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Prince Charming [Mass Market Paperback]

Julie Garwood
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Feb. 1 1995
Bestselling author Julie Garwood's classic love story is filled with "the humor, the sweetness, and the sensuality" (Publishers Weekly) that have made her "a trusted brand name in romantic fiction" (People).
Only her beloved grandmother, Lady Esther, knew how devastated Taylor Stapleton had been when her fiancé eloped with Taylor's cousin. Now dear Esther -- one of London's richest and most formidable matriarchs -- lies dying. But first she was going to help Taylor pull off the scam of the season.
To escape becoming a ward of her unscrupulous uncle, Taylor would wed Lucas Ross, a rugged American rancher. Lady Esther's money would enable Ross to return home to Montana. Taylor had her own urgent reason to go to America...a precious legacy she hadn't revealed to Ross, for they had agreed to part ways once they reached Boston. But as her handsome new husband spoke of life in Montana, Taylor began planning a new future. To Taylor, the wide-open spaces of Montana sounded like paradise....

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From Publishers Weekly

The opening line of Garwood's ( Saving Grace ) latest novel, "The vultures were gathering in the vestibule," aptly sets the tone for the machinations to follow. These "vultures" (of 1868 vintage) are the greedy relatives of Lady Esther Stapleton awaiting the death of their wealthy kin. Worst of the lot is Esther's son, Malcolm, a devious and demented gentleman who is unaware that his vigil is useless: his mother has already transferred her wealth from England to a Boston bank in the name of her favorite granddaughter, Taylor. To shield Taylor from Malcolm's wrath, Esther arranges for the girl to marry Lucas Ross, a Montana rancher itching to end his visit to England. The couple readily agree to the plan: Lucas needs the money to bring his younger brother to America, and Taylor knows Lucas's protection is the only way she can safeguard her tiny orphaned nieces from Malcolm, whose sexual appetite runs to the very young. The marriage is to be annulled as soon as they reach the States, but love has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans. Garwood pads her story with pages of intricate detail (bathing, shopping, decor, traveling, etc.) that ultimately slow the pace to a crawl. Readers can enjoy this book for the humor, the sweetness and the sensuality.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Compelled to action by the death of her adored grandmother, unconventional Lady Taylor Stapleton agrees to marry Lucas Ross, a man she has never met, and accompany him to America temporarily, all in an effort to save her two young nieces from their greedy and lecherous uncle. But all does not go as planned, and when the girls are kidnapped, Taylor and Lucas are forced to continue their matrimonial charade. Despite the thread of child abuse, sexual and otherwise, woven throughout the story, Garwood's latest offering (following Saving Grace, Pocket Bks., 1993) is light and funny, featuring lively dialog, swift-moving action, and a wonderfully outspoken heroine. Garwood readers might also enjoy books by Amanda Quick and Judith McNaught.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars could have been better... May 12 2003
By S. Lin
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Honestly, I was thinking of putting this book down numerous times, but I just didn't want to do homework.
The beginning was confusing. I had no idea what was going on and how they came to know each other because from the descriptions given when they saw each other, I was given the impression that they had never met before and it was instant attraction. Apparently, they were already married.
For J.G., it wasn't her best. There were just too many things going on at the same time. What with her almost getting raped, the abduction of the twins, Victoria and Hunter's romance, Lucas' hatred for Caulder, Malcolm, William, Callahagn. It was all very distracting. The final scene was very anticlimatic because after all the suspense of wondering what her BAD, BAD uncle would do, it was over in a second. And the issue between Lucas and Caulder never did get resolved. It was just too messy. Unlike with her more organized books, such as The Bride and The Wedding, the extra events only seemed to clutter up the story instead of enhancing it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very, very boring Feb. 7 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Couldn't get into this one. Everything just fell flat. I finished the book only because I started it, but it took me three whole weeks. Doing the dishes became a priority over reading this book! That's saying something because my motto is "Behind every good book is a lot of housework going to hell!" Taylor's character started out with promise. I enjoyed the close bond between Grandmother and Granddaughter. However; once Lucas and Taylor traveled to America to pick up "her babies" the story lost its luster with me. What kind of person would want these girls to instantly call her "Mama" and Lucas "Daddy" with no mention of the children's real parents. It didn't appear that the children had been abused by their birth parents and it did appear that Taylor loved her sister, the twins' true mother, so why lie to these children and give the reader the impression that the birth parents will never be mentioned to them again? I'm sure the mother and father wouldn't have died if they could have helped it! What's wrong with being called Aunt Taylor and Uncle Lucas by the twins, for that's who they truly are? For that matter, I'm sure the twins had a last name other than Ross, but, for some reason Taylor believed their true surname should be obliterated from their identity too. This Taylor chick was just too bossy and opinionated and quite frankly a liar. Almost all through the book she lied to someone, mostly to Lucas. Then Victoria got into the act and started pretending to be sick just to help Taylor lie to the guys. Also, Garwood overdid the discipline problems of the kids. In this day and age, we all know what time-out is. I do, however, find it hard to believe that a very young woman, thrown into parenthood in the 1860's would automatically know what time-out was or the studies surrounding it. Historically, children were not disciplined the way we discipline now, so why try to combine the two in a historical novel? I guess she was just a mother/aunt ahead of her time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could barely finish it... Oct. 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Her first book I read was Castles and absolutely loved it. Then I read Guardian Angel and loved that one too. Then I read Prince Charming and couldn't believe they were written by the same author. The book was a complete bore but kept reading hoping it would get better. It didn't. Taylor was bossy, overbearing, unfeeling and a know-it-all. Lucas was a charming hero, but I actually enjoyed Hunter and Victoria more in this book, though there wasn't much of a storyline involving them. It got kind of monotonous the way we had to know every little thing the children did and I thought it amazing how she stepped into the role of mother to 3 kids that weren't hers (it irritated me the way it was 'her son' and 'her daughter'and 'his son' and 'his daughter')was so perfect at it. She had no flaws and I can't understand what the attraction was between her and 'Mr. Ross'. The plot was boring and the story was not entertaining at all. It also focused very little on how the hero and heroine really felt about each other. Her style of writing was much different in this book than in the other two I mentioned and while I couldn't put the other two down, I had trouble getting myself to pick this one up and trudging on with it. It seemed as if it had been thrown together. I do have other books I recently bought of hers, but one reviewer said they weren't good and if they are written anything at all like this one, they probably aren't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars how could you not love it? Sept. 25 2002
By Amy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i have been a fan of julie garwood since i haphazardly picked up "the bride" and fell in love with her optimistic and romantic writting. This is one of my favorite book by mrs. garwood.
This story of an heriess, taylor, hell bent on saving her two nieces in america and Lucas, a rugged man from the american frontier just as hell bent on saving taylor. Their marriage was one of convience to help taylor gain access to her inheirtance and get her to america but the love that developes between the two characters is heartwarming.
I love garwood's heroes as the reluctantly chivalrous men trying their damnest not to be drawn to garwood's heriones. I love taylor's spunk and determination. Though she is naively innocent she can wield a gun with the best of them. Little oddities like that are what always make garwood's work so much fun to read.
i definitely enjoyed this book. i couldn't stop reading it which is always a good sign in my opinion. try it out and be ready to be a fan:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm going to read everything by Julie Garwood.
Published 2 months ago by Terri
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince Charming is Charmingly Delightful!
1868, England and USA
It appears from the reviews of other readers that this book is one you enjoyed or one you didn't. I'm one who did! Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Nancy Compton
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Garwood
I love Julie Garwood's style and spirit in all her writings, but Prince Charming is by far my favorite. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars First one and probably last one
This is the first Julie Garwood book that I've read and it will probably be the last. The conflict between the main characters is very contrived and the historical accuracy was... Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars One that is Forgotten
"Prince Charming" is one of the books from Julie Garwood that seem to get lost in the tides of the others, such as "For the Roses. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003 by Jennifer French
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong Beginning Fizzles Fast
JG is one of the best. I simply don't know what happened to her creativity on this one. The beginning was very interesting, and Lucas and Taylor seemed perfectly matched. Read more
Published on May 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This book definitely deserve 5 stars
I am an avid reader of Garwood and i really, truly believe this is one of her best. No matter how other people rates it, Prince Charming is a great read. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2002 by "lavander-blue"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
I found this book to be wonderful. I loved the plot and the character development. I've read other Garwood books, and intend to buy even more!
Published on Aug. 12 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A Garwood Favorite
I have read all of Ms. Garwood's books. PRINCE CHARMING is a great story and for those who like a little western in their romances, this one is perfect. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2002 by "cowgirlwithagun"
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