About the only thing she gets out of the marriage is her title. Her husband begins their marriage in love with another woman and he has no plans of ending his affair. All he wanted from her was an heir. Despite her initial devestation, Delia blossoms socially in London and eventually finds the love she’s looking for when her husband’s connection to the Crown sends the family to Eygpt. This is a straight forward story line except it is then that the narration then shifts from Delia’s daughter Petra, to her daughter Davina, and then a man in each of their lives. This serves to tell much more about the politics of the years leading up to the second World War, but it felt disjointed to me. I also found the central secret to be unbelievable in that Delia had no clue how it was resolved. Overall, had the story been told by an omniscient narrator I would have enjoyed it more.
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