THE WINTER PRINCE
April 3, 2007
Signet Eclipse, Penguin Group, Inc.
375 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014
Rating: 4 cups
Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and adopted daughter of King Charles I, is fiercely loyal to her monarchs, her husband, and her country. When England is torn apart by war, Mary’s loyalties are severely tested. She must make impossible choices between love and loyalty, and then she must live with those consequences.
Handsome warrior, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, arrives in England to assist his uncle, the King, with the British Civil War. Adored by scores of women, he is doomed to fall in love with the one he can never have.
Mary and Rupert are thrown together against this tumultuous backdrop. For the love of her country, Mary commits acts that could be viewed as treason, while remaining the Queen’s closest confidant. When Rupert enters her life, they fall madly in love with one another. Mary’s life becomes unbearable. She can find no fault with her husband and is in a constant state of guilt as well as fear for Rupert’s safety at war.
The Winter Prince is an intensely vivid novel set amidst the turbulence of civil war. The reader is swept from the royal court to private bedrooms, from secret passageways to violent battlefields. The best and worst of humanity are portrayed in the very human choices of each character. Through Sawyer’s Breathtaking imagery, Mary’s sorrows and joys became my own. In fact, I felt myself falling in love with the rogue prince and I very much wanted to dislike him. The fine attention to accuracy and detail adds to the lush surroundings that the historical reader will appreciate. This is an expertly written, superb account of love, war, and tragic romance.
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