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"In this sweeping, immersive novel, A Most English Princess draws readers into the mesmerizing world of the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria - Princess Vicky - as she emerges into a powerful force in her own right and ascends to become the first German Empress.” (Marie Benedict, New York Times best-selling author of The Only Woman in the Room)

Perfect for fans of the BBC's Victoria, Alison Pataki's The Accidental Empress, and Daisy Goodwin's Victoria, this debut novel tells the gripping and tragic story of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.

To the world, she was Princess Victoria, daughter of a queen, wife of an emperor, and mother of Kaiser Wilhelm. Her family just called her Vicky...smart, pretty, and self-assured, she changed the course of the world. 

January 1858: Princess Victoria glides down the aisle of St. James Chapel to the waiting arms of her beloved, Fritz, Prince Frederick, heir to the powerful kingdom of Prussia. Although theirs is no mere political match, Vicky is determined that she and Fritz will lead by example, just as her parents Victoria and Albert had done, and also bring about a liberal and united Germany. 

Brought up to believe in the rightness of her cause, Vicky nonetheless struggles to thrive in the constrained Prussian court, where each day she seems to take a wrong step. And her status as the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria does little to smooth over the conflicts she faces. 

But handsome, gallant Fritz is always by her side, as they they navigate court intrigue, and challenge the cunning Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, while fighting for the throne - and the soul of a nation. At home they endure tragedy, including their son, Wilhelm, rejecting all they stand for. 

Clare McHugh tells the enthralling and riveting story of Victoria, the Princess Royal - from her younger years as the apple of her father Albert's eyes through her rise to power atop the mighty German empire to her final months of life. 

©2020 Clare McHugh (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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A Great Book

Loved the story, interesting with lots of historical events and people, an easy enjoyable listen.
Great! narration.
Will look out for more books by this author.

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  • Trudy D
  • 28-10-20

A most delightful audiobook

Every now and then something about this book would pop into my head. I didn't have the time for an extensive reread so I purchased the audiobook. It was the best credit I ever spent. I devoured the story while listening. The narrator did such an amazing job. She put emotions into the book that I had not. It made a huge difference. I can only hope the author writes another book soon.

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  • Meg
  • 25-12-20

Ended abruptly..

This was a great story but I felt like they chopped off what should have been the second half of the story and jumped to the epilogue. Just felt like it was flowing well and the author got tired of writing or something...

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  • KarenLee
  • 31-05-21

Peculiar

Missed so much of her life story. Ended abruptly before Fritz’s death . I kept thinking I had missed several chapters but alas- bogged down in politics and missing so much of her remarkable life and widowhood

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  • DeneenAngela
  • 23-10-20

Interesting and involved novel

The novel assessed complex social and cultural differences in a highly interesting manner. I thought the details were critical to full understanding of a leadership family existence.

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  • Kim
  • 23-10-20

Great

Wonderful book and narrator!! Fills in some interesting history. I recommend strongly. Love the ending.

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  • Love Music
  • 26-10-20

One of the all-time best

Absolutely brilliant, nuanced, illuminating historical fiction. Utterly mesmerizing and wonderful. PLUS a sensational narration -- perfect I'd say.

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  • Linda E. Wilson
  • 23-10-20

Loved this book!

I listened to this book on Audible. After watching the show Victoria in PBS, this book was an excellent extension of Victoria’s eldest daughter. I enjoyed the book very much.

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  • Shiloah Baker
  • 28-05-21

Great narration and story

While the cover is lovely, it doesn’t give justice to the story within. It is a historical fiction story based on truth. Much history within. I loved the story of Vicky and Fritz. Vicky was Victoria’s eldest daughter.
I can’t say enough about how excellent the story and writing are.

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  • Andrew S.
  • 11-02-21

Fascinating

This was amazingly well done. The story gripping, and told beautifully by the narrator! Such a fascinating life Vicki had in Prussia!

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