CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): To show the effects of the Duke of Windsor’s rule of the Bahamas during World War II.
FACTS: After his abdication Edward, the Duke of Windsor, married Wallis Simpson and he was made governor of the Bahamas. This book follows two story lines – Elfride, who chronicles life during WWI and Benedict who tells of life during WWII. At first I found it difficult to switch back and forth between the two stories and keep the stories straight. The author wraps the story up very neatly in the end. I read this as I was cruising the Bahamas, and found nothing left of the Bahamas the Windsors knew. It was an interesting way to learn the history of the islands.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. A very interesting read.