Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Wild Princess by Mary Perry

The Wild Princess:

a Novel of Queen Victoria's Daughters

by Mary Hart Perry

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had nine children;
four were girls. In this first book of the sensual
historical romance series, Princess Louise, known
as the "wild child" of the royal family, marries
amidst scandal and threats against the Crown
from Irish radicals. But when Louise discovers
love, it isn't with the man the queen arranged for
her daughter to wed.

Coming August 1, 2012 from Avon Books

About the Book:
To the court and subjects of Queen Victoria, young Princess Louise—later the Duchess of Argyll—was the “Wild One.” Proud and impetuious, 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.

My Review:

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.


  1. Thanks, Dalene, for your lovely review. I'm thrilled that you so enjoyed the story of Princess Louise's romance. Best wishes for continuing success with your blog! Mary Hart Perry

  2. It does sound good, I like a nice romance. Pretty cover too.
    Nice review!

  3. I love historicals, especially Victorian! Great review - it sounds like a really fun book.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  4. I love historical fiction and this sounds like a good one. I love the cover and am glad it swept you up in the mystery, plot and romance.