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I just got this book from my local library, it was new in and came in large print. The book was a bit heavy being a hard back but was a throughly entertaining read.
I must admit being a bit of a Danielle Steel fan, I love the way she doesnt go into too much detail as other books do and keeps the reader guessing as to what happens next.
This book is about a Serene Princess from Liechtenstein, shes 23 years of age and has just spent 4 years attending college in Berkeley.
She has had alot of freedom while she has been away at college and on arriving back home to the palace where her father lives, and her brother(who is always off partying somewhere) she is expected to carry out royal duties, like cutting ribbons and attending state affairs with her father, as her mother passed away while she was young and didnt remarry.
Danielle Steel, tells it as if Christianna (Serene Princess) is bored and seeks something more worthwhile. When seeing a disaster on the television Christianna decides to goto the disaster with her two body guards. While there she see another way of life helping people hands on.
On returning to the Royal Palace she begs her father to let her join the Red Cross for 6 months to a year, and after gaining some reassurances from the head of the Red Cross he gives in and lets her go. As long as her two body guards go with her.
She travels to East Africa and joins an Aids camp with other volunteers. She stays 9 months in all and in that time she witnessess death, love and friendship.
She falls deeply in love with a doctor who comes to the camp and keeps her identity secret until he proposes marriages, and then she tells him who she is and that she could never marry a commoner.
He returns to USA but they keep in touch and when she returns to the palace, they agree a roundavous in Paris. The newspapers spots them and her father forbids her from seeing him.
They are deeply in love and cant see a way out.
Her brother returns to the palace after months of being a playboy and while out with their father they both get killed.
Christianna against all tradition, has to take the throne and become Her Royal Highness (HRH).
Will the lovers re-unite?
I wont tell you the ending, Danielle Steel explores the avenues of family loyalty and duty, against love and marriage. I like the way she has made Christianna a lovely, likeable lady who trusts her father completely.
It was a great read and hard to put down. I beautiful story of love conquering all