by Sandra Scholes, guest reviewer

Rebecca Dean in true Philippa Gregory style tells the story of a young prince Edward VIII living a strict early life due to his father the then ruler, King George V, and the young Edward wanted a more interesting life for himself. His life turns around for th4e better when he meets the infamously stunning Houghton sisters, one of which, Lily becomes his favourite; courting her at all the special events they throw. He falls in love with her and discovers for once he feels he is starting to live a little as he had hoped.

His father does not like what his son is becoming though, and young Edward hates the fact he cannot chose her as his wife, as soon he might become king if a series of events happen due to the start of World War 1.

David, Lily's grandfather mentions a word for what Edward is; Weltschmerz, the sadness of comparing with the state of life with the ideal state at which it should be as Edward is in effect living in a prison as a prince, both as a heir to a grand throne in a confined place, plus his father's dislike of his choice of woman, and his actually having a life for himself with her. Lily can't truly understand what he is going through as hers is a life with no responsibilities, and even though she can lighten his mood when she is around him, ultimately, his father can control what he does, and who he sees.

In The Golden Prince, Lily Houghton is the only woman who can save him from a dull life within the palace obeying his father's every command. With her around he is his own man around his own circle of friends, without constraints. It is a period piece that is interesting only in the use of historical facts within the story rather than the romance angle itself.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: The Golden Prince

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1 Carol L February 19, 2011 at 4:01 AM

I am looking forward to reading this book. What a lonely and frustrating life for him. Thanks for the review.
Carol L.

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2 JOYE February 19, 2011 at 12:20 PM

This book sounds really good. I like stories about royalty.

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3 CherylS22 February 22, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Thanks for the review – this looks like a good book. Also, I like the way Philippa Gregory writes a book & will surely like the way this one is written, too.

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4 Katrina whittaker February 25, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Ill save him from his dull life ;)
Thanks for the review sounds like a good read :) The cover is lovley !!! I have not yet read any of her work but would love to ;)
Thanks for the review is always good to read these before deciding whether to read or not !! Your interview has enticed me.
Thanks kat :)

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5 alice priday February 25, 2011 at 10:45 PM

i loved this review. makes me want to read this book soo more. thanks

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