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You Don't Need a Prince: A Letter to My Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Shireman
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Book Description

Timeless advice on love for women of all ages!

As women, so many of us buy into the myth that we need a prince to live happily ever after - or at least our verson of a prince. In reality, like the Good Witch tells Dorothy, YOU always had the power. You don't need a prince to be happy. The power to be happy lies within.

Now, instead of a fairytale, let a true story inspire you (or your daughter or a friend).

This book began as an email from a mother to a daughter in college at Indiana University. The daughter was going through a tough time in her relationship. She had mixed emotions about ending her current relationship because she simply did not want to hurt him. To make matters worse, she had just met another man. A man she was head over heels in love with. Amid this turmoil, her mother sent her an email with words of advice about love and relationships. About the myth that every girl needs a Prince.

The daughter loved the email so much that she began forwarding it to her friends. And so the chain began, women reaching out to women.

And now that email has been turned into a book for you to share with the women in your life.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My daughter and I are honored and delighted that so many other women have gained hope and inspiration from this book that started as a simple gift of love. May this little book help you to find your own happily ever after!

"ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND MOVING BOOKS I'VE EVER READ. This is for anybody who has, or will have, a daughter. If Caroline Ingalls had ever had a computer, she would have written emails like this to Carrie, Mary and Laura. It’s a book that will remain forever on my Kindle, and when my daughter is old enough to understand it then it will be compulsory reading for her.
But even if you’ve not got a daughter, this book is a must-read. It’s about relationships. It applies to everybody. It is short and powerful. Download it today and you’ll have read it all in thirty minutes. But the sentiments will stay with you forever."
Mark Williams, co-author (under Saffina Desforges) of the best-selling UK crime thriller Sugar and Spice and the Rose Red series.

FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS "I am one of the lucky girls who received an actual copy of the original email this book is based on. I have saved it, and re read it now. It is beautiful and well written. The email is filled with wonderful life lessons everyone should know, share, and read again! I am very happy this is now becoming a book and I know it will be a must read for girls and women off all ages!! :)" (From a Barnes & Noble Review)

If you are a woman, You Don’t Need a Prince: A Letter to My Daughter is a perfect gift.

To give yourself
To give to a friend
To give to your daughter
To give your granddaughter

Because, no matter what our age…

We are all little girls.
We all want to live happily ever after.
And we all have a little princess in us.

Note - this is a short book with 2500 words and 40 FULL COLOR PHOTOS !

Written by the author of the novels in the Life Is But a Dream series, Cooper Moon series, and Broken Resolutions.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Cheryl Shireman lives in Midwest on a beautiful lake with her husband, Bruce. "One of the things I like best about writing is that I can do it from home in my pajamas." She started writing as a teen, probably inspired after reading one of her favorite books, My Friend Flicka. Through the years, amid marriage, the birth of three children (Rocky, Lee Anne, and Scarlett), divorce, and her second marriage, the one thing that has remained constant is her love of writing. Her novels include Life Is But a Dream: On the Lake, Life Is But a Dream: In the Mountains, and Broken Resolutions. Her first book for children is entitled Let's Learn About...Dogs! She is currently hard at work (probably in her pajamas and staring out the window at the lake) on another novel. Her website is

Product Details

  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461001307
  • Publisher: Still Waters Publishing (March 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S2KLTG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt effort, laced with love July 29, 2011
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Many of the critics of self-publishing cite reasons such as "anyone can publish anything, even a letter to a relative" as one of the main drawbacks of buying an independently published book. As Cheryl Shireman's touching missive to her daughter Scarlett shows, sometimes the personal touch brings a poignant, human element to the written word and I, for one, am glad Shireman shared these private musings with the world. Shireman's letter is not just a cautionary, emotive and well-written epistle to her child, it is also sound, heartfelt advice for a generation of young women raised to expect Prince Charming to one day ride over the horizon. Motherly advice as it should be -- honest, from the heart,and laced with love -- this book should be read by all single twenty- or thirty-something girls still searching for that elusive "Mr Right."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have if you have a daughter June 24, 2011
Such a beautiful sentiment from a parent to a daughter who is finding difficulties in love. I don't think it could be written or said any better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Free Book Reviews January 15, 2012
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Normally when I review a book on this blog I have several criteria that I run through in order to give an idea to readers on if it will be worth the read. In saying this I had to modify the review template in order to review this one seeing as how this is a short story of about 2500 words. Now on to the review:

Without going into explicit details I can honestly say that this is a book(email) that is going to make it to the shelves of all the women still searching for happiness and love in my life. Shireman's email to her daughter Scarlett is an emotional, touching ride full of undiluted truths. She points out to her daughter (and many other women) what pitfalls they create for themselves and that setting expectations on others that are impossible to accomplish is self destructive to oneself. This heartfelt advise should be preached, painted and told to every girl in every corner of the globe. I also believe that this is a book that boys should read. While boys may find it difficult at first to comprehend or understand how this applies to them maybe they can see the bigger picture. Sometimes in our lives we meet that perfect woman (for me RJ Palmer) and we fail to see that by pushing us away harder and setting higher expectations on us we are only finding ourselves closer to their hearts. If we can recognize this and practice the patience spoken of in this book, along with sharing honesty with them we shall find the path together. If you have yet to read this book (email) take a moment to download and read this one. Once you are done, read it again. Now sit and think of the choices that you have made in your life, the relationships won and lost and I dare you not to see that at one time you were the same. This is not about settling for "Mr. or Ms. Right" it is about knowing that our expectations of them ruins and prevents finding them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I had a daughter... December 24, 2011
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If I had a daughter, I would buy her a copy of You Don't Need a Prince! The messages inside this little gem of a book are so very important for all young women today. If you have a daughter, buy her this book. Better yet, buy it for yourself, read it, then sit down and write your daughter a heartfelt letter of your own. She will cherish it forever, I'm sure. I'm marking You Don't Need a Prince as a highly recommended read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every girl and single woman needs to read this! November 5, 2011
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The love Cheryl has for her daughter is evident, but every girl/woman needs to know this.

As a single woman, I can say, this book is such good advice! I can't tell you how many times my mom told me the same thing through my teenage years. This advice is something you won't ever forget, and I thoroughly believe that every teenage girl and every single woman should read this book in their search to find Mr. Right. Because, you don't need a prince. You need a "good guy."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good perspective October 19, 2011
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I really enjoyed this wonderful book and the advice proposed. Dating sometimes feels like an uphill battle and it's easy to forget the reason why you choose to put yourself out there in the first place. You don't need a prince boils down what a good companion is made of and how we can set a better standard for what "true love" means.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a book for your daughter October 1, 2011
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After reading Cheryl Shireman's other books, I wanted to read this one. I found myself laughing, crying, and nodding consent through "You Don't Need a Prince". After several failed relationships, including one marriage, I was left wondering what I did wrong. This email-turned-book allowed me to understand that it was not about what I did wrong, but that I was in the wrong relationship. My daughter is young now, but when she reaches dating age she will get a copy of this book. It is a guide as to what we, as women, should look for in a partner. This book is not just for daughters, but for any female who is seeking or leaving a relationship. This is definitely money well spent as the life lessons in it are real and astounding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Women don't need a Prince; they need a GOOD guy September 22, 2012
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a MUST read book especially to those mothers have a daughter. it talks about relationship and finding Mr. Good guy. here are the best lines that i really love:

Qualities of a GOOD GUY:
1. he takes care of you when you are sick.
2. he thinks you are beautiful even when you look silly.
3. he makes you laugh.
4. he encourages you to be a better person.
5. he tries to be a better person for you.
6. he does things for you. not grand gestures, but every day quiet things.
7. he is responsible.
8. when he gives someone his word, he means it.
9. he isn't selfish.
10. he is nice to his mom. and if he has a sister, he is nice to her too.
11. he is stable. you can depend on him.
12. he wants to be your HERO, even if he doesn't know how.

Daughters, like me, find a GOOD GUY not a PRINCE... good luck!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming words of wisdom every girl needs to hear.
Open and honest words from a mother to her daughter about what to look for in a future husband. I will certainly be sharing this with my little girl one day.
Published 18 months ago by Joie
4.0 out of 5 stars Something every daughter should hear . . .
A short, sweet book full of great advice. It's all stuff smart women should already know, but it's a great reminder.
Published 22 months ago by AVJ
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS
This is probably something we've all thought about. Thank you to Cheryl Shireman for sharing this intimate letter to her daughter and allowing the rest of us to share these gems... Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. Crandall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice for girls/women of any age!
The author offers great advice to women of all ages (even though her initial intended audience was her college-aged daughter. Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by Raeby
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming, wonderful advice to pass along...
This was a fabulous perspective from a mother writing to her daughter, but it could have been a friend writing to her best friend. Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by SusanJan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice
I really enjoyed this short story, well email I guess. This is an email written from a mother to a daughter telling her that she won't find a prince but what a good guy is. Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by Dierdra Byrd
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was greatly disappointed in this"book". After reading the reviews about the great poetic advice in it, I decided to purchase it. The description says it is 97 pages. Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars a MUST read
I loved this! Every girl, young and old needs to read this! Cheryl Shireman gives wonderful advice meant for her daughter, but every one can take something from this.
Published on January 2, 2012 by cn33l
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story
I am a sucker for any mother-daughter story. "You Don't Need A Prince" is a short story (e-mail, actually) from a loving mother to her confused-in-love daughter. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by Hannah's mom
4.0 out of 5 stars A mother's advice.
I loved this quick little read. It was originally emailed out to friends after it was written. I will have to see to it that I get a copy of this wonderful ebook to my children... Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Marla
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More About the Author

Cheryl Shireman lives in the Midwest on a beautiful lake with her husband, Bruce. She has three adult children and one adorable granddaughter. She writes full-time, often in her pajamas.

She is the author of several novels including:
Life is But a Dream: On the Lake
Life is But a Dream: In the Mountains
Broken Resolutions
Cooper Moon: The Calling
Cooper Moon: The Temptation

She is also the author of the much-loved non-fiction book, You Don't Need a Prince: A Letter to My Daughter

In addition, Cheryl created the Curious Toddler Series of children books after finding it difficult to find books to engage her then 3 year old granddaughter. The first book of the series, Let's Learn About...Dogs! was such a hit with her granddaughter that Cheryl went on to create several books in the series. Like all of her other books, the books in the Curious Toddler series are available as ebooks and as paperbacks.

In 2011, Cheryl gathered a group of women writers together to create the first Indie Chick Anthology. Since then, more bestselling women writers have joined the group and together they continue to create anthologies based on various themes. Cheryl and the other "Indie Chicks" can be found blogging about topics they are passionate about at

Cheryl's website is

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A NOTE FROM CHERYL: Thank you so much to all of my readers. YOU have made a life-long dream come true. I spend my days (and nights!) writing because of your continued support. And I would like to offer special thanks to those of you who have taken the time to leave reviews, send emails, and visit my website. Your kind words mean more to me than you will ever imagine.

One of my readers (Kristyn) quoted J.D. Salinger on her Facebook page - "What really knocks me out is a book that when you are all done reading it, you wish the author who wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much though." She then added..."I had this happen so I found her on Facebook. Thank you for being you Cheryl Shireman!" How can I ever top that?

I have felt that way, too. I have read books by certain authors and felt that I knew them better - almost as if we were friends and they just shared a very precious secret - let me see a small piece of their heart. I love that about writing - how it can connect total strangers together in a way that feels intimate and profound. So - again - thank you for reading my books and making that connection with me. I am so very grateful.



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