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Princess Daisy

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  3,461 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
She was born Princess Marguerite Alexandrovna Valensky. But everyone called her Daisy. She was a blonde beauty living in a world of aristocrats and countless wealthy. Her father was a prince, a Russian nobleman. Her mother was an American movie goddess. Men desired her. Women envied her. Daisy's life was a fairy tale filled with parties and balls, priceless jewels, money a ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Goldmann (first published 1980)
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That lunchtime, all the women at work were talking about Princess Daisy, so I thought: what the hell, I'll read it. Some kind person lent me her copy. It's a strange book. The story-line and the characters are a ridiculous mishmash of stock elements, haphazardly spliced together: a playboy father, a beautiful mother, a cruel half-brother who incestuously rapes her, a brain-damaged younger sister she has to take care of. People keep falling in love, getting tragically killed, losing their money i ...more
May 06, 2013 msjoonee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some situations were meant for the trashy novel. Beaches. Airplanes. Visa appointments. Judith Krantz is one of the best writers in this genre (yes, to me trashy novel is a genre) and "Princess Daisy" is the perfect combination of glamorous people, soap opera worthy plots and just enough sleaze. In the '80s, this was the sort of thing we read when we got past our Sweet Dreams/Sweet Valley High years and I have to say it beats Chick Lit (which to me was never a genre) by a mile.

When i say "trash
Mar 19, 2017 Margitte added it
Shelves: not-reviewed
Pure nostalgia drives me to adding these books to my reading lists. Once upon a time it was one of the best books I've ever read. But that was when I was trying to find my own identity.
Rhianna Schoonover
Nov 07, 2011 Rhianna Schoonover rated it really liked it
Read this one a long, LONG, time ago when I was a teenager. Its a good book for a teenager who wants very little meat to their book, but a lot of juicy. Like a lite beer, no calories & less filling.

I will say that I remember this book, its characters, settings, and plot like the day I first read it. That stands to reason Judith Krantz is a good writer, it does stick with you when you've read it.

I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a good mental read. If you want some fluff that is j
Apr 14, 2010 Mariel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Robert Wagner isn't crying
Recommended to Mariel by: Ringo needed my tv royalties. Nevermind I never was good enough for Neilson
The movie is even more fun. Ringo Starr is in it (for those like me who love to watch him in lots of bad movies), and Rupert Everett manages to appear both gay and hot for his sister at the same time.
Rebecca Huston
Oct 15, 2010 Rebecca Huston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 20th-century
Creampuff contemporary romance novel full of family secrets, too beautiful heroine and plenty of scenery chewing. Still fun, however.
Nov 26, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This is the kind of romance novel that gives romance novels a good name. The people are glamorous whether they're wealthy or poor. The locations are evocative - New York, Venice, London, central coast of California. The plot is not about getting the guy but about the girl coming into her own. The bad guys are vanguished, the good guys come back from the brink of ruin and everything ends happily.

I read this book because it was mentioned in Dark Currents as the main character's namesake and her m
Feb 14, 2015 Naksed rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I snuck from my aunt's bookshelves when I was a poorly supervised early teen-ager :-) Looking back on it, it is a total campfest however I have to say that at the time, it fascinated me to no end and I think I ended up permanently hiding it and re-reading it many times. The high rating is a shout-out to those years where I was tentatively trying to explore the "forbidden fruit" through the safest way imaginable, the pages of a book, and Princess Daisy delivered on ...more
Dec 12, 2016 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This week’s blog entry is dedicated yet again to the oeuvre of Judith Krantz, most specifically to PRINCESS DAISY, one of...
Feb 24, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
Most of this book reads like a flash back, and it's quite disconcerting. In the first chapter, we meet 23-year-old Daisy setting up a shoot for a commercial. A few paragraphs later, her parents are posing with Infant Daisy for Life magazine. The second chapter begins to describe how Daisy's parents met, then rather abruptly skips back again in time to explain both of their childhoods. The book proceeds loosely chronologically from there, but even in 495 pages, that's a lot of time to cover. Ther ...more
Ronald Wise
A book a long time in my collection of undetermined source. Krantz's fictitious version of a princess in America, supposedly inspired by the story of Grace Kelly. About two thirds through this book I had yet to find a character with whom I could identify — all royalty and/or extremely wealthy and powerful. It contained, however, one of the best written seduction scenes I've ever read, and, I have to admit, I shed a couple of tears during the last few pages. I enjoyed it enough to add the author' ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Shelley rated it liked it
read this one when I was a teenager and decided to revisit it. it was probably one of the first "trashy" novels I ever read. I remember I loved the movie. the book was as I remembered, long and very detailed and a good way to pass time and escape for a while. sometimes you need a fluff book in between the classics and serious books.
Anna Graham
Mar 28, 2009 Anna Graham rated it liked it
A lot of blah blah blah after the first third. Having read this previously, ages ago, I skimmed most of the second half, Daisy's life in advertising far more in depth than I thought necessary. The end, however, was as stirring as always.
Mar 17, 2010 Risapopelka rated it really liked it
Yes. This is a totally cheesy book. I found it in a library on vacation when I was like 17 and I loved it. LOVED it. I love to reread it. It is the perfect combo of romance, cheese and hilarity. Great for a summer read, not great for an in depth conversation.
Oct 26, 2007 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-novels
It was a good book and a good miniseries with Lindsay Wager, Stacy Keech, Robert Urich. A movie star marries an exiled Russian Prince. They have twin daughters, but when he sees that one of this is mentally retarded, he institutionalizes her and tells the mother that she died. When she later discovers that he lied to her, she leaves him and moves back to the states. She is killed and the twins are returned to Europe where he once again separates them. The movie scene of the separation was wrenc ...more
I read this because it was mentioned in another book i recently read, and because I had never actually read a Judith Krantz novel. This one is from 1980, and it is thick with seventies culture but also with words. Krantz doesn't let a reader get away with imagining a scene: she tells you what they were wearing, eating, thinking, sitting on, the house the dog the car the landscape and the internal musings ALL are explained in detail again and again. Great characters. It wasn't bad, just not the s ...more
May 04, 2009 Ljstubbs rated it did not like it
What a pile of trashy junk. Thank goodness my taste has developed and my patience has waned.
Feb 21, 2011 Manuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporaneo
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Jan 03, 2013 Trisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
Bij haar geboorte krijgt zij de namen Marguerite Alexandrovna Valensky, maar iedereen noemt haar Daisy. Daisy met het zilvergouden haar en de koolzwarte ogen, dochter van prins Stash Valensky en de romantische Amerikaanse filmster Francesca Vernond. Er is echter een geheim dat haar gelukkige wereld overschaduwt... Wannaar haar halfbroer Ram misbruik maakt van haar onschuld, stort haar droomwereld in en vlucht zij naar New York. Daisy vecht voor haar onafhankelijkheid in een wereld waarin North, ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I've been struggling to finish this book for two months now. I'm relieved I finally got through it! Why, you may very well ask, didn't I just give up on the thing? Well, I really enjoyed the juicy first half; it was the second half that was so slow and boring. I'd rather have spent more time with the characters themselves and enjoying the plot than wading through endless travelogue-style descriptions and skimming through pages and pages and still more pages of detail about the advertising field. ...more
May 28, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Judith Krantz taught me everything I ever needed to know about the international jet set, the fabulous excess of the late 70/early 80s, and eurotrash. I give my eternal thanks to her. Even though her books are ridiculous I totally adore them.

I kind of feel like SNL's Stefon saying this but this book has everything: a gorgeous impoverished princess that hypnotizes every man she meets. A dashing international playboy who plays polo and is apparently a sexual wizard. A gorgeous film star. An honest
Rob the book of its letters? Well, that's too much to say, but I read it so many times that I came close.
I bought it many years ago and I liked it. What the story is about, you can find in the synopsis, I won't repeat that. But the story itself was new, a romantic story from a different angle. How twin sisters can be so very different, how one pays the price for keeping a secret that there's two sisters and not one. How the one that's visible struggles and how finally the thruth comes out.
When I
Nov 06, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
My foster sister Mary recommended this book -- in an attempt to get me away from horror, fantasy and sci fi novels. In recent years, as revenge, I've gotten her hooked on paranormal romance novels -- like Sherrilyn Kenyon. Sweet Revenge!

I was in the 10th grade and she dared me to actually finish this book, so I started reading it. I encountered a highly detailed lesbian encounter while reading after a test in Geometry. I turned about scarlet red; the guy who sat behing me recommended I NOT read
At first glance, this novel appears to be nothing more than a fairytale – a story of a beautiful, wealthy, lucky princess who is saved at the end by a dashing, wealthy man. Once you look beyond your preconceptions and immerse yourself in Daisy’s story, you are introduced to a young girl who lost her privileged wealth and bloomed into a woman of strength, character, and integrity – and who in the end, saved herself. Stories of strong women are not plentiful among the Classics spectrum – mostly be ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Tameeka rated it it was ok
If I read this book during my teenage Danielle Steel/Flowers in the Attic years, I would have LOVED it. The wealth, the deaths, the incest, the backstabbing, and the secrets! All of those juicy secrets. My younger self would have been in trashy novel heaven. But, I'm older and I've grown out of that phase. At 400+ pages, I felt as though Krantz skimped on some key elements of the story but would elaborate on unnecessary plots. You would jump from character to new character; one era to the next; ...more
Carolina Morales
Aug 02, 2013 Carolina Morales rated it did not like it
Stay away from this one, folks. I did not really get it, to be quite honest with you! The narrator kinda screwed up with my poor head. Sometimes it's like a Mexican soap opera, other moments kinda scathologic (aka fairly disgusting) and the end is so clichée I felt a strong nausea. Most of the time I thought I was reading a non official Grace Kelly biography, and then suddently I found out it was quite impossible. By all means, not a book that makes it worth the almost 900 pages of our retine da ...more
Emily Von pfahl
I read this book back in high school and while I enjoyed reading it at the time (and at 512 pages you would have to), there were a number of things about it that bothered me then and now, not the least of which is the fact that the main character is raped by her half-brother. Repeatedly. One thing Krantz does excel at though is switching the focus and narration between the cast of characters so that you get inside all of the players minds. It isn't a bad book, per se, but it really isn't worth t ...more
I had already read and enjoyed Mistral's Daughter on an earlier college winter break, so I figured this would be a good one to accompany me on a transatlantic flight in 1988. I picked it up at the used bookstore in Tallahassee (I can tell by the stamp inside). I was flying to meet my parents in England as a college graduation present--I had already spent a semester in London in 1986. This was, indeed, the perfect companion on the flight, but I don't remember a whole lot about it.
Aug 02, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok
Though at times overwhelmingly trashy, this book isn't all bad. It occupies that middle ground between romance novels and actual literature.

Be prepared to know exactly what everyone is wearing at all times and don't expect anyone to make less than an embarrassing amount of money with the exception of our tragically impoverished heroine who only comes from old money and moves in moneyed circles, but doesn't have any herself.
Bani M
Oct 09, 2010 Bani M rated it really liked it
Holding the mother of all unpopular opinions, I was totally fascinated by the character of Ram and loved the intensity of his every scene with Daisy. Basically if this book was all about Daisy and Ram it would get a very bias 100/5 and probably be my most favorite ill-fated (and ill-conceived) love- er- love is not the right word- relationship of faux pas and obsession story of all time.
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Judith Krantz (born Judith Tarcher), is an American novelist who writes in the romance genre. Her works include Princess Daisy and Till We Meet Again.
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