The Wild Princess by Mary Hart Perry
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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 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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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.
English: HRH The Princess Louise (Louise Caroline Alberta; Marchioness of Lorne and Duchess of Argyll by marriage; 18 March 1848 – 3 December 1939) was a member of the British Royal Family, the sixth child and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She was married to John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll. — Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll – Wikimedia Commons
“In The Wild Princess, Mary Hart Perry spins 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, The Wild Princess is the life Louise could have — should have — had. Mary Hart Perry has created a masterly historical novel.” — Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of No Longer a Gentleman, and Dark Destiny as M. J. Putney
“Romantic, exciting, historically accurate and deliciously imaginative, Mary Hart Perry’s The Wild Princess is a lush and entertaining read that truly delivers. Perry creates a fascinating portrait of Princess Louise — artist, wild child and modern thinker caught in the confines of her mother’s strict court — and immerses the reader in a vivid Victorian setting. I devoured the book and I’m eager to read more about Victoria’s daring daughters!” — Susan Fraser King, author of Lady Macbeth and Queen Hereafter
“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 brilliantly brings to life.” — Cathy Maxwell, NY Times bestselling author of Lyon’s Bride
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.
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