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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Welcome to the ALL Day Review Blitz Blog Tour of "The Wild Princess"by Mary Hart Perry. Brought to you by the lovely ladies at Innovative Online Book Tours. Here you can read my review of the book, the book's synopsis, and the author's bio.
The Wild Princess:
a Novel of Queen Victoria's Daughters
by Mary Hart Perry
Publishing Date: 7/31/12
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.
I received a copy of "The Wild Princess" from the publisher for the blog tour of the book on Innovative Online Book Tours for my honest review.
I've always been a fan of the Victorian Era and of course historical fiction. Let me just say the minute I finished reading "The Wild Princess", I was upset to find out that Stephen Byrne who I will explain about a little later in my review...was not real...but was the imagination of the author. =( *sigh* You'll understand why I'm upset...once I read my review.
Princess Louise has been deemed the "The Wild One" of Queen Victoria's children. She's forced to marry a man, she really doesn't love and on their wedding night...she finds out even something scandalous about her husband. She has to promise to keep it hidden and she believes her mother the Queen did the arrange marriage on purpose. Princess Louise just wanted to become an artist and help women out...but unfortunately her mother had other plans for her.
The Queen is getting threats and it's becoming dangerous even for her family and friends to be in the palace. In comes Stephen Bryne who is the Queen's elite Secret Service. He came from America to get away from what was going on there and also get over what happened to the last person he was to protect. He's been blaming himself for what happened so he wants to redeem himself some way. His job to keep the royal family safe from the Irish radicals who want to kidnap them or even kill them. He knows the Irish radicals have something serious planned and he thinks someone in the palace is keeping them informed on what is going on with the royal family. He must protect the Queen and her children...but in the mean time, he has become head over heels for Princess Louise who he can never be with since she's a married woman.
Unfortunately, though he can't avoid her because he has to protect her also.
Princess Louise asked for Stephen Byrne's help on a matter that happened back when she was attending art school. Stephen actually finds out some things on the Princess and he's starting to see why Queen Victoria and Princess Louise are always butting heads. He's also starting to realize there's another side to Louise..a side, he can't help, but adore.
My thoughts on "The Wild Princess" are that I had a hard time putting down this book once it really started picking up in the middle. I had a hard time getting interested in the beginning at first, except for the one part what Louise found out something about her husband. I felt terrible for her. The whole entire time I read the book, I was mad at Queen Victoria and what she did to Princess Louise. I got even more mad when I found out something else about Louise. I just wanted to go into the book and scream at Queen Victoria for her. How dare she? (but I remembered...its just a fictional book...or parts of it are anyways). Princess Louise went through so much and that one part in the story had me in tears because I felt terrible for what she had to do.
I love how Mary Hart Perry created a happy story for Princess Louise and...well... I fell in love with Stephen when he was introduced of course. His manners and just his style captured my heart. How he didn't really judge the Princess. Instead, he helped her get over her demons and come to closure. He was such an amazing character in the book...and when I found out he was just fictional...I actually got upset. I believe the Princess should have had a happy life in real life. She deserved it for what the Queen put her through. I'm definitely glad I was not born a Princess...because I probably would've been just like Princess Louise..."The Wild Princess" who just wanted some freedom away from the walls of the palace and of course away from her mother so she could enjoy her youth.
I'm so happy though that Mary made it where the Princess in the story got some happily ever after. =)
If you're a fan of historical fiction, you will enjoy this book.
I will be picking up the second novel of Queen Victoria's daughter's whenever it is published and I also plan on reading many more books from Mary Hart Perry. =)
Mary Hart Perry lives in Maryland with her husband and two feline writing partners: Miranda and Tempest. She teaches at The Writer's Center in Washington, DC and is an inspiring speaker for international and regional organizations interested in the joys of history and fiction writing. She is an advocate for teen and adult literacy. You can reach her at Mary@MaryHartPerry.com. She invites you to "like" her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter @Mary_Hart_Perry.
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