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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  5,826 ratings  ·  378 reviews
The conflict between the old world and the new...between responsibility and freedom...between duty and love...

Princess Christianna, happier in jeans and a sweatshirt than in the formal life of European royalty, leaves university to travel to East Africa as a volunteer for the Red Cross. Determined to make a difference, she plunges into the dusty, bustling life of an inte
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
A lot of this book seemed to repeat itself which I find somewhat annoying. The story itself was nice but was hoping for less repetative wording.
Feb 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: girly teenagers who don't like to read
Horrible, horrible, horrible. This is one of my guilty reads, so I shouldn't have expected much I guess. But wowww, bad book. Let me say that I like story lines that aren't particularly genius. I like standard formula books usually to some degree. This was just bad though.
Horrible deus ex machina to resolve the conflict. Very repetitive. And the phrase "SHOW don't tell" came to mind when reading this book. I can't tell you how many times it said something along the lines of "She was such a good
Nov 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People trapped on the Greyhound with nothing to read
Shelves: fiction
Oh boy. This book was bad.

I picked it up from the top of a trash can in a bus station. I was in a desperate situation. I had almost 24 hours more on the bus and nothing left to read. I didn't have high hopes for this book, but I really, really, really needed something to help me pass the time. I'm not a big Danielle Steel fan, but I had to read something, so I was glad to find a free book.

The plot is weak. A sad, noble, unspoiled little rich girl princess (literally) can't have the life of freed
Oct 19, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ehhhhh, 2007
I picked this up at the drugstore over my lunchbreak one day. It had been a long time since I'd picked up a Danielle Steel, and I figured I wouldn't lose myself in the book and be late getting back to work. I wasn't disappointed! I guess if the formula works, why change it? Beautiful, privileged (and this time, royal!) woman is oh so down about her life. It's so HAAAAAAAAARD being a princess! Since she has such lofty, noble ideas about helping the world, she embarks on a journey where she finds ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lecturas2019
El libro está bueno. Mi nota es 3 estrellitas por que si bien tiene un final feliz a mi me supo a poco. Me dejó con la pregunta de:"¿así termina?" Es una típica novela Steel cuya prosa se caracteriza por describir cada detalle lujoso en donde sus protagonistas femeninas son mujeres de la alta sociedad. La diferencia en éste caso es que nuestra protagonista decide dejar de lado el lujo y se va a África para trabajar como voluntaria de la Cruz Roja. Me pareció interesante lo que la autora nos cuen ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
I grew up on Danielle Steel novels. She's an amazing writer when she wants to be. H.R.H. is not a good example of her talent.

It reads like a junior high school newspaper; the facts are told to the reader, cut and dry. It is also very elementary in form as it's extraordinarily repetitive. Perhaps Ms. Steel was on a deadline and the book was rushed to publication. Sadly, I don't understand why the editors let it get so far without taking a red-pen-hacksaw to it; it severely needed one.

The story
Kathy Hiester
Oct 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was redundant and boring through and through and 1-star is even too highly rated. The female lead comes off as completely unfeeling and self-centered as she bewails repeatedly "for the first time in my life... I just want ect…..", and yet she had ample freedoms and even spent 4 years away at college in Berkley. She manipulates her father, weeps, whimpers and pouts when she doesn't get her way, and in general is the most single dimensional character I've encountered in any book. Steele ...more
Jaime Atkins
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I read "Malice" by Danielle Steel years ago and it was good. I haven't picked up one of her books since. My mother is obsessed with her....maybe that is why I have avoided her books. Maybe it is because she is one of the most famous romantic authors out there and EVERYONE reads her books. I don't know, but I am really glad I picked up this book.

This was one of the most dramatic books I have ever read. I cried for the losses that Christianna continued to experience. I felt her love and compass
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think I may have read other Danielle Steel books, I can't remember. One thing I really loved about this book (and I hope all of her books are this way) was there was no detailed sex scenes. We got the point that they made love and that was the end of that. I loved it. I can't stand reading books that are so descriptive in the bedroom. We...well, I don't need to know every detail to get the idea that it was special. Because of this, I plan on reading other books by this author. I loved the char ...more
May 09, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one!
All Danielle Steel books are horrendous! You probably wonder why I even have three on here. They are great for the gym because I don't have to pay that much attention. Every book is the same. Once you have read one, you know the formula. Danielle has a very limited vocabulary and loves to repeat her favorite words. It is kind of fun to here them over and over in each book. :-) If you decide to read one, this is the best of the three. It is a 1.2!
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book! Christianna is trapped in a world of royalty. But gets bored with it after years of cutting ribbons and kissing babies. Cricky finally convinces her father to let her volunteer for the red cross in Africa. Where she makes new friends and falls head over heels in love with an American Doctor.
Quirky Omega
Jun 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like princess stories.
Recommended to Quirky Omega by: No one. All my fault.
I had bought this book during a train ride. In the absence of books whose blurb were interesting enough, I chose to buy this. Boy what a mistake I made. I really think I should've foregone my love for romances and bought something else and spared myself the disappointment.

The first five chapters are very repetitive in their content. The girl keeps complaining about her life as a princess. It feels as if the author went on a repetition mode in her mind and just kept on repeating the same ideas on
Vulpecula Borealis
I've read a few Danielle Steele books and know what to expect. Writing to a formula that works for her - mass producing manuscripts for the conveyor belt that is the publishing industry where the emphasis is on quantity, not quality. A little harsh maybe, but you know what I mean. Ms Steele is very successful at what she does, and you can't knock that! I do wish she would stop repeating herself though - she does have a tendency to say the same thing thirty times in only a slightly different way. ...more
This may just be the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. My only defense is that I was travelling and it was the only book in the book swap that wasn't in Finnish...

I've blocked specifics from my mind but I remember it being riddled with basic grammatical mistakes, full of run on sentences that used the same adjectives 498764 times and generally a terrible eye-roll-y story line. And just when I thought it couldn't get any worse...(view spoiler)
Jun 20, 2009 rated it liked it
I have to agree with the other reviews for this one. I was disappointed with the book. When listening to a summary of the book, it sounds like it has promise. A modern day princess wants to contribute something meaningful to the world and not just the duties her father expects of her. She wants to do something more than just cut ribbons at openings and participate in state dinners. She gets an opportunity to really give back and be a normal citizen.

However, Danielle Steel repeats herself throug
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لا تريد أن تكون ناكرة الجميل للنعمة المعطاة لها و لا تريد التقليل من احترام والدها، و لكنها تكره كل لحظة من ذلك إنها تعرف تماماً كم هي محظوظة في عديد من النواحي لكن التفكير في الأمر و كم أصبحت حياتها تافهة، و كيف ستستمر خلال السنوات المقبله، جعلها تكتب كثيراً
استطاعت رؤية حياتها ممتدة امامها مثل طريق طويله و جرداء و لا تُحتَمَل
ثمة شيء لطيف و حنون في هذه المرأه بحيث أن مجرد الحديث معها يبدو مثل العناق
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Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I would give this 3.5 stars. It was my first Danielle Steel book, and I still do not know what to think. The storyline was great and really interesting. With Christianna who is a princess travels to Africa to help with the Red Cross she finds herself and befriends the people there. She then returns home to a life of duty until tragedy strikes and her duty has intensified. Make sure to grab a box of Kleenex before you sit down to read it! On a side note I spent the whole book looking for why the ...more
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up on my way out of the library, and let me say that I am glad it was a borrowed book and not a purchased one! It was the most repetitive book I've ever read! I haven't read many Danielle Steel novels, but I thought they were better than this one. I just got so tired of reading the same 5 or 6 sentences over and over. I finished the book because I always finish what I start :) but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
H.R.H. stands for Her Royal Highness. This is a lovely story about a young woman, Princess Christianna, from Vaduz, Liechtenstein, who just wants to have a normal life. I really like this book. It is a story of a princess who wants to do more with her life and help people. She struggles with doing the right things and what she wants to do. She is very responsible and always maked the noble choice. There is a little romance involved. I appreciate that it is not over graphic.
Feb 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
I don't know why I started this book. I do not like Danielle Steel's writing. She repeats herself. Her story lines are "out there."
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
I have been trying to read this book for six months and I am only on page 46. Those of you who know how fast I read can tell from that number that this book just doesn't hold my interest.
Sep 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
I was extremely disappointed in the writting style. This story was so full of unneeded description that it was hard to read.
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is so bad that I literally joined Goodreads just so I could vent about it. I've read Steel off and on for many years but after a very long break while I was in grad school, I decided to read all of her books in the interest of starting what I'd finished. (Was that right?) Maybe I've just got too much education now to be able to enjoy her or maybe she's just a TERRIBLE writer. This book is so awful that it was downright painful to finish and insulting to the reader. Is she repetitive? Y ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
What a selfish spoiled rotten little brat! She complains constantly about how terrible her life as a princess is. Compares it to a prison. I'm sure there are so many people in the world who would trade places with her in a second. Even after seeing how terrible some people live, she still thinks her life is horrendous. I understand feeling like you have no choice in your life choices, but this is over the top.
I got so sick of "for the first time in my life I want to be normal" and "after this I
Karen Corvan
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a modern fairy tale. …. Princess from Liechtenstein was allowed to attend The University of Calif. at Berkeley where she earned her degree. While there, she lived as plain “Cricky” instead of Her Serene Highness Princess Christianna. (She did have two security guards watching her though.) Now her father expects her to take up her responsibilities at home even though as a female she can never rule the country. Her elder brother lives the life of a spoiled rich royal knowing that his fathe ...more
Sandy Holmberg
Jan 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read a few Danielle Steel books many years ago and now I remember why I haven't read more. This book was AWFUL!!! The writing was poor and extremely repetitive. The entire book could have been three chapters. If she said once, than she said a million times, that she had to "Do her duty." or "Follow what my father says." What a weak lead character and the supporting characters were not much better. I grabbed this book as I was in a hurry to start a trip and wanted something to listen to on the ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I actually thought that the plot had some promise but the author did not do a very good job. The conflict of the main charakter is repeated over and over again and her character has absolutely no progress. She does not grow from the situation and I would think when you see the really poor people, you not only learn from them, but also for yourself. You learn for life. This character learns absolutely nothing.
In the end the author does not even solve the conflict. In the end the author takes the
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-2017
I'm not saying all Danielle Steel books are terrible. I used to enjoy her books when I read them many many years ago. But I have grown as a reader and now her books seem sickly sweet and the writing is just lazy. The characters in this book (and I mean ALL of them) cried about everything. There was so much crying going on in this story, it's a miracle the pages weren't soaked through. Plus, the mind-numbing repetitiveness of the info dump which had no end, made my head hurt. I still have one boo ...more
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Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for ...more
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