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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  680 ratings  ·  146 reviews
From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling novel The Little Book, comes a novel about a love that is capable of bridging unfathomable distances.

Recently returned from the experience of a lifetime in fin de siècle Vienna, where she met and tragically lost the first great love of her life, Eleanor Burden has no choice but to settle into her expected place in
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published August 16th 2012 by Dutton (first published 2012)
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Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
So now I have to go read The Little Book. It would have been nice if the flyleaf had mentioned that this was the second part of an on-going story so I could have read them in order. Instead I spent a good portion of this book feeling more confused than I needed to be. Having said that though, I truly did enjoy this book. It reminded me of the old authors like Dickens but easier to access. The premise: a young woman, Eleanor returns from Vienna in the late 1800s in possession of a broken heart, a ...more
I received this as a free download from Audiojukebox. I say that not only in the interest of fairness but also to explain that this is the only reason why I finished the book.
A couple of years ago I listened to the audio version of Edwards' first book, The Little Book. While I felt there were a few flaws in the story, it was also strangely compelling. It was one of those books that stay with you long after you've finished. In fact, it has stuck with me ever since, especially the superb narratio
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jenny by: Jess Horvath
Shelves: 2012-challenge
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Kris Meyer
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, a disclaimer: I tend to be generous in my ratings of books merely out of respect for the time and dedication it takes simply to write them. Having said that, I almost feel as if I should take a star away from other books to which I've awarded five. Almost. What stops me is the matter of fairness. Each author should be evaluated on a comparative basis with others writing in the same genre. So, having eliminated the option of reducing star numbers, my other impulse would be to award six ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was actually one of the worst books i've ever read. Sheer will power alone drove me to finish. There are dictionaries with better character development; inter-office memos with more compelling dialogue; and opium fueled dreams with that require fewer leaps of faith to buy into the plot. So she has a book that tells her about some critical events of the future. This now becomes a crutch on which every act, every motivation, every event that follows is based on. No, I don't have to make my re ...more
The Lost Prince – Seldon Edwards
3 stars


This is a sequel to Seldon Edwards’ convoluted time travel novel, The Little Book]. The first book takes place mostly in fin de siècle Vienna, where five of the principal characters converge in time. As the complex first book ends, the two time traveling characters are dead. Eleanor Putnam has been left with The Little Book which contains irrefutable, formidable knowledge of the future.

This book is entirely Eleanor’s story as she struggles t
Rachel M
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time connecting with this story, or the characters (especially Eleanor). She knows her own future because it is all written down in a notebook from someone in the future, including who she marries, what she invests in, whom she befriends, etc. What bothered me most, is that her actions seem motivated only by the fact that they are supposedly in her future. (Ex: "Oh, it says here on page 6 that I have an affair with _____ and then have a child. Better get to work orchestrating this a ...more
Christine Rebbert
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
You probably really have to have read Edwards' "The Little Book" for this book to make any sense at all; it springs from the same basic story but from an alternate character's point of view. I LOVED "The Little Book", and was mesmerized all over again at the beginning of this one. But then it started to bog down -- yeah, yeah, uh-huh... I guess what it came down to for me was, there is no way for the magic of the first book to be re-lived with the same sense of wonder and awe, just like you can' ...more
Jill Meyer
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Selden Edwards' new novel, "The Lost Prince", follows his novel, "The Little Book", published in 2008. Evidently, Edwards, a teacher at a private school, began work on "The Little Book" back in 1974. He produced an interesting, if slightly overwritten, novel, set in fin-de-sicle Vienna. I can't even begin to explain the plot of "Little", but you probably should read that book before beginning "Lost Prince". "Lost Prince" is actually a better book than it's predecessor; Edwards writes with a sure ...more
Viviane Crystal
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Eleanor Burden returns from Vienna in 1898 with three priceless treasures, “a manuscript, an exquisite piece of jewelry, and a hand-written journal. Each would change her life, she knew, and each would play a part in determining her destiny.” The latter part of this quote is surely an understatement, to say the least, for thousands and thousands of people will be affected by this woman who has been granted some invaluable factual information.

The manuscript will make Gustave Mahler, composer and
Lisa Houlihan
I was excited to learn Edwards had a new book out because I loved Little Book so very very much, but I waxed doubtful as soon as I realized that it continues the story of, or at least is connected to, the earlier book. I am skeptical about sequels. Not so much with children's books, because I sympathize with kids' need for reassurance with the familiar, but with YA books that milk characters past credibility and especially with adult books because grown-ups should have less tolerance for milking ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel is a sequel to Selden Edwards��� The Little Book, a tale of a contemporary American who becomes displaced in time in 19th century Vienna. The Lost Prince opens shortly after Eleanor Burden returns from fin de si��cle Vienna and begins a personal mission to ensure a future by aligning the early 20th century according to a journal given to her by her grandson. She establishes her personal fortune with the assistance of a young physicist she hires to invest in companies that she appears ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it

I started this book, then put it down for a while as I just couldn't get into it. I decided to pick it up again to give it another try. It's a long book, partially due to the repetition and partially due to the long, drawn out discussions that take place. If you are like me, and haven't read the first book in this series, The Little Book, you will probably be lost for the first hundred pages or so. It became a bit more clear after some necessary background was revealed. Still, I found the c
Aug 29, 2012 is currently reading it
Has anyone else listened to the audio version of this book? I loved The Little Book -- as a matter of fact read it more than once. I think I would love this one too but the narrator makes listening painful. Her German accents sound reasonably authentic, and her voice can be pleasant when she is reading text, but most character voices are clipped and abrupt and sound harsh, especially Eleanor. I may try to read it in book form, but I have such a long commute that I do most of my "reading" in the ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lost Prince is a sequel to The Little Book and continues the story of Eleanor Putnam. As the book begins it is 1897 and Bostonian Eleanor returns from Vienna entrusted with a small book that foretells the future. She knows about the coming will happen but she also knows she has to act. She is in the middle of pre-destiny and free will. This book is filled with wonderful historic detail. The author is working on the third book of this trilogy and I will definitely read it.
Julie Bestry
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a sequel (or, since the original involved time travel, perhaps we'd call it a prequel) to The Little Book, a story which transfixed me. Please, read it first. Yes, you can understand The Lost Prince without having read the first story, but your appreciation for the much quieter, much more staid tone of this book will suffer if you lack investment in the entire storyline.

A personal note: This book has been on my wishlist since it was announced. I loved the original so much that I fea
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read both books in this series. If you are going to read both, I recommend reading them in reverse order. It was irritating to me to listen to the narrator agonizing about how to make events occur as written in her notebook.

Eleanor is trying to make her life fulfill what is written in her secret notebook. Some of the things are interesting and some are truly ridiculous. Her meeting with JP Morgan is one of the ridiculous ones.

The interactions with Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud are sort of s
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it (the three stars are a personal response), but I am chary of recommending it to anyone unless they loved the first one. There is no plot. As in, absolutely nothing about this book develops anything at all in the way of previous characters (although if you liked Bid Time Return by Matheson, this has a semi-queasy approach to time-travelin' sweet love, so fair warning). It goes nowhere, there is no tension at all, and it is basically for nerds like me who like to read complete tales. Bu ...more
Cat Rayne
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
As in the Little Book, Selden Edwards carried his inventive story through the The Lost Prince sequel.

Having read the first book in two days I did not have the same luxury for The Lost Prince. However, reading it within a month from the The Little Book the story was still fresh enough to quickly engage the characters and experience how they flawlessly intersected.

Edwards deftly manages several characters, some true in life like Freud and Jung, and weaves a clever historical time travel tale.

Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Truly moved by THE LITTLE BOOK by the same author, so I was delighted to find this sequel. For me, these are two of the books that prompt to me write/thank the writer. At the very least, a personal excursion into the madness of WWI and war altogether. Sustained characterization of thoughtful and some famous characters, and a total romp/fun through late 19th c.- 20c history. William James ... Prince Rudolph ... Freud AND Jung! Plus time travel and meditation on determinism/free will. I just bough ...more
The Lost Prince was such a let down for me. I’d had my eye on it long before I purchased it, and now it sat on my TBR shelf months before I picked it up. I had high hopes of a romantic historic fiction novel similar to others I’ve loved.

In truth, I found it completely forgettable. I’m not even sure I’ll remember the characters when I start reading my next book.

I’m usually not such a harsh critic and especially without constructing criticism. Unfortunately, I can pinpoint what I didn’t like. I a
I can't imagine reading this book without having read the first in the series, The Little Book. The concept is fascinating and reminds me of one of my all-time favorite novels, Time and Again by Jack Finney. The story is a bit complex with the back and forth between time periods and characters' points of view but that just makes me think I will re-read both books again. I particularly enjoyed the level of detail the author includes which really helps the reader to visualize the people and the se ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a fitting companion to The Little Book and I enjoyed reading it. "The Lost Prince" successfully weaves romance, historical fiction, psychology, philosophy, and music into a beautiful tapestry and also shares a perspective on WWII in Austria and Italy. As a warning to other readers, I don't think it would stand well on its own (without first reading The Little Book).
Carlton Moore
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one is best enjoyed by people who have read "The Little Book" and are already fans of it (full transparency,'The Little Book' is the greatest novel I've ever read). Without that pretext, I think the beauty of this work would be missed.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I had no idea that this was a second book in a series.
Based on how this read for me, it is a hard press to be motivated to read the first, but I am immersed in questions and almost feel obligated to read it so I can try to resolve what is unknown.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: highbrow
3.5 *'s

Excellent ending! :)
Jess Morton
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
the follow up to his amazing book ' The Little Book' , this is a continuation in the shape of a prequel.
again, written with such depth and love and vision .
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love The little Book! So I was excited to read this. Meh. It was interesting to get more of Elanor's story and see how it all "worked out". But it was a bit tedious and self indulgent at times
Alicia Jonak
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Better than the first one but still drug out a lot.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
For being able to tell what was going to happen next, this book was still enjoyable. I also learned a lot about Vienna.
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Selden Edwards began writing The Little Book as a young English teacher in 1974, and continued to layer and refine the manuscript until its completion in 2007. It is his first novel. He spent his career as headmaster at several independent schools across the country, and for over forty years has been secretary of his Princeton class, where he also played basketball. He lives in Santa Barbara, Cali ...more

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