Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter and child of Queen Victoria just wanted a life to call her own. Nicknamed “Baby”, Beatrice was the constant companion to Queen Victoria after the death of her beloved Prince Albert. Queen Victoria would never allow her sweet and intelligent daughter a life of her own, leaving Beatrice longing for love and her own life. When the handsome and kind Henry of Battenburg enters her life and falls in love with her, Beatrice begins to hope she could have a life of her own, but something even more horrible than Queen Victoria’s disapproval could stand in the way of Beatrice’s happiness. In “Seducing the Princess” by Mary Hart Perry, readers enter the world of Princess Beatrice, a young woman hoping for love and a life, but caught in the middle of a dangerous game.
“Seducing the Princess” is the story of Princess Beatrice. Beatrice serves as a constant companion for her mother and is an unmarried virgin at 27 years of age. She longs for the life her siblings have of being married and living all around the world. Beatrice begins to give up hope and prepares for a life as a the spinster daughter of Queen Victoria, but her meeting family friend Henry of Battenburg at a family wedding changes everything. Henry and Beatrice fall in love at first sight and strive to be together, but Queen Victoria refuses to allow her “Baby” to leave her and be married. Separated from her beloved Henry, Beatrice falls into a dangerous trap orchestrated by her insane nephew, Wilhelm II who places a spy in the royal household to seduce Beatrice and spy on the queen. Will the naive Beatrice fall for this cunning spy or will she finally get her happy ending with Henry? This is a novel of a young woman’s quest to break free of her smothering mother, the politics and treachery of being a royal, and finding true love.
This is Perry’s second novel on one of the daughters of Queen Victoria and is a well-written and entertaining read. Beatrice is a lovely heroine. Kind, intelligent, and more spirited than many give her credit for, readers will find themselves rooting for her to break free of her suffocating and lonely life and find her happiness with Henry. The love story between Henry and Beatrice is also sweet and moving.
Perry also adds adventure and political intrigue in the story with Wilhem’s scheming against his family and the seemingly charming Scottish spy, Gregory. There is some real action and adventure in this novel.
Perry is doing a wonderful job introducing readers to the very different and fascinating daughters of Queen Victoria. Reading these novels make you feel like you’re part of Queen Victoria’s large and interesting family!
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