13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 1998
I never expected Princess Daisy to be as good of a read as it was. They story is captivating and the herione, Daisy makes you want to be her. Krantz's descriptions of the places in the novel are so wonderful that you feel as though you were right there. All the different characters in this book seem to all have a little secret and it just makes you want to read more and more to uncover it. If you have never read a romance novel before, I would recommend that you read this novel. This is probably my favorite book because of the unique way Krantz presents the story along with her detailed descriptions of everyone and everything in the book. I enjoyed this book so much that i went and bought the miniseries.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This book was a diverting "guilty" pleasure to read. (I never liked that expression because I never feel guilty about reading trashy novels.) However, it really didn't need to be as long as it was. The thing that added all the unnecessary length was Krantz's insistence on giving us pages of background information on characters who are completely tangential to the plot. We get all kinds of introductions to and sex scenes between characters who simply do not matter. The book is supposed to be about Princess Daisy, based on the title, but her story only takes up 2/3 of it.
I like Krantz's writing style, because it's wildly over the top and often makes me laugh. However, she does have a tendency to just run on and on about things once she's already made her point. In the interest of NOT following in her footsteps, I will end this review.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 1999
I admit it, i 'judge a book by it's cover'. That is the reason i first picked up "Princess Daisy", the cover was beautiful. The story turned out to be equally compelling. The key to a good book is making you feel like you are in the story, and making the characters and their situations seem real. Krantz does this wonderfully. I was captured by the story of Daisy, her life, her struggles, and her triumphs. When i reached the last chapter, i was extremely disappointed. I didn't want the story to end! I read this last chapter over and over, and i hoped for a sequel. I highly recommend reading this novel to anyone who enjoys reading about romance, adventure, and mystery; this book has it all, and pulls it off well.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2010
Most of this book reads like a flash back, and it's quite disconcerting. In the first chapter, we meet 23-year-old Daisy setting up a shoot for a commercial. A few paragraph's later, her parents are posing with Infant Daisy for Life magazine. The second chapter begins to describe how Daisy's parents met, then rather abruptly skips back again in time to explain both of their childhoods. The book proceeds loosely chronologically from there, but even in 495 pages, that's a lot of time to cover. Therefore, most of the information is presented in a rather dry narrative, pausing here and there to include a scene or two of action or dialogue. The reader just barely gets interested in the current cast of characters and what's going on in with Daisy before skipping ahead to the next important event in her life. Finally, by Chapter 14, we're back to the scene from Chapter 1, where Daisy's producing a commercial. Finally, the reader thinks, all will be action. Instead, this pattern continues, introducing each new character with tons of backstory, and staging very little of the "action" in front of the reader.
It was really very exhausting to read and took quite a long time, which was surprising, because I very recently read another book by this author that was almost a hundred pages longer, but took me almost a week less to read.
The plot of the book, which mostly just the life of the main character, with a lot of interpersonal (and intrapersonal) conflict, was decent enough. Daisy herself was quite compelling. I'd just have liked less background information on everyone around her and more about her. Her dynamism doesn't really show until the very end of the book, and seems almost abrupt, like the climax was rushed. One of her main adversaries is neutralized in a very confusing way, that really did not seem true to the character, and her stunning realization about herself took place just pages before the end of the book. I would have liked to know more about how Daisy continues, more of an epilogue. This is the only way in which this book fails to give enough explanation. It's almost as if some editor decided the thing was getting to long and cut off the author before she was finished.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2005
Princess Margaret Alexandrovna Valensky, AKA Daisy, has it all: loving parents, a title preceding her name and money that grows on trees--until tragedy strikes. Before you can say, oh here we go again, Daisy's charmed life is turned upside down when she is forced to face a painful past... and an unsure future. Judith Krantz's fans can rest easy; the author's second outing after the megahit Scruples is a winner. PRINCESS DAISY is a compelling yarn of the rich and rotten, jam-packed with beautiful people, lavish settings, designer clothes and plenty of skin. Daisy and friends are an exciting bunch of characters; unidimensional, perhaps, but fun. Their world of champagne and caviar is a celebrated experience no matter what. Yes, Krantz spreads it thick on the over-the-top scale, but who cares. The novel works. It is as grand and as sinful as those secrets her heroine so desperately wants to hide. Go on, indulge, for PRINCESS DAISY is classy stuff in escapism fiction.-----Martin Boucher
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2008
This is a great book. I actually bought this copy to replace the old paperback I've had for years, it had so much wear and I just love it so much I wanted a hardcover. I can read this book over, and over....And have!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2014
This book is fun for a campy read! I'd read it years ago—think I stole it from my mom's shelf? LOL. Regardless, the characters are unique and engaging, as is always the case with Judith Krantz's books.
Highly recommend to anyone who wants to read something that is an escape from everyday life.
on October 29, 2011
Princess Daisy - the title was intriguing enough to pick up the book.
Living in today's modern world, the charm of princesses and tales from the era gone by are always an attraction. What happens when a real princess steps in the ordinary world?
I am a recent initiate to Judith Krantz readers' clan. Had stumbled upon Jewels of Tessa Kent while on vacation and was pleasantly and memorably surprised at the read, the portrayals of characters, just the right amount of titillation and a rich storyline. Princess Daisy has the same flavour.
If you are looking for a book which is a light, interesting read at the end of a long tiring day, this is just the right book. It has enough flavour and spice to keep you hooked and has the finesse which many books which are light reads lack.
The only flaw, I wish the book didn't have is the presence of some superfluous characters and lengthy descriptions of their past and present lives and family trees which do not really weave into the main narrative. For example Ham Short and Topsy Short who are not entitled to the kind of coverage they have in the book, given their tiny role in developing the storyline. The principal story in itself is smooth flowing.
Judith Krantz lends a depth to her stories and characters which really make them memorable and stand out from the rest. I loved the way Princess Daisy's character develops during the course of the novel - the influence of her parents and their own childhoods on her, how her personality grows, matures and is finally unfurled towards the end of the book. "Oh, I've come into my own self is the best way I can say it...!"
It's a story any girl can relate to and yet be charmed by. I would recommend this book with a salute to the fine writing in this genre and look forward to reading many more books by the author.
on November 23, 2014
I liked parts of this book.
Admittedly, Judith Krantz doesn’t receive credit in the academic world, but she writes with much more gusto, heart, acuity and genuine warmth than most, and her expressions of hatred and deep emotion are palpable.
Admittedly there are flaws. Sentimentality, lack of credibility and terrible corniness, and I loathed the character of Kiki. I didn’t stop reading after she was introduced, but soon after. She was an extreme annoyance. A waste of time and space. However I did like the character of Daisy.
I liked Daisy. I didn’t admire her, but she was suitable as an heroine. She was not particularly special but for she was extremely beautiful.
But the most fascinating character was her nemesis, Ram, the lesser loved perfect child. Daisy’s brother. I adored the parts featuring Ram. Ram is craven and crazed, and yet, he was the most fascinating character of the whole book. Second is his potential paramour, Sarah Fane.
The book spent too much time with minor characters, who had no appeal. Kiki and her profound tiresome idiocy. The history of the lurcher dog. Even Patrick Shannon was dull.
But what is admirable is the emotional intensity.
It could have been tightened. The deep emotion seemed separate from the book, as if Krantz were occupied with something else.
I loved I’ll Take Manhattan and I admired Scruples, but this is a book that needed some editing.
on December 17, 2013
I used to read a lot of romance novels in the 80s as a teen and this is by far my favorite one ever. It's just a romp through international glamour, wealth, beauty, sex, deviousness...I love it. This author must have done a remarkable amount of research into so many different subjects and times and places. It comes off as if these characters all really existed in history and hob-nobbed with the rich and famous. Daisy is such a likable character that you can't hate her for being fabulously beautiful and having it all. All the characters just come alive, good, bad, and in-between. You can picture them exactly, and where they are, and the ambiance. Also, if you like this book, they made a pretty good miniseries out of it in the 80s with an awesome cast and beautiful settings.