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Mary Hart Perry's acclaimed series of romantic Victorian thrillers continues with Seducing the Princess, inspired by the life of Queen Victoria's youngest daughter, Beatrice. Painfully shy and lonely, convinced she is unattractive and unloved, the dutiful Princess Beatrice finally accepts that she will never marry and vows to devote herself to the queen in Victoria's waning years. In fact, her mother has secretly discouraged suitors for Beatrice's hand. Just when she has all but given up on love and happiness, ...
Mary Hart Perry's acclaimed series of romantic Victorian thrillers continues with Seducing the Princess, inspired by the life of Queen Victoria's youngest daughter, Beatrice. Painfully shy and lonely, convinced she is unattractive and unloved, the dutiful Princess Beatrice finally accepts that she will never marry and vows to devote herself to the queen in Victoria's waning years. In fact, her mother has secretly discouraged suitors for Beatrice's hand. Just when she has all but given up on love and happiness, she meets Henry Battenberg, a dashing nobleman from the Continent who matches wits with the aging Victoria and risks his life and liberty to woo Bea.
But Henry isn't the only man interested in being welcomed into Beatrice's bed. The timid princess has become the target of a cruel plot hatched by her nephew, the madman destined to become the last Emperor of Germany. Wilhelm II sends a ruthless agent, a charming Scot, to seduce the naive princess and spy on the queen. How can the sheltered princess hope to fend off a man capable of murder, and perhaps worse, to get what he wants? But Beatrice is not without her own allies--her older sister Louise and Louise's American soldier-of-fortune and lover, Stephen Byrne. Will Beatrice discover which of the two men pursuing her she can trust, before it's too late? Drama, romance and peril chase the royal family from Buckingham Palace to a storm besieged castle on the Isle of Wight.
Posted March 31, 2013
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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Posted July 7, 2014
Posted April 21, 2014
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.
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 June 9, 2013
The author has a way of writing a romance story intertwined with history. After reading The Wild Princess, I was excited to read another book by Mary Hart Perry. This love story is about Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, Beatrice. Beatrice has fought off age and found herself with a line of men vying for her hand. Not sure if she wants to be in the mystery herself, she has no choice.
I enjoy how the author is able to weave such mystery and deceit among a society we feel is void of all these types of things. Making “princesses” real people to the reader and cheering for their happiness. I find myself getting wrapped up in the story and really visualizing all that she is describing.
I recommend this book, and her prior book Wild Princess, to all romance readers, especially Historical Romance. And if you are a reader who enjoys historical stories, this has just enough mystery and adventure to connect you with the romance.
Posted April 12, 2013
I read The Wild Princess last year and loved it. I felt pretty much the same for Seducing The Princess. It is easy to love Queen Victoria's dysfunctional family. It is also easy to dislike the Queen, not because she's such a terrible women, but because she really feels that her way is the only way, and she wants to protect her children.
Beatrice aka Baby is her youngest and she's the daughter that seems to be most like to stay unwed at her mother's side.
You couldn't help but feel sorry for her, as all of her other siblings have grown to have lives of their own and relationships be they good or bad. And when she does find love her mother forbids her from seeing him.
What I love about these books are how well researched they are. When I read any historical novel, I find myself googling things and in the case of these books, I find a lot of accuracy when it comes to the lives of Victoria and her royal children. I'm surprised there isn't more historical fiction about Victoria and her children are really intriguing people and Mary Hart Perry really brings them to life for her readers. I loved Louise in the first book, and I still loved her in this one. She's spunky and full of life which seems like a total contrast to Beatrice.
It was nice to see how the author imagined Beatrice falling in love with Henry and when you realize what this princess must have dealt with to be able to finally walk down the aisle, you're so happy for her, even if she must stay in England with her mother.
I love how she weaved the fictional part of the story in, and how well it fit with the times. Go on, google her Grandchild Wilheim.
The added villainy of Victoria's grandchild and the plot he hatches really make this a great read. I can't wait to read Crown Princess Vicky's story
Posted April 9, 2013
If I thought "The Wild Princess" was good, I have to admit "Seducing the Princess" is even better! Mary does it again with her wonderful writing that just captured the life into her well developed, believable characters and beautifully descriptive scenes. A total must read and highly recommended for all romance lovers.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Posted April 7, 2013
Perry captivates this era perfectly. She didn’t miss a single piece of information. This goes right down to the fact that the American character was wearing a Stetson about 20 years after the company was founded. Relationships and individuals were also developed based on the era in which the novel took place. It really added to the realism of the novel.
I commend Perry on the fact that she managed to write a thrilling romance novel without any R rated scenes. It was the storyline, not the lack of clothing that had me enthralled. It was a very nice change of pace and it kept me utterly captivated throughout. On top of that, this novel was very well written and the storyline was intricately put together. The descriptions and scenes that Perry creates subtly highlight certain elements that will become important further into the story. She doesn’t simply write her story, but paints a canvas for her characters to walk and dance across.
The characters in this novel are fully developed. Their development is never one sided. It is physical, historical, emotional, and personal. They are so developed that you can feel what they are feeling and can understand where their actions are coming from, even if you wouldn’t have followed the same route yourself. You find your heart going out to the main characters and hoping against hope that all will be well.
As a whole, this was a brilliant read. It is one of those novels that you finish reading and then somehow realize that it’s gotten dark out and that you should have gone to bed hours ago.
Please note that I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted March 27, 2013
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.
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 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.
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 facts and lore of the Victorian Regency period, historical fiction lovers have something here to savor.
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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