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This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s H.R.H. is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. In a novel where ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity win the day and forever alter her world. In blue jeans and a This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s H.R.H. is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. In a novel where ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity win the day and forever alter her world. In blue jeans and a pullover, Princess Christianna is a young woman of her times: born in Europe, educated in America, worried about the future of the world she lives in, responsible beyond her years. Christianna is the only daughter of the Reigning Prince of a European nation that takes its royalty seriously—and her father has ironclad plans for Christianna’s life, a burden that is almost unbearable. Now, after four years at Berkeley, life in her father’s palace cannot distract Christianna from what she sees outside the kingdom—the suffering of children, the ravages of terrorism and disease. Determined to make a difference in the world, she persuades His Royal Highness, her father, to let her volunteer for the Red Cross in East Africa. And for Christianna, a journey of discovery, change, and awakening begins. Under a searing East African sun, Christianna plunges into the dusty, bustling life of an international relief camp, finding a passion and a calling among the brave doctors and volunteers. Finally free from the scrutiny of her royal life, Christianna struggles to keep her identity a secret from her new friends and coworkers—even from Parker Williams, the young doctor from Doctors Without Borders who works alongside Christianna and shares her dedication to healing. But as violence approaches and invades the camp, and the pressures of her royal life beckon her home, Christianna’s struggle for freedom takes an extraordinary turn. By a simple twist of fate, in one shocking moment, Christianna’s life is changed forever—in ways she never could have foreseen. From the splendor of a prince’s palace to the chaos of war-torn nations, Danielle Steel takes us into fascinating new worlds. Filled with unforgettable images and a remarkable cast of characters, H.R.H. is a novel of the conflict between old and new worlds, responsibility versus freedom, and duty versus love.


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This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s H.R.H. is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. In a novel where ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity win the day and forever alter her world. In blue jeans and a This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s H.R.H. is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. In a novel where ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity win the day and forever alter her world. In blue jeans and a pullover, Princess Christianna is a young woman of her times: born in Europe, educated in America, worried about the future of the world she lives in, responsible beyond her years. Christianna is the only daughter of the Reigning Prince of a European nation that takes its royalty seriously—and her father has ironclad plans for Christianna’s life, a burden that is almost unbearable. Now, after four years at Berkeley, life in her father’s palace cannot distract Christianna from what she sees outside the kingdom—the suffering of children, the ravages of terrorism and disease. Determined to make a difference in the world, she persuades His Royal Highness, her father, to let her volunteer for the Red Cross in East Africa. And for Christianna, a journey of discovery, change, and awakening begins. Under a searing East African sun, Christianna plunges into the dusty, bustling life of an international relief camp, finding a passion and a calling among the brave doctors and volunteers. Finally free from the scrutiny of her royal life, Christianna struggles to keep her identity a secret from her new friends and coworkers—even from Parker Williams, the young doctor from Doctors Without Borders who works alongside Christianna and shares her dedication to healing. But as violence approaches and invades the camp, and the pressures of her royal life beckon her home, Christianna’s struggle for freedom takes an extraordinary turn. By a simple twist of fate, in one shocking moment, Christianna’s life is changed forever—in ways she never could have foreseen. From the splendor of a prince’s palace to the chaos of war-torn nations, Danielle Steel takes us into fascinating new worlds. Filled with unforgettable images and a remarkable cast of characters, H.R.H. is a novel of the conflict between old and new worlds, responsibility versus freedom, and duty versus love.

30 review for H.R.H. (Limited Edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cosette

    A lot of this book seemed to repeat itself which I find somewhat annoying. The story itself was nice but was hoping for less repetative wording.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Horrible, horrible, horrible. This is one of my guilty reads, so I shouldn't have expected much I guess. But wowww, bad book. Let me say that I like story lines that aren't particularly genius. I like standard formula books usually to some degree. This was just bad though. Horrible deus ex machina to resolve the conflict. Very repetitive. And the phrase "SHOW don't tell" came to mind when reading this book. I can't tell you how many times it said something along the lines of "She was such a good Horrible, horrible, horrible. This is one of my guilty reads, so I shouldn't have expected much I guess. But wowww, bad book. Let me say that I like story lines that aren't particularly genius. I like standard formula books usually to some degree. This was just bad though. Horrible deus ex machina to resolve the conflict. Very repetitive. And the phrase "SHOW don't tell" came to mind when reading this book. I can't tell you how many times it said something along the lines of "She was such a good girl, and she always did her duties." Ugh! Many times in my head, I was like "we KNOW that already!! Get on with it!" The only bright spot was that I did like and identify with the main character to some extent, but other than that, not much redeeming value here. I read one Danielle Steele book about 8 years ago, and I don't remember it being this bad. I wonder if I just had not developed any critical reading skills by then :) But this one makes me question if I will ever pick up another by her. Her style of books doesn't exactly appeal to me in general, but I like to read things by really popular authors just to see what all the fuss is about. I did this with Harry Potter, and I ended up LOVING it, especially after I got through the first few books. So sometimes it's worth it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I really enjoyed this Danielle Steel novel a lot. I was drawn in within a few chapters and then I kept getting annoyed that the holiday is a time in which husbands and family members think it is perfectly fine to keep interrupting people with books clearly in their hands. So took longer than usual to finish. However, once I could read I hated having to put it down because I was so into Christianna and Parker’s journey. There is a blend of love, tragedy, and drama that draws readers in quickly… I really enjoyed this Danielle Steel novel a lot. I was drawn in within a few chapters and then I kept getting annoyed that the holiday is a time in which husbands and family members think it is perfectly fine to keep interrupting people with books clearly in their hands. So took longer than usual to finish. However, once I could read I hated having to put it down because I was so into Christianna and Parker’s journey. There is a blend of love, tragedy, and drama that draws readers in quickly…plus that whole royal aspect that many of us readers indulge in (probably a little too much lol). Really enjoyed this one!

  4. 4 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    Oh boy. This book was bad. I picked it up from the top of a trash can in a bus station. I was in a desperate situation. I had almost 24 hours more on the bus and nothing left to read. I didn't have high hopes for this book, but I really, really, really needed something to help me pass the time. I'm not a big Danielle Steel fan, but I had to read something, so I was glad to find a free book. The plot is weak. A sad, noble, unspoiled little rich girl princess (literally) can't have the life of Oh boy. This book was bad. I picked it up from the top of a trash can in a bus station. I was in a desperate situation. I had almost 24 hours more on the bus and nothing left to read. I didn't have high hopes for this book, but I really, really, really needed something to help me pass the time. I'm not a big Danielle Steel fan, but I had to read something, so I was glad to find a free book. The plot is weak. A sad, noble, unspoiled little rich girl princess (literally) can't have the life of freedom she wants, but is allowed to volunteer in Africa with the Red Cross for a few months. In Africa, she meets a commoner she is not allowed to marry. In the last twenty (or less) pages of the book, tragedy strikes, allowing her to live happily ever after. The writing is weak too. Ms. Steel must have been getting paid by the word, because there is a lot of repetition, many examples of the reader getting the same information in an only slightly different way. May I give examples of two of the worst sentences I have ever read? "The drinks were made by an African company, and tasted sickly sweet, but they drank them anyway, as it was hot and they were thirsty, although it was winter in East Africa, but the weather was warm." I figure that sentence really consists of three sentences strung together with commas. Has this Steel woman never heard of a run-on sentence? Any of my high school English teachers would have failed a student for writing a sentence like that! The last clause, "although it was winter in East Africa, but the weather was warm" is so awkward that I cringe whenever I read it. Here's my final example: "Or how hard they worked, they all did, and he had, too." All I can say to that sentence (?) is WOW. I am amazed that someone actually paid money for this mindless piece of poorly written fluff. I'm grateful I found this book when I needed it, but I feel sorry for the person wasted her/his money on it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I picked this up at the drugstore over my lunchbreak one day. It had been a long time since I'd picked up a Danielle Steel, and I figured I wouldn't lose myself in the book and be late getting back to work. I wasn't disappointed! I guess if the formula works, why change it? Beautiful, privileged (and this time, royal!) woman is oh so down about her life. It's so HAAAAAAAAARD being a princess! Since she has such lofty, noble ideas about helping the world, she embarks on a journey where she finds I picked this up at the drugstore over my lunchbreak one day. It had been a long time since I'd picked up a Danielle Steel, and I figured I wouldn't lose myself in the book and be late getting back to work. I wasn't disappointed! I guess if the formula works, why change it? Beautiful, privileged (and this time, royal!) woman is oh so down about her life. It's so HAAAAAAAAARD being a princess! Since she has such lofty, noble ideas about helping the world, she embarks on a journey where she finds friendship, freedom, and of course, love. The relationship can't last of course, so she pines and sighs and cries. Then, tragedy strikes, and somehow, she is reunited with her Prince Charming! The end! (Not really any spoilers if you've ever read Danielle Steel.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I grew up on Danielle Steel novels. She's an amazing writer when she wants to be. H.R.H. is not a good example of her talent. It reads like a junior high school newspaper; the facts are told to the reader, cut and dry. It is also very elementary in form as it's extraordinarily repetitive. Perhaps Ms. Steel was on a deadline and the book was rushed to publication. Sadly, I don't understand why the editors let it get so far without taking a red-pen-hacksaw to it; it severely needed one. The story I grew up on Danielle Steel novels. She's an amazing writer when she wants to be. H.R.H. is not a good example of her talent. It reads like a junior high school newspaper; the facts are told to the reader, cut and dry. It is also very elementary in form as it's extraordinarily repetitive. Perhaps Ms. Steel was on a deadline and the book was rushed to publication. Sadly, I don't understand why the editors let it get so far without taking a red-pen-hacksaw to it; it severely needed one. The story is very slow to start...about 200 pages slow. This is about how long it takes for any forward motion in plot to occur. Ms. Steel picks a few details and harps on them for pages to no end. The story reads as though the author did some research on a couple of topics and learned a few facts. Then, to fill the her word count quota, she repeatedly restated those few learned facts. As for the characters, they were extremely flat. One or two key characteristics were pointed out about a character upon introduction; then Ms. Steel assumed the reader is forgetful, for those traits are pointed out every time a character makes an appearance. There is absolutely no development from any of the players. The heroine is meek and has no voice; the hero is around for about 80 pages collectively and isn't given a chance for his personality to show - let alone grow. Only the minor characters show mild amounts of flair but strictly in comparison to the main characters. This is not a Danielle Steel book meant to be read by her fans or by people looking to be fans.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Hiester

    This book was redundant and boring through and through and 1-star is even too highly rated. The female lead comes off as completely unfeeling and self-centered as she bewails repeatedly "for the first time in my life... I just want ect…..", and yet she had ample freedoms and even spent 4 years away at college in Berkley. She manipulates her father, weeps, whimpers and pouts when she doesn't get her way, and in general is the most single dimensional character I've encountered in any book. Steele This book was redundant and boring through and through and 1-star is even too highly rated. The female lead comes off as completely unfeeling and self-centered as she bewails repeatedly "for the first time in my life... I just want ect…..", and yet she had ample freedoms and even spent 4 years away at college in Berkley. She manipulates her father, weeps, whimpers and pouts when she doesn't get her way, and in general is the most single dimensional character I've encountered in any book. Steele is off her game here, and the unvarying repeating of chief plot points leaves me to question if she simply copy and pasted to fill in enough pages for her publisher. Incoherent, superficial, and completely unremarkable. 1 Star

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Atkins

    I read "Malice" by Danielle Steel years ago and it was good. I haven't picked up one of her books since. My mother is obsessed with her....maybe that is why I have avoided her books. Maybe it is because she is one of the most famous romantic authors out there and EVERYONE reads her books. I don't know, but I am really glad I picked up this book. This was one of the most dramatic books I have ever read. I cried for the losses that Christianna continued to experience. I felt her love and I read "Malice" by Danielle Steel years ago and it was good. I haven't picked up one of her books since. My mother is obsessed with her....maybe that is why I have avoided her books. Maybe it is because she is one of the most famous romantic authors out there and EVERYONE reads her books. I don't know, but I am really glad I picked up this book. This was one of the most dramatic books I have ever read. I cried for the losses that Christianna continued to experience. I felt her love and compassion for those less fortunate. I longed for her relationship with Parker to be realized in a real way. When a book can make you travel through every known emotion and upon completion clasp that book to your chest wishing for one more page.....that's when you know it was a great book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I think I may have read other Danielle Steel books, I can't remember. One thing I really loved about this book (and I hope all of her books are this way) was there was no detailed sex scenes. We got the point that they made love and that was the end of that. I loved it. I can't stand reading books that are so descriptive in the bedroom. We...well, I don't need to know every detail to get the idea that it was special. Because of this, I plan on reading other books by this author. I loved the I think I may have read other Danielle Steel books, I can't remember. One thing I really loved about this book (and I hope all of her books are this way) was there was no detailed sex scenes. We got the point that they made love and that was the end of that. I loved it. I can't stand reading books that are so descriptive in the bedroom. We...well, I don't need to know every detail to get the idea that it was special. Because of this, I plan on reading other books by this author. I loved the characters. It really made you hate nobility and the duties that come with a royal birth. I can say that I have never been envious of royals and after reading this book I'm even less envious. A few things that bothered me about the book was it was sort of a horrible way to wrap up the book. I guess it was the only way to make everything work, but it all seemed unanswered. You know the why, but you don't know the who and there was no retaliation. It seemed like an unthought out resolution. I would have preferred a different resolution, something a bit more realistic. Another thing that bothered me, I listened to this book on Over drive. There were multiple times sentences were rephrased and said more or less the same thing. While listening I kept thinking the app was malfunctioning and going back. After reading other reviews this was actually something that bothered others. I think the author and editors need to remove the rephrasing, it's unnecessary and actually pretty confusing. Despite these little things, I really enjoyed the story. What's not to love about a clean romance?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    All Danielle Steel books are horrendous! You probably wonder why I even have three on here. They are great for the gym because I don't have to pay that much attention. Every book is the same. Once you have read one, you know the formula. Danielle has a very limited vocabulary and loves to repeat her favorite words. It is kind of fun to here them over and over in each book. :-) If you decide to read one, this is the best of the three. It is a 1.2!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    So, I have to be honest and say that I did enjoy this book but I had some problems with this one. We follow the main character, Princess Christianna, who although she cannot inhert the throne of the country that she lives in, she has to abide by the rules of the country and of her father, who is the current 'owner of throne'. Christianna is more happier being a 'normal person' rather than putting on a ball gown and dealing with her obligations as a Princess. She has had her moments of freedom, So, I have to be honest and say that I did enjoy this book but I had some problems with this one. We follow the main character, Princess Christianna, who although she cannot inhert the throne of the country that she lives in, she has to abide by the rules of the country and of her father, who is the current 'owner of throne'. Christianna is more happier being a 'normal person' rather than putting on a ball gown and dealing with her obligations as a Princess. She has had her moments of freedom, including attending University abroad. Despite reservations, her father agrees that she can have 6 months to 1 year assisting with the Red Cross at an international relief camp. This is where she meets Dr Parker Williams and the story goes from there. Although this was a fun read and I really enjoyed the romance part of the story I just felt that the main character, Christianna, was not at all as strong as she is portrayed to me. Maybe that was the point but she was strong enough to insist in her freedom, many times, but not strong enough to make the right choice between the man that she loves and her obligations (even though her obligations do not include taking up the crown in her home country). For more reviews, please check out the link below: Debra's Book Cafe Debs :-)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amya

    I really loved this book! Christianna is trapped in a world of royalty. But gets bored with it after years of cutting ribbons and kissing babies. Cricky finally convinces her father to let her volunteer for the red cross in Africa. Where she makes new friends and falls head over heels in love with an American Doctor.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Quirky Omega

    I had bought this book during a train ride. In the absence of books whose blurb were interesting enough, I chose to buy this. Boy what a mistake I made. I really think I should've foregone my love for romances and bought something else and spared myself the disappointment. The first five chapters are very repetitive in their content. The girl keeps complaining about her life as a princess. It feels as if the author went on a repetition mode in her mind and just kept on repeating the same ideas on I had bought this book during a train ride. In the absence of books whose blurb were interesting enough, I chose to buy this. Boy what a mistake I made. I really think I should've foregone my love for romances and bought something else and spared myself the disappointment. The first five chapters are very repetitive in their content. The girl keeps complaining about her life as a princess. It feels as if the author went on a repetition mode in her mind and just kept on repeating the same ideas on paper. The author also fails to impress me with her research. Apart from differentiating between a serene highness and a royal highness, very little research was done for this book. Any kid could have found the same amount of information on Wikipedia, in one single day. The romance failed to impress me. The heroine seemed to be perfect and that annoyed me. Nobody had any complaints with her and I don't find it healthy. The guy seemed just okay. The romance really fizzled. Nobody could be more sorry about it than me. The ending too, seemed a little too neatly done. All in all, I do not recommend the book. I am sure there are other books by Danielle Steel that are worth the time we spend reading them. This one was just not one of them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vulpecula Borealis

    I've read a few Danielle Steele books and know what to expect. Writing to a formula that works for her - mass producing manuscripts for the conveyor belt that is the publishing industry where the emphasis is on quantity, not quality. A little harsh maybe, but you know what I mean. Ms Steele is very successful at what she does, and you can't knock that! I do wish she would stop repeating herself though - she does have a tendency to say the same thing thirty times in only a slightly different way. I've read a few Danielle Steele books and know what to expect. Writing to a formula that works for her - mass producing manuscripts for the conveyor belt that is the publishing industry where the emphasis is on quantity, not quality. A little harsh maybe, but you know what I mean. Ms Steele is very successful at what she does, and you can't knock that! I do wish she would stop repeating herself though - she does have a tendency to say the same thing thirty times in only a slightly different way. See what I did there? This book had a charm to it for me (more so than many of her books), and was a great diversion to some heavier reading. Escapism ripping off some ideas from Prince William's gap year experiences. A royal who wants to be normal, even if just for a while. Hard to feel too sorry for her but... It is what it is, a cheap romantic read, without pretending to be anything better than disposable once read - and I enjoyed it. A very guilty pleasure. But if it is high brow or any other quality literature you are after, look elsewhere.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    This may just be the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. My only defense is that I was travelling and it was the only book in the book swap that wasn't in Finnish... I've blocked specifics from my mind but I remember it being riddled with basic grammatical mistakes, full of run on sentences that used the same adjectives 498764 times and generally a terrible eye-roll-y story line. And just when I thought it couldn't get any worse...(view spoiler)[ the Princess was all sad because she This may just be the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. My only defense is that I was travelling and it was the only book in the book swap that wasn't in Finnish... I've blocked specifics from my mind but I remember it being riddled with basic grammatical mistakes, full of run on sentences that used the same adjectives 498764 times and generally a terrible eye-roll-y story line. And just when I thought it couldn't get any worse...(view spoiler)[ the Princess was all sad because she couldn't marry her doctor so what does Danielle Steel do? She kills off the Princess's entire family so the princess can become Queen and marry her sycophantic Prince Charming. Is the Princess sad? Nah... Screw her family, they're not important. Apparently. (hide spoiler)] I think I might just have been better learning some Finnish.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I have to agree with the other reviews for this one. I was disappointed with the book. When listening to a summary of the book, it sounds like it has promise. A modern day princess wants to contribute something meaningful to the world and not just the duties her father expects of her. She wants to do something more than just cut ribbons at openings and participate in state dinners. She gets an opportunity to really give back and be a normal citizen. However, Danielle Steel repeats herself I have to agree with the other reviews for this one. I was disappointed with the book. When listening to a summary of the book, it sounds like it has promise. A modern day princess wants to contribute something meaningful to the world and not just the duties her father expects of her. She wants to do something more than just cut ribbons at openings and participate in state dinners. She gets an opportunity to really give back and be a normal citizen. However, Danielle Steel repeats herself throughout the book which becomes somewhat distracting and annoying. And the resolution to Christianna's struggle is somewhat disappointing. It was almost as if Danielle Steel took an easy way out to end the book. I have to admit I was very disappointed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Richelle

    I would give this 3.5 stars. It was my first Danielle Steel book, and I still do not know what to think. The storyline was great and really interesting. With Christianna who is a princess travels to Africa to help with the Red Cross she finds herself and befriends the people there. She then returns home to a life of duty until tragedy strikes and her duty has intensified. Make sure to grab a box of Kleenex before you sit down to read it! On a side note I spent the whole book looking for why the I would give this 3.5 stars. It was my first Danielle Steel book, and I still do not know what to think. The storyline was great and really interesting. With Christianna who is a princess travels to Africa to help with the Red Cross she finds herself and befriends the people there. She then returns home to a life of duty until tragedy strikes and her duty has intensified. Make sure to grab a box of Kleenex before you sit down to read it! On a side note I spent the whole book looking for why the book is titled H.R.H, and all I could come up with was Her Royal Highness but I don't think that's correct.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I picked this book up on my way out of the library, and let me say that I am glad it was a borrowed book and not a purchased one! It was the most repetitive book I've ever read! I haven't read many Danielle Steel novels, but I thought they were better than this one. I just got so tired of reading the same 5 or 6 sentences over and over. I finished the book because I always finish what I start :) but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    H.R.H. stands for Her Royal Highness. This is a lovely story about a young woman, Princess Christianna, from Vaduz, Liechtenstein, who just wants to have a normal life. I really like this book. It is a story of a princess who wants to do more with her life and help people. She struggles with doing the right things and what she wants to do. She is very responsible and always maked the noble choice. There is a little romance involved. I appreciate that it is not over graphic.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Danielle Steel has written better stories. Please don't judge her writing on this "one" book. "The Apartment," "The Award" were two very good books, and there were other good books she had written, many many books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carmel

    I was extremely disappointed in the writting style. This story was so full of unneeded description that it was hard to read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I don't know why I started this book. I do not like Danielle Steel's writing. She repeats herself. Her story lines are "out there."

  23. 5 out of 5

    Earlynn

    I have been trying to read this book for six months and I am only on page 46. Those of you who know how fast I read can tell from that number that this book just doesn't hold my interest.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    This book is so bad that I literally joined Goodreads just so I could vent about it. I've read Steel off and on for many years but after a very long break while I was in grad school, I decided to read all of her books in the interest of starting what I'd finished. (Was that right?) Maybe I've just got too much education now to be able to enjoy her or maybe she's just a TERRIBLE writer. This book is so awful that it was downright painful to finish and insulting to the reader. Is she repetitive? This book is so bad that I literally joined Goodreads just so I could vent about it. I've read Steel off and on for many years but after a very long break while I was in grad school, I decided to read all of her books in the interest of starting what I'd finished. (Was that right?) Maybe I've just got too much education now to be able to enjoy her or maybe she's just a TERRIBLE writer. This book is so awful that it was downright painful to finish and insulting to the reader. Is she repetitive? Yes. Does she describe the same things over and over? yes. But it goes beyond that because she takes liberties with the truth for no reason. Why she chose to make this girl a princess from Liechtenstein, I'll never know. That country has a royal family and these people aren't it. But OK I could accept that if she didn't also just lie about the way things work there. There's NOTHING in the Constitution of Liechtenstein that dictates who an heir of the Prince must marry. I checked. This book MADE me read the Constitution of Liechtenstein because the drivel Steel was writing was so implausible, I had to be sure. I even emailed her publisher with examples of all the errors and asked them if she even still used an editor or was she so successful that they didn't bother? Got an autoreply with promise of followup but received nothing more. And now for a few choice examples of how bad the writing really was. I made notes because it made me so mad. First: The constant reassurances that our totally selfless and unspoiled princess wanted to be just like everyone else. She goes "undercover" to volunteer in Africa and is adamant that all references to her royal status be removed. She shows up in jeans and no jewelry...ohoh except her royal signet ring identifying her as a member of the royal family. WHY???? Then there are all the occasions she is moved to tears (at least once a page) and laments at living in prison also known as the palace. She hates all things royal yet spends lots of time explaining the difference between a serene highness and a royal highness to her American boyfriend who of course hangs on her every word. But of course who wouldn't love an elfin blond who is teeny tiny but with the curves of a woman? Yes she's no bigger than an child but is majorly stacked though. Makes logical sense. Then we get all the little things like this saintly princess not speaking a word of the African language spoken in the village, having no medical training, and no experience with AIDS patients and yet they keep saying she is invaluable and has a gift. A gift for what? Sobbing every five minutes and babbling in German to sick African villagers who according to our author smile and laugh at everything despite oozing lesions and outbreaks of the plague? This princess keeps talking about how she's never been happier while the diseases get worse and behaves as though her rewarding a sick child with a smile is more important than a doctor administering medicine. (Christianna worked harder than anyone in the camp) Are you really this deluded, Steel? Nobody cares if she's there. They're just indulging the poor little restless twit. Of course we are treated to constant repeats of the same descriptions of the same idea over and over. I understand that DS has an assistant who does "extensive research" for her which amounts to a few new factoids about a place or occupation that are restated approximately 975 times per book. This means that you could read a chapter a year and never be lost. It's great for readers with short term memory loss! Some have said they think Steel does this to fulfil page number requirements. Take it from someone who has read most of her books. Even the books that are more novella than novel (200 pages or so), she's just as repetitive if not more so. She's just working with one new idea instead of three or four. Also you can expect at least one of the characters in every book to find some excuse to travel or move to Paris or San Francisco (DS lives in both cities) and there's usually a quick jaunt to London or New York thrown in for good measure. She happily lists the same restaurants and hot spots with little detail about what happens there. So you'll be eating dinner at Le Cirque, dancing at Annabels or Harrys Bar, shopping at I. Magnin and maybe grabbing lunch at L'Avenue (Avid readers will get a kick out of this.) Never mind that a lot of the hot places she mentions went out of fashion in the 80s. But she's easily 95 years old by now so give her a break. I'm making myself sick with this reminder of all the time I'm wasting on these books but I'm still determined to see it through and finish what I started so I'm sure I'll be back when the next book so infuriates me that I've gotta let off steam typing an online review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    What a selfish spoiled rotten little brat! She complains constantly about how terrible her life as a princess is. Compares it to a prison. I'm sure there are so many people in the world who would trade places with her in a second. Even after seeing how terrible some people live, she still thinks her life is horrendous. I understand feeling like you have no choice in your life choices, but this is over the top. I got so sick of "for the first time in my life I want to be normal" and "after this I What a selfish spoiled rotten little brat! She complains constantly about how terrible her life as a princess is. Compares it to a prison. I'm sure there are so many people in the world who would trade places with her in a second. Even after seeing how terrible some people live, she still thinks her life is horrendous. I understand feeling like you have no choice in your life choices, but this is over the top. I got so sick of "for the first time in my life I want to be normal" and "after this I will settle into this life." This was after having 4 years of college in America, where nobody knew she was a princess, volunteering for the Red Cross, again nobody knew who she was, and then after 9 months in Africa. If that wasn't enough, the constant repetition of Danielle Steel writing was enough to make me want to hit my head on a wall. The only reason I finished this book was because I had nothing else to read, and then I got too far and wanted to be able to at least get a book on my Goodreads challenge. Not sure it was worth it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen Corvan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hadn't read a Danielle Steel novel in probably 20 + years, but decided to read this one when I saw it on display at the library. As stated in other reviews, it was redundant and could have been 50 pages shorter, or more. Besides the repetition the ending felt a bit forced. There is no real explanation for the bomb, only a statement that no one claimed responsibility for it. Wouldn't there have been more concern that the bomb had been placed on palace territory and property? Doesn't that limit I hadn't read a Danielle Steel novel in probably 20 + years, but decided to read this one when I saw it on display at the library. As stated in other reviews, it was redundant and could have been 50 pages shorter, or more. Besides the repetition the ending felt a bit forced. There is no real explanation for the bomb, only a statement that no one claimed responsibility for it. Wouldn't there have been more concern that the bomb had been placed on palace territory and property? Doesn't that limit who would have had access to the grounds? Also, it stated that her brother had had quite a bit to drink at dinner. Would her father have gotten into the car with him? It might have been more plausible if Freddy had lost control and slammed into a mountain or tree. The end just seemed hurried and incomplete in exploring what happened to her brother and father and how everyone seemed okay changing tradition so quickly.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marty

    This is a modern fairy tale. …. Princess from Liechtenstein was allowed to attend The University of Calif. at Berkeley where she earned her degree. While there, she lived as plain “Cricky” instead of Her Serene Highness Princess Christianna. (She did have two security guards watching her though.) Now her father expects her to take up her responsibilities at home even though as a female she can never rule the country. Her elder brother lives the life of a spoiled rich royal knowing that his This is a modern fairy tale. …. Princess from Liechtenstein was allowed to attend The University of Calif. at Berkeley where she earned her degree. While there, she lived as plain “Cricky” instead of Her Serene Highness Princess Christianna. (She did have two security guards watching her though.) Now her father expects her to take up her responsibilities at home even though as a female she can never rule the country. Her elder brother lives the life of a spoiled rich royal knowing that his father will rule for a long time to come. Cricky does get permission for one last 6 months as a private person while she works at an aids station in Eritrea, Africa. While there, she meets an American doctor doing an AIDS research project through Harvard University. They fall madly in love, but does her royal duty blot out love?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Holmberg

    I read a few Danielle Steel books many years ago and now I remember why I haven't read more. This book was AWFUL!!! The writing was poor and extremely repetitive. The entire book could have been three chapters. If she said once, than she said a million times, that she had to "Do her duty." or "Follow what my father says." What a weak lead character and the supporting characters were not much better. I grabbed this book as I was in a hurry to start a trip and wanted something to listen to on the I read a few Danielle Steel books many years ago and now I remember why I haven't read more. This book was AWFUL!!! The writing was poor and extremely repetitive. The entire book could have been three chapters. If she said once, than she said a million times, that she had to "Do her duty." or "Follow what my father says." What a weak lead character and the supporting characters were not much better. I grabbed this book as I was in a hurry to start a trip and wanted something to listen to on the way. I think I would have been better off listening to silence. If I wasn't compelled to finish a book once I start it I would have stopped half way through. It did not get any better the second half. I won't be picking up a Danielle Steel book again any time in the near future.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Myra Rodriguez

    GREAT STORY!!! I am crying tears of joy as I am writing this. So very glad I didn't give up on this book because it was so very good and a true fairy tale. The first 50 -75 pages of this book was very difficult because it kept on harping about the difficulty, drudgery, and monotonous responsibilities of her station that often depressed her. But this was necessary in order for me to truely understand the impossibility of her being able to get out from under this cloak of responsibility and GREAT STORY!!! I am crying tears of joy as I am writing this. So very glad I didn't give up on this book because it was so very good and a true fairy tale. The first 50 -75 pages of this book was very difficult because it kept on harping about the difficulty, drudgery, and monotonous responsibilities of her station that often depressed her. But this was necessary in order for me to truely understand the impossibility of her being able to get out from under this cloak of responsibility and emposed oppression. Although she lived a "fairy tale" lifestyle, Christianna faced many, many hardships and she was able to shine through each one. All with the help of her new found family and closest confidants - two body guards, her secretary, and most importantly Parker.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Siska-Coda

    I actually thought that the plot had some promise but the author did not do a very good job. The conflict of the main charakter is repeated over and over again and her character has absolutely no progress. She does not grow from the situation and I would think when you see the really poor people, you not only learn from them, but also for yourself. You learn for life. This character learns absolutely nothing. In the end the author does not even solve the conflict. In the end the author takes the I actually thought that the plot had some promise but the author did not do a very good job. The conflict of the main charakter is repeated over and over again and her character has absolutely no progress. She does not grow from the situation and I would think when you see the really poor people, you not only learn from them, but also for yourself. You learn for life. This character learns absolutely nothing. In the end the author does not even solve the conflict. In the end the author takes the easy way out, something everyone could have written. I would have wished for more character growth and a conflict solution which does not include what the author did to reach her goal.

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