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The Princess

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  9,205 Ratings  ·  490 Reviews
In the land of Pendaran, lively, affectionate Shelby Parker was born to a simple life—yet her mother, Daria, and those around her cannot help but notice the grace she possesses. Among those taking note of Shelby’s winsome ways and tender heart are the king and queen of the House of Markham, who are seeking a new wife for their widowed son, Prince Nikolai.

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Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Harvest House Publishers
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Aug 09, 2008 Jayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 ...more
Roanne Araneta
Jan 15, 2013 Roanne Araneta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 Diari
Sep 13, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: it was sitting right in front of me!
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
Nola Redd
Nov 13, 2008 Nola Redd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-drama
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.
Apr 24, 2010 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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,
Jul 02, 2014 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was like a Harlequin novel combined with an episode of 19 kids and counting. The plot was of course predictable but that doesn't really bother me in a romance novel. The premise itself was okay -- a marriage of convenience becomes a true romance, that part is a classic device that, while hackneyed, is also good fun. The problems with the book were as follows

1) It was incredibly boring. The plot did not move forward in a way that was particularly interesting. In fact, I skipped whole ch
Apr 18, 2007 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Just Want A Really Good Story
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
Feb 17, 2009 Nikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
May 15, 2008 Judie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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.
Dec 26, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely my most favorite book by Lori Wick!
I haven't read many of Lori Wick's books. Only her yellow Rose series and maybe a few stand alone books. I found I struggled to rate this book. At times, it was really great. I loved the Christian values, I liked the characters, and the plotline was unique compared with so many generic reads these days. However, what had me torn was all the intimate scenes. Certainly I think it was just enough without being too detailed, however, the writing was blush worthy at times. Normally such writing would ...more
Lori Wick found perhaps the only way to have an arranged marriage work at the turn of the 21st century: royalty. I find Nicolai's struggle between loving his dead wife and loving his new bride to be heart-felt and believable. I adore Shelby, but don't always think her not sharing her feelings about certain things works. Still a great late night read.
Kate Matson
To uphold a long-cherished tradition of their country, Shelby and Nikolai agree to an arranged marriage. But while Nikolai is a perfect gentleman at public functions, he remains distant and shy at home, leaving Shelby to ponder the inner workings of his heart. Will the prince ever love her as he did his first wife? Can the faith they share overcome the barriers between them?
There was no action whatsoever in this book, which, in this case, is a good thing. It was completely centered
Caryn Jack
Feb 18, 2014 Caryn Jack rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my word what a long winded piece of drivel!!!! Seriously this woman cant write. I only got through 2 thirds before I wanted to shoot myself in the face. Usually i don't write really mean reviews but I'm going to make an exception for this book because of all the religious rubbish. Religion does NOT, i repeat, does NOT play a major part in fiction and this is coming from someone who has been religious all her life. Religion is a touchy subject at the best of times because of all the different ...more
Apr 06, 2009 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: engaged or married individuals
Shelves: fiction, religion, romance
Though it reads rather more like an episode of "Touched by an Angel" than a romance novel, I was finally able to settle back and enjoy this book by accepting what the author intended it to be: a strongly Christian prescription for marital bliss. The characters - especially the supporting cast - were all a little too perfect, and the plot was rather contrived. Wick, however, was able to mold the circumstances to convey heartfelt sincerity and realistic emotional conflict. I actually learned a lot ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Lady rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
lame - that's the best word I can think of for this book. The story isn't a bad premise but the characters are shallow and inauthentic and continually spout eye roll inducing dialog. There is no conflict in the whole book. that's about it.

except I can't say enough how painfully overt and inauthentic the characters are. If Twilight is a 14-year-old girl's fantasy, this is a 14-year-old Puritan's fantasy. I'm not trying to be mean, but The Princess is simplistic and immature both emotionally and s
Mar 28, 2008 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay so here is another classic on my list. I have read this book probably 7 or 8 times total. It is an easy read but very enjoyable. I love the idea of a modern day arranged marriage and how that would work in today's world. There are a few times when the book is a bit cheesy but I still love this story and the characters. Next to Sophie's Heart this is my favorite Lori Wick book.
Sep 05, 2008 Alycia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes romance books
I loved this book, it took me five hours to finish it.
What makes this book so special is that it's a modern day fairy tale, and Nicki and 'Red' spend more time developing their friendship and how well they know each other, rather than focusing all on...well you know. :) A very good book.
Apr 28, 2008 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: Joanna Jordan
I LOVE this book. It's a modern day fairy tale princess story. Shelby agrees to an arranged marriage to the prince of a created country. They meet for the first time on their wedding day and through their faith in God they learn to love each other. One of the best contemporary books I've ever read.
Inspired Kathy
I love this book. I stayed up half the night to finish it because I couldn't put it down. Written by a Christian writer is does preach a little but it is a great read.
A beautiful story that has come at a good time in my life. My mom gave this to me years and years go to read and it took me until now to actually read it. And I loved it!
A beautiful story of love that is not easily given and is fiercely fought for. This book shows that even when you don't love someone, sometimes it can be worked for. Taking place in a fictional place where arranged marriages were still taking place, this one shows that even when you marry for connivence love is still possible. T
Nov 20, 2011 Jozelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jozelle by: Trish Miclat
This the first Christian Juvenile kind of book I have read since I was born. And you know what? It's worth the ache in my neck and back because not only did it give me the kiligs or being in love but also it gives me lots of lessons about life and of course about how God is amazing.

I like how the story goes. It's not does kind of story where the woman is somewhat annoying because of her dumbness or how the guy is so slow in realizing how much he loves the girl.

In the story, it's not like that. T
May 23, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must begin with honestly saying that out of all the books I've ever read, this book is still my favorite and has stuck the closest to my heart ever since the first time I read it. Of course it is every girls fairytale to become Cinderella and marry the Prince, but what if the prince doesn't turn out to be quite as charming as you expected? Would you still trust in God to help you to be committed to a man that doesn't love you, nor are you sure you can love him either?

This is the most beautiful
This is a guilty pleasure book. One of the two books I own that is poorly written. Has many plot holes. And yet I read it over and over and practically know it by heart. ( the other being Danger in the Shadows.
The premise is that the prince of a fictious country needs a bride to make the requirement of being married at 26 for the country. The minister chooses Shelby a shy red-head. WHat begins as a marriage of convenience quicky turns to one of love.
Whats interesting is that in any other genre
Oct 20, 2015 Chloe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay, but I didn't feel fully immersed in the story.

It was rather slow in the beginning, but then at the halfway point, Ms Wick covered several months, or skipped them even, in a matter of pages.

Plus, I'm not really into contemporary romance, especially when the book is set in a made-up country..

When I read the back cover, I assumed that it was not contemporary, and that was one of the main reasons why I picked it up. So I was a bit bummed when they mentioned cars.

I probably wouldn't re
Sade Agbaje
Jul 30, 2016 Sade Agbaje rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've only ever read one Lori Wick book aside from this one "Sophie's Choice" and it was pretty good.

For this story the characters just felt too stiff. All the dialogue here came off as uncomfortable and just showed the characters had no chemistry (maybe that's what she was going for
Aug 30, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
This book started out great - fast, fun and interesting. I got a bit bogged down in the middle, and then the book kicked back into high gear for a happy ending.

I think I could easily adjust to the life of a princess. Charity events, balls, fancy dresses, dancing and public appearances. Being close to your family, having servants who are like your family and being taking care of at all times. Pretty great!

This book stressed the importance of open communication and talking about whatever you are t
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I read this book about a year ago and don't remember all of it. I remember that I liked the story idea a lot. Its about a prince whose wife dies and he has to chose someone else to marry. He was really in love with his first wife and doesnt want to remarry. He allows his councelors to chose the new bride for him. So they get married and its about their relationship, etc. If I remember right, its a christian book and theres a little bit of preachy stuff in it and the main character is just way to ...more
Sep 19, 2009 Rachelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a good romantic read, this is one of my favorites. lori Wick writes a lot of books and it seems like in every one of them someone is getting "saved". I understand that is her "calling" as a Christian writer, but sometimes it's a bit much. This book isn't so much about that, but about a prince who has lost his first wife and must remarry and his parents choose this bride and he approves, but then later discovers what a great person she really is. i guess it's one of those books that's a great ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 29, 2015 09:51AM  
  • The Guardian (O'Malley #2)
  • A Gown of Spanish Lace (The Janette Oke Collection) (Women of the West)
  • A City Not Forsaken (Cheney Duvall, M.D. Series #3)
  • Castles: Kingdom Divided / Alas My Love / If Only / Five Geese Flying
  • A Bride Most Begrudging
  • Forevermore (Only in Gooding, #2)
  • The Tender Vine (The Diamond of the Rockies #3)
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."
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