Summary: England, 1936. The year began with the death of a beloved king and the ascension of a charismatic young monarch, sympathetic to the needs of the working class, glamorous and single. By year’s end, the world would be stunned as it witnessed that new leader give up his throne in the name of love, just as the unrest and violence that would result in a Second World War were becoming impossible to ignore.
Review: Abdication was an interesting character study if you happened to care about the characters, which unfortunately I did not. I never felt the plot went anywhere either. I understood what Ms. Nicholson was trying to do, she wanted us to view the abdication of King Edward VIII's from different view points. Unfortunately, I didn't think any of them really cared that much and were caught up in their own lives and the drama that was their own.
While I found May to be intriguing, I felt that her past with her father was a bit stilted. I felt there should have been a little more emotional fall out from the situation. It seems a little too tied up neatly with a bow to really have some punch. I did thoroughly enjoy the relationship between Sam and May. They seemed to really understand the value of family.
Other than to provide an insiders look at how Edward and Willis' affair affected those around them, I felt that Evangeline didn't really offer much to the story. The idea of a love triangle between her, Julian and May felt forced and unauthentic. I felt nothing but pity for her because she was a lonely women with no one that really cared for her.
I know that this is Ms. Nicholson's first foray into historical fiction but perhaps her next one should have more of a hook.
Final Take: 3/5