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The Golden Prince Paperback – December 21, 2010
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"Well researched and well written, this is romantic historical fiction at its best. " --Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
The Golden Prince, while not the usual happy-ever-after love story, is a story that reveals a love that is willing to give up much to insure the future happiness of the loved one. The love David and Lily share makes the heart sing. The inner strength and courage it engenders is memorable.
In 1911, young David, soon to be the new Prince of Wales, did not enjoy the freedoms the 2011 Prince of Wales enjoys, but when the opportunity to shed his `royal image' for a short time presents itself, he jumps at the chance. The four Houghton girls, granddaughters of Lord May of Snowberry are unaware of his royal station in life when they invite him into their ordinary world, giving him friendship with no strings attached. He can be himself without constraints. It is a special rite of passage time for the young prince.
Lily, the youngest of the girls, is a magical, sparkling beauty with a joy for life. She steals his heart, encourages him to be the best he can be, and loves him with all her young heart, even after she learns his true identity. A talented sculptor, Lily lives in her own artistic world much of the time, loved and protected by her family that is uneasy about her connection with the young man who will someday be king.Read more ›
The Golden Prince is a fascinating tale, filled with real historical figures and well developed fictional ones. Though their love is swift and all encompassing, almost too good to be believed, Dean gives us plenty of reason to suspect that such a clandestine affair took place, giving David solace and emotion in a life lacking both. While they are, of course, the focus of the story, there are subplots involving all of Lily's sisters: Rose, the suffragette, holding herself back from love; Iris, the staid traditionalist; and Marigold, the wild, scandalous young woman desperate for attention. These subplots weave themselves through the main storyline and flesh out all the characters.
I really enjoyed this novel, with its insight into the private lives of the future Edward VIII and those around him, even if the love affair between David and Lily seemed a bit immature (but of course they were both seventeen).Read more ›
Central to the story is the Houghton family, a group of four teenaged sisters living with their titled - but not royal - grandfather on an estate not far from London. The eldest, Rose, is active in the budding women's rights movement while trying to also ride herd on her younger sisters; Iris, a shy, plain stay-at-home, is happy in her assumption of marriage with the estate-next-door's son; Marigold, a rather-too-aware and fairly brazen flirt, is causing gray hairs all over the place; and Lily, a 15-year-old beauty, whom the Prince falls deeply, madly in love with as soon as he sets eyes on her, when he escorts Rose back to her home after knocking her off her bike. (The Houghton father is gone; the mother has remarried and is living the high life in France.)
This book has Masterpiece Theatre: The Fantasy written all over it. A highly imagined, fanciful bit of melodrama that could never have happened, with the temper of the times, it does posit an interesting query: what if a young monarch took it into his head, in those days, to totally flaunt the established (and sacred) laws of royalty and canoodle with a commoner - however well-born - with the clear aim of marriage?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So satisfying in every way. A sin to compare it to Barbara Taylor Bradford as they aren't even in the same universe.Published 15 months ago by Jan Goff
It was a very good wll written piece of fiction. I also believe it just might be a true story, however, the ending just left you wanting more.Published 19 months ago by josteiner2
Read the back cover of this book and you know basically the whole story. I bargained with myself that if by page 100 or chapter 10 - whichever one came first - I still wasn't... Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Becky Weber
Rather than being billed as historical fiction this novel falls more under romance In a historical setting. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by C. Anderson
THE GOLDEN PRINCE portrays King Edward VIII the man who would eventually give up the crown of England for the "woman he loved" as a sad seventeen year old known as David falling in... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Susan K. Schoonover
I had read The Shadow Queen about Wallace Simpson, by Rebecca Dean and absolutely loved it so thought I would give this a try. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Avid Reader
Four sisters live with their grandfather, a minor lord, on the idyllic estate of Snowberry. Rose is a politically active suffragette fighting against the imprisonment and forced... Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by MElise
I've often wondered why Prince Edward would rather marry divorcee Wallis Simpson than be an English king and author Rebecca Dean probably wondered the same thing because "The... Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Emily A.
Rebecca Dean has chosen a little known love story as the topic of this book.
It is 1911, and a young man, called David by his friends, is quite taken by a stunning,... Read more