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Prince Charming Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1995

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The opening line of Garwood's ( Saving Grace ) latest novel, "The vultures were gathering in the vestibule," aptly sets the tone for the machinations to follow. These "vultures" (of 1868 vintage) are the greedy relatives of Lady Esther Stapleton awaiting the death of their wealthy kin. Worst of the lot is Esther's son, Malcolm, a devious and demented gentleman who is unaware that his vigil is useless: his mother has already transferred her wealth from England to a Boston bank in the name of her favorite granddaughter, Taylor. To shield Taylor from Malcolm's wrath, Esther arranges for the girl to marry Lucas Ross, a Montana rancher itching to end his visit to England. The couple readily agree to the plan: Lucas needs the money to bring his younger brother to America, and Taylor knows Lucas's protection is the only way she can safeguard her tiny orphaned nieces from Malcolm, whose sexual appetite runs to the very young. The marriage is to be annulled as soon as they reach the States, but love has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans. Garwood pads her story with pages of intricate detail (bathing, shopping, decor, traveling, etc.) that ultimately slow the pace to a crawl. Readers can enjoy this book for the humor, the sweetness and the sensuality.
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Compelled to action by the death of her adored grandmother, unconventional Lady Taylor Stapleton agrees to marry Lucas Ross, a man she has never met, and accompany him to America temporarily, all in an effort to save her two young nieces from their greedy and lecherous uncle. But all does not go as planned, and when the girls are kidnapped, Taylor and Lucas are forced to continue their matrimonial charade. Despite the thread of child abuse, sexual and otherwise, woven throughout the story, Garwood's latest offering (following Saving Grace, Pocket Bks., 1993) is light and funny, featuring lively dialog, swift-moving action, and a wonderfully outspoken heroine. Garwood readers might also enjoy books by Amanda Quick and Judith McNaught.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671870963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671870966
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 3, 1999
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Yes, I am a girl of only 13. I accidentally found the book in my mother's dresser. But I started reading it and fell in love!! I loved the story line and the romance between Taylor and Lucas. It is by far the best book that I have read in a long time. I am hooked on Julie Garwood now. I love the fact that her storys are historical. And for all of you out there who are looking for a good romance, I would suggest this. I am usually boered with books, and this one held my attention untill the very last word. I have read it many times since.
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I love Julie Garwood's style and spirit in all her writings, but Prince Charming is by far my favorite. It is a slightly different style than her other books, which I think throws off some of her other readers, but in my opinion is refreshing. Unlike most romance novels, Prince Charming carries the story farther past the origional conflict. The initial "throw ourselves at each other and onto the bed" that usually concludes a romance novel is more to the side rather than the main focus. Instead there is an emphasis on the character's struggles to understand one another. Prince Charming is a beautifully told story, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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I am a relatively new fan of Julie Garwood's and this book is a little different from the others that I've read. This novel takes place in several locations and is a very involved story.

Taylor and Lucas are charismatic as the main characters. It takes a little while for Lucas' character to develop; he's a bit of a mystery man. Similar to other Julie Garwood heroines, Taylor is very likable (also young, beautiful, sweet, petite, from a disfunctional family, etc.) There are also some interesting secondary characters. Taylor's grandmother is only in a brief part of the book, but I began to think she was clairvoyant the way she arranged the marriage between Lucas and Taylor. They really were a perfect match! There is a "knock-your-socks-off" love scene about 2/3 of the way through the book.

Although I really enjoyed this story, there were a couple weaknesses that I would like to point out. Taylor's friend Victoria is an unwed mother to be, but we never got to learn who her ex-boyfriend was. I thought maybe it would end up being William Merritt (Taylor's philandering ex-fiance). Also, Lucas has three half-brothers that are mentioned occasionally in the book, but we never get to meet them.
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By A Customer on February 21, 2000
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I've read this book before, many times in fact, and I absolutlly adore it. I love all of Julie Garwood's books, and this is one of my favorites. She is my favorite writter, and all her books are fantastic. So I thought it would be nice to listen to the tape while I worked out or wanted to listen to something without having the TV on. One word sums the audio up, awful. The person who read the book did a nice job of the voices and all, but I was extremlly dissapointed at how many details the editors took out. If you think that you want to listen to this tape, DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT. The book is a million times better. If you absolutly have to listen to the book on tape, I suggest you try to find an unabriged copy.
If you liked the book, I would recomend all of Ms. Garwoods books, Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught, and anything by Amanda Quick.
Let me stress again that the book is ten million times better then the audio.
Happy Readings :)
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I am a new Julie Garwood fan. This was the first of her novels that I read. Since then I have read "The Bride" and "The Wedding". Even though the other two books were highly enjoyable, Prince Charming in my estimation was the better. I just recently read it again. Initially the reader may have wondered why the book was entitled Prince Charming. However as the story went on, Lucas was revealed as a true "Prince" among men. He wasn't a man of high birth, he didn't possess wealth, and he wasn't a man who courted notoriety. Indeed, he was of the lowest birth, a bastard, he wasn't a man of means, and he ran from fame. However, his character was of the highest a human being could achieve,and he never wanted to be given praise, achieve fame,or wealth for any of his acheivements. Through divine intervention, he met the perfect match, Taylor, aristocrat. A person who had so many of the same character traits. How could he not fall in love with her even though he deemed himself unworthy. I loved the title. The moral of the story, it's not a person's station in life that tells you the worthiness of an individual. It is truly the character that matters. There was a second romance in the story between Hunter and Victoria. He too was a Prince among men.
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This book takes place in America which is the different part because this is Julie Garwood's first book that is set mostly in America. This was a good story. Lucas and Taylor where a very cute couple. Lucas was the strong silent type and Taylor was very strong and open. There is also a second story with Hunter, Lucas's friend and Victoria, Taylor's friend, that is really cute. This book was different also because of the second story. I mean some of her books have second story's but this one was different in the sense that you got to know them better and see their side of things. This story moves slow in parts but really fast in others. It was not her best writing but it was still good. A lot goes on in this book. Lucas and Taylor are married in England, they are on a ship to America while on the ship she becomes friends with Victoria, they go to Boston, they have to find her twin nieces, he leaves to hunt for someone, she leaves to go to the town he lives near, he finds her, then her uncle comes to get the kids. That may not seem like a lot but all the stuff in between and during these things...believe me it is a lot. I felt that Julie Garwood could have left some of the stuff out and it still would have been a good story. The book is about 525 pages and it sometimes felt like it was never going to end, but when you get to the end you do not really want it to end because it was a good story. You really get to know all 4 characters pretty well because you see them in so many different situations. This is a good story and would recommend reading it. It has a nice meaning to it. Never give up on your dreams! Also just a little thing, I did not think Prince Charming was a very good name for the book. It seemed like a stretch. Lucas is not bad, he is really sweet, but he isn't a prince, he is a mountain man!

Chrissy
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