Book Review: The Wild Princess by Mary Hart Perry

Published in 2012 by William Morrow, an imprint of HaperCollins Publishers

Pages: 417

Rating: 4/5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The Wild Princess transports us back to Victorian England and plunges us into the intrigues of the royal court, where the impetuous Louise brazenly followed no one’s rules but her own—even marrying a commoner, which no one of royal blood had done in the previous three centuries.

Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, so let me make this clear, this book is most definitely not fact. I mean it’s well researched in places, and I love what the author has done with Louise’s character, but her husband was mostly fictionally portrayed.

I couldn’t resist borrowing this one when I saw it getting returned from the library, I’m fascinated with the House of Hanover and I adore Princess Louise. I admire the fact that even though she was a royal princess, daughter of Queen Victoria, but she was definitely rebellious and was all about women’s rights. 

This book mostly focuses on Louise, but other royals are seen, including Victoria, who is portrayed in her older years as the grieving window we know her to be; but this book is definitely all about Louise.

Let’s talk about the characters:

Louise is written as a headstrong, rebellious girl, who refuses to abide by her mother. She doesn’t understand why women shouldn’t be able to work or why girls shouldn’t be able to study in the same rooms as boys. So the author drew on the times well because I felt like I was in the era as I was reading. But all the way through I loved Louise, and I definitely cannot wait to read more about her in both fiction and non.

Let’s talk about the writing:

Okay, the writing was great, atmospheric but towards the end it felt gappy. It was filled with action at the beginning and had me on the edge of my seat, but then towards the end, when the action was supposed to be happening, nothing happened; or when the action happened it was over too fast. I was expecting more, a reunion between mother and daughter, and a reunion between friends. 

In terms of romance, the writing was predictable; but it was so cute, albeit bittersweet. I also enjoyed the time jumps throughout the book, from the past to the present, and then to the future. 

Below: Louise, Duchess of Argylle:

And that concludes my review, thank you for reading, 

Til next time, happy reading,


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