The Wild Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria's Defiant Daughter

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
A Date with a Book
Lots of action, compassion, mystery, and romance. Definitely a must read for those who love a great romance.
For the Love of Film and Novels
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!
Susan Fraser King
“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!”
Cathy Maxwell
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.
Mary Jo Putney
[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.
Heather Webb
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062123466
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 653,765
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Hart Perry lives in Maryland with her two cats and husband. She teaches at the Writer's Center in Washington, D.C., and is an inspiring speaker for international and regional groups interested in the joys of writing and history and the promotion of teen and adult literacy.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

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    Princess Louise is considered the wild princess due to her tende

    Princess Louise is considered the wild princess due to her tendency to want to only do what she wants. Her mother, Queen Victoria, tries many different ways to tame her wild offspring but instead pushes her daughter further and further away. Now that Princess Louise is an adult, Queen Victoria feels it is time for her to marry and settle down. Her mother’s choice of a husband pales in comparison to the love she had with her collage boyfriend who mysteriously disappeared. The two learn to tolerate each other after discovering her husband’s alternative lifestyle (which her mother knew about) and Louise starts to wonder what happened to her first love.

    Stephen Byrne, and American who is employed under the Queen’s Secret Service, has been trying to uncover who is behind all the assassination attempts on the Queen and her family. Louise secretly asks him to investigate her lover’s disappearance. Throwing these two together adds spice and tension to the story that the reader eagerly anticipates when these two finally let down their guard and discover that they could make each other happy.

    This light romance is a fun read. You discover more about Queen Victoria and the dynamic with her family. Perry sticks close to what history says the relationship between Victoria and Louise was. Louise was often very openly critical of her mother’s never ending mourning phase which caused tension between the two. The reader discovers that Louise was just a free thinking woman ahead of her time who only wanted to find love and live her life to the fullest. Due to her social station, that just wasn’t possible for her and she acted out in many different ways in defiance to her mother. With the added mystery of assassination attempts and a missing lover, The Wild Princess leads to an entertaining read.

    (book was provided by publisher for an honest review)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    I received a copy of "The Wild Princess" from the publ

    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. =)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    The Wild Princess is an intimate, although fictional, glimpse in

    The Wild Princess is an intimate, although fictional, glimpse into the life of royalty. It occurs near the turn of the century during the Victorian era (Queen Victoria).

    The Wild Princess, Louise, is the queen’s fourth of five daughters — she’s the royal you love to love, with her heart and mind open to all. Although they weren’t born into royalty, she reminds me of the real-life Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York (“Fergie”) in that respect. All three made themselves available to lowly commoners. Louise doesn’t adhere to lines of class distinction.

    The story begins with her arranged, but doomed and loveless marriage at the young, but spinsterish age of twenty-three. It’s a seemingly perfect match with the Duke of Argyll, except that he’s a lesser noble. She soon finds out — on her wedding night for goodness sake — that Lorne’s not who he appears to be. He will never grace her bed or sire the heirs she longs for.

    It then goes back in time when she’s a mere eighteen-years-old and continues with her first, naive love where she guilelessly loses her maidenhood.

    Louise’s royal life shelters her from the real world, but she still has her own ideas of how things should be and how she wants them. She’s an art lover and artist, early promoter of women’s rights, and revolutionary in her time.

    The Princess Louise is by all rights a beautiful woman who deserves love, but will she find it? Read The Wild Princess to find out! If you’re a historical fiction reader, I’m sure you’ll adore the book as much as I did.

    (Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the eBook in exchange for my honest review.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    This book is wonderful on so many different levels. If you¿re in

    This book is wonderful on so many different levels. If you’re interested in history, there is plenty of real life people and events to keep you on your toes. The romantics will find a wonderful adventure. The thrill seekers will bond with Irish sympathizing black powder bombers. There is something for almost everyone. The story of Princess Louise is good one to begin with, a wild and defiant princess during a conventional time. Throw in Perry’s heartwarming imagination and you’ve got a story that will leave you wanting more.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

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    Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria was not your ordinar

    Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria was not your ordinary princess. Not happy with her artistic education with tutors the Princess fought with her mother to allow her to send her off to art school for a proper artistic education.

    It's at art school where the Princess learns about a whole new world, new people, lifestyles--a freedom she had never experienced before and a love that was new to her.

    The story begins on the day of Princess Louise's marriage, an arranged marriage. The bridegroom is The Duke of Argyle Lorne. He is handsome and Princess Louise believes she will be very happy, but Lorne has a secret that destroys any chance of the future the Princess wants.

    Living only a half life, Princess Louise has her mother's American secret service man, Stephen Byrn--the Raven go in search of a former male friend of her's from art school. A young man who simply disappeared. While searching for the young man, Stephen begins to see the Princess as how she once was--young, beautiful and full of life.

    While all this is going on, there is a plot by the Irish to kidnap the Queen and an even bigger threat to the Princess and her closest friend.

    I just LOVED this book! I've not read lots of historical fiction, but I have to say I'm hooked! I loved Princess Louise and I wanted more than anything for her to find happiness! I know I will be waiting to read more by Mary Hart Perry! (oh I just love the cover, too!). Highly recommend!!!!

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    I chose to read this book as I love a well written historical ro

    I chose to read this book as I love a well written historical romance. I
    loved the authors note at the end of the book where she says this is her
    story of who she thought should be the princess’ hero. Princess Louise
    was the “wild child” daughter of Queen Victoria. Although she had her
    wild moments, I really enjoyed the princess’ character. She had a good
    heart and wanted to be more than just a royal daughter. I loved how she
    convinced people to let her do things that normally women did not get to
    do. She had an influence on them that they did it without question. Of
    course, this is what got her into trouble the first time. I don’t think
    I could say I liked the Queen. Of course, she was very traditional and
    tried to keep her daughters doing what they were “supposed” to be doing.
    The Queen chose her security personnel. Enter in Stephen, the American
    to help provide security to the royal family, along with others. I at
    first found it very different that an American in his cowboy hat and
    duster was among the main characters, but I did grow to like Stephen.
    Quite mysterious and romantic. I enjoyed the story. It kept the pace
    throughout the entire book. One event or adventure would occur and then
    quickly as a reader I was involved in another one. Lots of action,
    compassion, mystery, and romance. Definitely a must read for those who
    love a great romance. I was so excited to read that this is the first
    in a series and can’t wait to read more from the author.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    I've never read any historical fiction about Victoria or her dau

    I've never read any historical fiction about Victoria or her daughters, so I had to give this book a shot, and I have to say, this is a must read. Princess Louise is a historical figure that there is much speculation about.

    Like any good work of historical fiction, it made me want to learn more about the lady in question. She she was a royal ahead of her time. She worked for women's causes and fraternized with the common folk, something that simply wasn't done. She was a royal that was totally unconventional. She attended art school and was actually an accomplished sculptor.

    But this book is more about her marriage, which most believed to be a sham, because Lorne, the Duke Of Argyll didn't particularly care for the ladies. Why they wed is a mystery. Their wedding, which was lavish by any standards would suggest a love match, so would the fact that this was the first time since the 1500s that a member of the royal family wed a commoner.

    But there's more to the book than merely a scandal surrounding her husband's sexuality. (Which at that time was illegal) Louise wants to find her first lover, a model she met in art school, who mysteriously disappeared.

    I absolutely loved this book. I was fascinated by Louise and felt bad for her childless state, but I was proud of her for doing what she wanted.

    This book paints a great picture of what Queen Victoria was like and how family life was for these royals. This is a must read for all lovers of historical fiction!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    HISTORICAL?

    This story did not ring historical at all.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    This was a fascinating look at England during the reign of Quee

    This was a fascinating look at England during the reign of Queen Victoria. I think Louise is my favorite of the children because she always seemed to do what she wanted in an era when women had little freedom. This book gives one supposition for the reason she had that extra freedom, as well as why she had no children.

    I loved the twists that developed throughout the story. The writing was excellent and the characters leapt to life in the theatre of my mind. The writing was smooth and an easy pace that held your attention and kept you with your nose in the book unaware of the passage of time.

    I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds.

    This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

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    I loved this book! The story line portrays a truly fascinating l

    I loved this book! The story line portrays a truly fascinating look into a royal household away from the public eye. Highly recommended to those who love romance.

    This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Victorian times are normally considered particularly prudish, a

    Victorian times are normally considered particularly prudish, a setback in the more relaxed morals of the Age of Enlightenment. But in The Wild Princess, Mary Hart Perry shows us the romantic, passionate side of the Victorian Era, in Princess Louise, Victoria's fourth child. Louise is headstrong and independent, both traits that were not popular in female royalty at the time. Victoria tries to tame her "wild" daughter by marrying her to the Marques of Lorne, the first time since 1515 that a royal had married a British subject. Historically there has been much speculation about Louise's marriage to Lorne and why the couple never had children. This book explores those reasons and also how Louise might have handled a potentially "loveless" marriage.
    The description in this book is so vivid and expansive I felt like I could actually see the beautiful clothes and exquisite furnishings of the time period. Perry's historical facts are all spot-on and she uses some of the innuendo and suppositions from historians of the present and writers of the time to flesh out the main characters and make them more identifiable.
    But The Wild Princess is historical fiction, and with that license, the author is able to embellish on the story with her own characters, who although not present in actual history, serve to further the story by making the real characters more approachable.
    I am in love with this book. . Mary Hart Perry is already writing the second book in the series, The Bashful Princess, about Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria's youngest child. I can't wait.
    I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    I love historical fiction and I'm a huge fan of Philippa Gregory

    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. I'm not so familiar with the history of Queen Victoria's children, but at the end of this story, I found Princess Louise to be a fascinating woman. Some of the events that occurred here are true, and of course some are fictional, but this story was well written, and the language was just perfect; the dialogue and description made me even more connected to the story, as if I was there. The story mainly occurs when Louise is newly married, in her early twenties, but there are also flashbacks, important flashbacks that help us understand her, her artistic talents, and understand the choices she made. Apart from knowing what made her the 'Wild Princess' there are also serious situations, some that lead to terrorism, and newly appointed in the Queen's Secret Service, American Stephen Byrne, is sent to go search for them, and also search something else, requested by Louise. I really enjoyed the scenes between she and Stephen. There is a lovely romance that lights up between them, but will her marriage and Mother get in the way? You're going to have to read and find out. I'm really happy that I read this novel, and cannot wait to read more from Perry. This is a novel that has mystery, romance and historical elements, and I encourage you to read this novel; it's just wonderful! :)

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    I really loved the premise of this story that Mary Hart Perry we

    I really loved the premise of this story that Mary Hart Perry weaved together about the Royal British family, primarily focused on Princess Louise Caroline Alberta of England, know as the 'Wild Princess, taking place in the mid to late 1800's... and although the characters are all based on true British historical figures, the story is purely fictional and speculative.
    The plot was carefully planned and descriptive, leaving no detail out, if flowed quickly and beautifully creating picturesque scenes and dramatic page turning moments.
    Princess Louise is fierce, stubborn and determined to not be undermined and thought of as just a 'weak woman'. She was persistent in not only being treated as an equal and forcing the Queen to allow her to attend art school on her own, but was also determined to be treated as an equal among the throngs of men that surrounded her. Princess Louise took daring attempts to fraternize with the commoners, worked for woman's causes and reached out to those less fortunate.
    Queen Victoria tries to tame her 'wild' daughter and finally brings her home to marry her off to someone who is not royal, which is something that had not happened in over 300 years, which made everyone believe that the marriage was truly made out of love and not an arranged one.
    Many family secrets are discovered and revealed in the midst of Queen Victoria's reign. The coalition with the Irish has forced the Queen to trust in an American bodyguard, Stephen Byrne, who used to guard President Lincoln... and who is now falling in love with the married Princess.
    History has always questioned why the Princess, said to have married for love, was only seen with her husband when necessary and never had children.
    The Wild Princess really painted a picture as to how the royal family lived in those days, what was expected of them and what could have happened behind those closed castle doors.
    A must read for all those who love the Victorian era and historical fiction love stories!

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