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The Wild Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria's Defiant Daughter Paperback – July 31, 2012
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“Romantic, exciting, historically accurate and deliciously imaginative, THE WILD PRINCESS is a lush and entertaining read. I look forward to more from Mary Hart Perry!” (Susan Fraser King, author of Lady Macbeth and Queen Hereafter)
THE WILD PRINCESS is a fascinating, intriguing glimpse into a royal household. There is the public image and then there is the reality that Mary Hart Perry brilliant brings to life. (Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of Lyon's Bride)
The Wild Princess is a wild ride, artfully told and overflowing with lavish Victorian detail. Perry’s Louise is equal parts fearless and vulnerable, admirable but also approachable. Perry walks the line between fact and invention with ease, weaving a fictional tale that nevertheless feels real. (Shelf Awareness for Readers)
Lots of action, compassion, mystery, and romance. Definitely a must read for those who love a great romance. (A Date with a Book)
[A] marvelous tale about the life of the real Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s most unconventional daughter-and the fascinating events that might have taken place between the cracks of recorded history. Full of romance and suspense …. a masterly historical novel. (Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of No Longer a Gentleman, and Dark Destiny as M. J. Putney.)
I love historical fiction and I’m a huge fan of Philippa Gregory’s work, and now I am also a fan of Mary Hart Perry. This novel has mystery, romance and historical elements...it’s just wonderful. Rating: 4.2 Stars! (For the Love of Film and Novels)
“A rollicking adventure about Queen Victoria’s bold artist daughter who finds herself ensnared in a plot involving expert bombers, a murderous pimp, and the former undercover guard to Abraham Lincoln, one of which vies for her heart.” (Heather Webb, Between the Sheets)
From the Back Cover
Four of the five daughters of England's Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were regal, genteel, and everything a princess should be. But one was rebellious, scandalous, and untamed.
This is her story. . . .
To the court and subjects of Queen Victoria, young Princess Louise—later the Duchess of Argyll—was the "Wild One." Proud and impetuous, she fought the constraints placed on her and her brothers and sisters, dreamed of becoming an artist, and broke with a three-hundred-year-old tradition by marrying outside of the privileged circle of European royals. Some said she wed for love. Others whispered of a scandal covered up by the Crown. It will take a handsome American, recruited by the queen's elite Secret Service, to discover the truth. But even as Stephen Byrne—code name the Raven—vows to risk his life to protect the royal family from violent Irish radicals, he tempts Louise with a forbidden love that could prove just as dangerous.
In the vein of Philippa Gregory, Mary Hart Perry tells the riveting story of an extraordinary woman—a princess who refused to give up on her dreams, including her right to true love.
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All that is fine; if authors of historical fiction stuck to only the known facts, novels would not only be a bit dry but give us little sense of the characters we want to see come to life.
That being said, if you're writing a book about one of Queen Victoria's children, I find it extremely annoying and distracting when simple facts about the family are botched. For example, Victoria's son did not become George IV (p. 411), he became Edward VII. Victoria did not have six daughters (p. 318), she had five. Additionally, it's hard to appreciate the "delicious tingle" that Louise experiences when Donovan says her name for the first time (p. 135)... when he said it five page earlier (p. 130). These mistakes either represent bad research or bad editing, both of which diminish the reader's experience.
Ultimately, this book is a predictable soap opera unworthy of the woman whose story it purports to tell. If you're actually interested in reading about Princess Louise and her sisters, I'd highly recommend Jerrold Packard's "Victoria's Daughters" -- a fascinating, personal, very readable nonfiction account of their lives.
life would have made it more interesting reading and it would not have become solely a fairy tale or romance.' Perry could have written this novel in any setting without the involvement of Queen Victoria, her family and entourage -- it would have been more enjoyable. As a result the novel seems to this reader to be too much of a commercial venture which capitalizes
on the popularity of the English Royals Although Perry notes that this is pure fiction, she also lists at the conclusion of this story many incidents in the Royals life which could possibly support her suppositions. This leaves the reader even more confused and
dissatisfied. I was very disappointed in this book as I'm sure that the author could have presented Louise as a "wild princess" even if she had based her novel mainly on the proven events surrounding the life of Princess Louise.
On the other hand, Louise back slides into the “Imperial Princess” mode far too often, falling back onto the characterization issuing orders and expecting obedience even from love interest, Stephen. In the beginning I could see this, but continuously doing it throughout the novel? Really? I also felt that some of the secondary characters were a bit too two dimensional for me; I’m thinking especially Victoria. She seemed a bit too scheming and manipulative to me. From what I've read, I know historically she had these traits to a degree. But it seems that in this novel, that’s all that Victoria portrays and I just don’t feel that’s all there was to her.
I don’t know. For the most part, I enjoyed the romantic bits and if I could find my own Stephen Byrne floating around somewhere, I’d latch on like no one’s business. I enjoyed the story despite some eye rolling coincidences. Yet, some of the characterization choices made me cringe and wish for some real growth. So if you can overlook some of that, sure give this a gander, if only to glory in the magnificence of Stephen. LOL