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Posted March 31, 2013
I read this book recently, but have forgotten to write and publi
I read this book recently, but have forgotten to write and publish my review!
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars!
I read Seducing the Princess by Mary Hart Perry! I really enjoyed this intriguing Victorian thriller.
This story was inspired by the life of Beatrice, youngest daughter of Queen Victoria.
It's also the first book that I read by this author and found it very well written.
High drama in the Royal family, makes it an interesting historical novel that I recommend.
If you love royal intrigues, then you won't be disappointed. I will read more books by this author.
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Last year I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing The Wild P
Last year I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing The Wild Princess by Mary Hart Perry. It was an enjoyable read that left me eager to read Perry's other novels about the Victorian princesses. When I was given the opportunity to review Seducing the Princess , I jumped at it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As a history major, I've read a good bit about Queen Victoria and her family, but I always found her immediate family to be a bit dull. (Seriously, how can you compete with the craziness and drama of the Middle Ages?) Perry's first novel piqued my interest in the family, and Seducing the Princess did not disappoint. Princess Beatrice, known to her family as "Baby", seems to be stuck in her situation of being the eternal companion of her mother Queen Victoria. She soon finds herself with two suitors, Prince Henry of Battenberg and Gregory MacAlister, a minor Scottish nobleman sent by Wilhelm II of Germany. It was not until after I finished the novel that I realized the historical accuracy (with some fictionalization for effect, of course) of the novel, as I am not familiar with the details of Victoria and her children's personal lives.
As for the story in Seducing the Princess itself, I was very pleased. I connected to Beatrice almost immediately. As the oldest unmarried female in my family and still living at home, I definitely understood how she felt. She was nowhere near as clumsy, ignorant, or dull as she was perceived to be, and I felt just as frustrated as her when she was treated as such. Her suitors, Henry and Gregory, were just as compelling in their own ways. Henry truly cared about Beatrice, and that was made evident from the beginning. On the other hand, Gregory was a nasty villain that I enjoyed detesting. He did a lot of really awful things, the least of which being spying and attempting to seduce Princess Beatrice. There was a lot of drama, but it only served to make the book extremely difficult to put down. I may have used Wikipedia to cheat and see what happened with Beatrice near the beginning of the novel, but it did not lessen my enjoyment.
Overall, I found Seducing the Princess to be just as good as The Wild Princess , and Mary Hart Perry is now one of the historical romantic fiction authors that I will automatically read when I see her work. I recommend this novel to any reader of the genre, and I am looking forward to Perry's next book about Queen Victoria's daughters.
To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received an ecopy of the book from the publisher or author via Innovative Online Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own.
Posted March 27, 2013
Mary Hart Perry is a new to me author and Seducing the Princess
Mary Hart Perry is a new to me author and Seducing the Princess is the first book that I read. I was thoroughly blown away! I loved reading about Queen Victoria's youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice. Of course, I did a quick google search on her to read more about her and her life with the Queen. I am amazed at how the author seamlessly intertwined Princess Beatrice's story with the facts surounding her love match with Henry Battenberg.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story was well written and I empathized with Princess Beatrice. Queen Victoria really seemed like the villain of the story. I can just imagine how hard it was for Beatrice growing up as her mother's shadow. The way the Queen treated Beatrice struck a chord in me and I could not help but hate the Queen for doing this to her youngest daughter. Beatrice comes off as an obedient and meek daughter, only following what the Queen commands her to do but deep inside, she cannot wait to leave and have a life of her own. This happens when she meets and falls in love with Henry.
Henry and Beatrice's love story was really sweet, I thought. I love the way that he went out of his way to get to know the Princess and helping her overcome her shyness and become a strong woman. I have to point out that all the characters are well developed and I find that this help drive the whole plot of the story. I felt that I knew them and that I was one of the Queen's daughters.
I also loved that there was another villain in the story in the form of Prince Gregory, another cousin. I like to think that a good story has to have a good villain and Gregory really fit the bill to a T. Although there is a minor villain in the form of Queen Victoria, I cannot see her as the ultimate villain even if she plays a part preventing a romance between Beatrice and Henry.
I recommend this book to readers who love Philippa Gregory.
Posted March 26, 2013
Although I would definitely classify this novel as an adult fict
Although I would definitely classify this novel as an adult fiction with romance, I will point out immediately that it is very well reserved. You will not find many racy moments in this title, but there are still many sexual references, some adult language, and sensual scenes throughout the book. I only mention all of this now, so as to 'clear the air' so to speak. I review a variety of genres, including YA and adult romances, so I just want to make sure it is clear to everyone that this title is somewhat in between the two; it is most definitely not a YA book, but also not necessarily an adult romance either.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Okay, now that that is clear, on to the review. To start I found this title absolutely charming and captivating. It was a combination of so many things that I couldn't stop reading. Seducing the Princess is a very well written novel that I constantly found witty, thrilling, and a tad bit adventurous. Perry did a superb job of connecting the readers to the main characters emotions; there are moments where I swear you can feel poor Bea's frustrations rolling out of the pages. There are also moments throughout the book where you, as the reader, know facts that the characters have yet to discover, and you find yourself wanting to yell at the characters for their choices, much like watching a scary movie when the victim walks into a trap. As irritating as this can be, this is what makes this title such a great read; the frustration pushes you forward in reading, hoping the characters will wise up and see the world and other characters for what they really are.
The characters themselves are well developed. Seducing the Princess had a wide variety of characters, and all served their own purpose to the story line. I found the Queen to be frustrating and at times irritating, but at other times quite enduring. You can tell she has personal motives for keeping her daughter to herself, and yet at the same time she truly fears the worst for Bea and feels she is saving her from a lifetime of pain and heartbreak. It was truly a pleasure to read and watch Bea break away from the expectations held above her, and to become a strong independent woman. Henry and Gregory were both the perfect male counterparts to encourage the growth in Bea, both serving their own purposes to different aspects of the princess's personality changes. I won't spoil the story and give further details about the men in the story.
Overall, I was thoroughly enchanted by Perry's Seducing the Princess, and would definitely recommend it as a choice to read. If you love historical fiction with a heap of romance and a dash of thrills and adventure, then this is definitely a title for your shelf.
Posted March 5, 2013
Mary Hart Perry has done it again. Weaving love and loss betwixt
Mary Hart Perry has done it again. Weaving love and loss betwixt facts and lore of the Victorian Regency period, historical fiction lovers have something here to savor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Born into certain spinsterhood by being forced to care for her mother, Queen Victoria, princess Beatrice believes she is destined to live out the rest of her Plain Jane life without love and without passion. That is, until the moment she is faced with not one, but two, suitors.
The narrative never wanes and keeps one interested at every turn of the page. At $2.99, it is a bookishly delectable value.
Posted March 4, 2014
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Posted March 4, 2014
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