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At the outset of Dean's solid historical, the highly arranged life of the 17-year-old prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII, takes a drastic turn. One day in May 1911 while speeding in his motorcar, the prince, known as David, hits a young woman, Rose Houghton, riding on her bicycle near her home, Snowberry Manor. He rushes Rose to the manor house, where he falls almost instantly in love with her youngest sister, Lily. David spends much time at Snowberry, where he can pretend to be an ordinary man. He proposes to Lily, but his father, George V, refuses to allow the marriage. When David threatens to abdicate his right to the throne, Lily must choose between her own well-being and that of England. Besides creating a complicated lead in the prince, Dean (Palace Circle) deftly balances an array of well-drawn characters. Only the cartoonish villain, Captain Cullen, rings false. (Dec.)
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"With her insight into the era, Dean brilliantly depicts the man and England so well that readers will believe they are part of the whirlwind that was 1911 England. Through her elegant prose and vibrant descriptions, that world comes to life." --The Romantic Times

"Well researched and well written, this is romantic historical fiction at its best. " --Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767930568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767930567
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,254,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Young love, first love, love that's oblivious to all obstacles enfolds Prince Edward (known as David to friends and family) and Lily and creates euphoria for them. They ignore the encroaching `grownup' world with its rules, social mores, and responsibilities. Outmaneuvering constrictions like playful children escaping from their nanny, the two teenagers share the joy of true friendship then the special excitement of that consuming, first sexual awareness that is uniquely theirs.

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.
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Rebecca Dean's The Golden Prince weaves a fictitious tale of young love around the future Edward VIII (he of the Wallis Simpson fame) and a sweet girl he accidentally meets in the summer of 1911. The way the story is laid out, it is entirely plausible that such a relationship occurred, and especially with what we know of Edward's later life and love, almost likely that something of this magnitude happened somewhere in his early years. David (as he's known here and was known in his family) falls head over heels for Lily Houghton when he's involved in a motor car accident with her older sister; it's almost as though the freedom he finds with she and her family are the perfect antidotes to an overly scheduled and complex life in the spotlight. But will his father, King George V, allow him to marry a commoner, even if she is of good family?

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).
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Prince Edward, in 1912 the lonely, isolated heir to the British throne, commandeers his private car away from his driver in a show of independence and daring on his way home from his tony private school at semester's end, hits and knocks a young lady off her bike through reckless driving, and sets off a chain of wildly unlikely and clandestine events, in this well-written tale of the priviledged class and their betters.

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?
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