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The Princess Now with a new cover, Lori Wick's bestselling contemporary love story The Princess over , copies soldwill reach even readers In the Land of Pendaran, Shelby Parker lives a humble but good life Her special qualities are eventually noticed by the king and queen of the House of Markham, who seek a new wife for their widowed son, Prince NikolaiTo uphold the tradition of their country, Shelby and Nikolai agree to an arranged marriage But while Nikolai is a perfect gentleman in public, he remains distant at home, leaving Shelby to wonder what is in his heart Will the prince ever love her as he did his first wife? Can the faith they share overcome the barriers between them?

About the Author: Lori Wick

FROM THE PUBLISHER:Lori Wick is known as one of the most versatile Christian fiction writers on the market today From pioneer fiction to a series set in Victorian England to a contemporary novel, Lori's books (over 5 million in print) continue to delight readers and top the Christian bestselling fiction list Lori and her husband, Bob, live in Wisconsin with the three coolest kids in the world.

10 thoughts on “The Princess

  1. says:

    I didn't know this was written by a Christian author before I started reading. At first when I read how much religion was incorporated in the story I was hesitant to continue, but I enjoyed reading the silent prayers the characters said and really there was no difference between the religious beliefs of these characters and my own. But, I must say that my favorite part of this book was the love story. (...Sigh...) Watching the love of this couple grow from a beginning of fear and dislike to the deepest of love and commitment was heart warming.

  2. says:

    So uh this is a Christian book, the kind where you can read passages from the Bible and chapter references such as Genesis, Matthew… I honestly feel awkward reading it.

    A phone! They have a phone! Yes obviously I am a bit shocked. I never expected to see (or read) something about a phone, sports car, golf, limousine etc. Well one thing’s for sure, they may be prince and princess but this book is surely not regency. I was expecting regency you know. I got deluded. This is more like Princess Diaries, except that it’s more religious.

    I have so many issues with this book.

    Well for one the conversations are not engaging. The storyline is predictable. The writing is plain and simple. The characters are annoyingly faultless/prefect. I feel like I’m reading from a Bible story. And the attempts at intimacy are awful. The humor is barely laughable. I don’t get the sudden mood changes. No preamble, no nothing.

    GET OVER YOUR DEAD WIFE! Nickolai is annoying.
    The sweet gestures which were supposed to make me a giggling mess have no effect whatsoever.

    Shelby blushes at ridiculous things! Spare me. What is so embarrassing about getting a burger? She’s angry at Nickolai, sometimes scared but I don’t get why! This is so dumb.

    Worrying is a sin. A sin. Okay.

    Flirtations. Are you trying to be funny? Cause I’m not laughing.
    “Thank you” “I’m glad you told me” OH MY GOD STOP IT. IT’S GRATING ON MY NERVES. And who says “I think I’ll lie down” when hit with a ball? Ridiculous. HE GOT HIT BY A BALL. You don’t need to panic. HE GOT HIT BY A BALL. IN THE HEAD. WHO CARES? HE’S NOT GONNA DIE. What in the name of fuck was that about? So weird.

    Also did I mention that the ‘intimacies’ didn’t make me want to curl my toes? Quite the contrary. It’s giving me goosebumps. And not in a good way either. And they’re all crybabies! Oh and another thing, do you really have to get your husband’s permission for everything? Or say “thank you” EVERY FREAKING SECOND?!

    I have never rolled my eyes so much while reading. I think I over rolled them. And I had a migraine all throughout.

  3. says:

    Okay, it was sitting at the desk where I work, and my self control is pathetic. I cannot resist a fiction novel when temptation persists.
    Lori Wick has this knack for writing love stories that make me wonder what world she's living on, cuz it isn't planet earth. Now on the bright side her stories are always clean, and the characters have great value systems and what have you, but I have read much better from her than this. It's not so much that the story was bad per se, just that it was so gosh darn 'mushy'. Sickly sweet. (too much, take it back!)
    I love great literature, and if that's what you're in search of with a hankering for romance, then I suggest Jane Austin. Lori Wick writes 'brain candy' it takes no effort to read it and I'm sure she pumps out the stories quickly, I kind of wish she'd take more time. I find the conversation stilted and characters sadly predictable. However I still read the whole thing, so that either tells you that there is something there after all, or that part of me is girly enough to devour a love story. (I shame myself. And to think I could have used that time to do homework!)

  4. says:

    I had a lot of problems with this book so I'll just go with the highlights.

    The book was poorly written. There, I've said it. I only finished it because it fulfilled a reading challenge requirement and it was painful for the last two hundred pages. There was far too much telling of events and not enough showing. What we do see usually hurts the characters. We see them being good Christians but we almost never see their thoughts, making their actions feel disingenuous.

    I didn't hate the heroine, but that's only because there wasn't enough character there to hate. Her life is unreal, even before becoming royalty. The only friends of hers that we really see are the elderly women suffering from cancer who she attends Bible study with. If she's so wonderful and likable shouldn't she have friends her own age? Her only real flaw seems to be that she cares too much. Her mistakes stem from a need to help people that ranges from simple generosity to actually endangering her life and health. Unfortunately, this issue is never discussed. She is praised constantly for this selflessness when what she really needs is to be told that she's allowed to care about herself.

    I was also very disappointed in the lack of royal issues. After the discussion of the tradition (requiring the prince to marry by age 26) the book might as well be about normal, everyday people -- it might have been better that way. The royal family is seen moving about as easily as normal people do, as if there would be no issue when the heir to the kingdom suddenly stops by a small family restaurant. Even the tradition falls by the wayside, no one seeming to care that its purpose probably had something to do with producing an heir.

  5. says:

    I didn't enjoy this book. There was hardly any story to it and the romance felt weird; they didn't even kiss before the night they finally decided to consummate their marriage. It was a butterfly killer.

    I enjoy Christian fiction, but this was WAY over the top with preaching. I like for the characters to show us their faith through their choices and actions. This was more TELL, TELL, TELL than show.

    Sorry Melissa! You're still my book whisperer.

  6. says:

    This is absolutely my most favorite book by Lori Wick!

  7. says:

    In most fairy tales, when the Princess and Prince get married, the story ends “happily ever after”. In Lori Wick’s “The Princess,” however, the vows are only the beginning. Although this is the story of an arranged marriage, I found its underlying message quite relevant to most people today, and I think it may especially help those who are struggling or considering divorce.

    Prince Nikolai of Pendaran lost his wife before the novel begins, but she is quite present, especially in the early pages. As custom rules that the crown prince must be married by the age of 26, and that fateful birthday draws nearer, Nikolai knows that he cannot in good conscience choose his own wife. Instead, he asks his parents to make the choice for him.

    They select for his bride the lovely Shelby Parker, a sweet, goodhearted woman who shares the same Christian values as they royal family. Although startled by the decision, Shelby accepts the proposal, and the two find themselves married without even meeting. Perhaps the best sign of the distance between them when the Prince, thinking her the new help, introduces himself – after the wedding.

    As Nikolai struggles with grief and Shelby struggles to connect to her distant husband, both learn that love does not come automatically with marriage. Indeed, we can make the choice to love our spouse – or to not love them. Nikolai especially struggles to draw closer to his wife, but after he has rebuffed her, Shelby also finds herself ambivalent and seeks to overcome the pain her husband unwittingly causes her.

    Choice, then, is the message I pulled out of this novel. Marriage isn’t easy for anyone, royal or average. We disagree (fight, argue, whatever) with our spouses, we see them at their worst as well as their best, and the romance that begins even the best of marriages can easily fade away. But, like Nikolai and Shelby, we each must make the choice to love our spouse on a daily basis, and must seek ways to cultivate and grow that love.

    I really enjoyed this novel. It felt a bit heavy-handed on the Christianity, occasionally preachy, but overall it was an enjoyable story. The characters struggled with realistic relationship problems, and, despite their royal origins, were easy to relate to. About the biggest problem I had came from the royal family itself – counting Shelby and Nikolai, there were (I think) four sets of royal couples, and this got a bit confusing. Still, overall, a great read!

  8. says:

    I like to know little to nothing about books before I read them, sometimes this can get me in trouble. In the case with this book, I must have had different expectations, so perhaps I'm being too hard on it...? I found the book to be extremely dull and silly. The characters were so one-dimensional and wispy. There was no flaw to overcome, no conflict to resolve, not even the slightest bit of interest or chemistry. I liked that it was clean, but it was so annoyingly preachy--and I like religion, so that's saying a lot.

  9. says:

    I just finished reading it for the second time. It is interesting to me, and I wonder why. It's an okay story, but it seems more about the heroine finding happiness in life because of herself, and less about the romance. I guess I think she took a situation and made a life for herself within the framework of her reality. Third reading-this time I was struck by the choice to love someone, rather than it beginning with infatuation.

  10. says:

    I find myself re-reading the book a lot. It's just a great love story!

    n the Land of Pendaran, Shelby Parker lives a humble but good life. Her special qualities are eventually noticed by the king and queen of the House of Markham, who seek a new wife for their widowed son, Prince Nikolai.

    To uphold the tradition of their country, Shelby and Nikolai agree to an arranged marriage. But while Nikolai is a perfect gentleman in public, he remains distant at home, leaving Shelby to wonder what is in his heart. Will the prince ever love her as he did his first wife? Can the faith they share overcome the barriers between them?

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