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Princess in Love Paperback – 7 Oct 1996

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671516655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671516659
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book was a total waste of money. Thankfully, I got it at a used book sale (and didn't have to pay the full price), although it was brand new. Obviously, the previous owner likewise couldn't get through it. It is BAD. Really, really bad. I think the Royal Family has nothing to fear, because I cannot imagine that many people can get farther than page 30... after that, the gag reflex just gets too strong. And speaking of 30 pages... the subject matter isn't enough for a whole book. This should have been a 3-page article in a magazine, but here it's stretched and puffed up with stuff that we've all read a hundred times before in other, much better written books on Diana. What's bad about it? Everything. While the subject (OK, I admit to a perverse curiosity about the sex, and I am very ashamed of myself) is not exactly tasteful, the writing is downright awful (Ms. Pasternak, DO get another job or start writing romance novels), and it reveals The Rat for what he obviously is: a totally conceited, arrogant, dumb prick. Poor Diana - serious case of bad taste in men, but then again, to the hungry, even a moon looks like a pear! This book is about a sexual affair that Diana had with Hewitt. The authors are trying to portray it as a great love affair (and in their effort are sounding almost Victorian, as if your darling maiden aunt Ethel were describing it). However, if it WERE a great love affair, they wouldn't be writing a book about it... and trying to make a buck out of the poor woman. Here are some samples of the writing:
Opening sentence: "A froth of self-satisfaction filled the room". "From the moment he caught her entrance, Captain James Hewitt was aware of Diana..... with a protective sense of excitement and relief." And speaking of sex: ...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sally Denise Kirkpatrick on 16 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
James Hewitt is typical of his type. He likes people to see things his way. He no doubt is still enjoying his notoriety as the man who had the affair with the princess, and the still constant rumours that he is the father of prince Harry, which is, of course, nonsense. Considering Harry was born in 1984, and the affair began in 1986, that would be somewhat amazing, and totally impossible.

Anna Pasternak seemed to have had an unrequited love affair with her subject, who was enjoying his reputation as the lover of the princess, and I am astonished that this utterly ridiculous book is still available, and that people still want to buy it. Surely, those with some sense wouldn't even give it house room, and I count myself as one of those. I well remember the fuss when it was originally published and I certainly will not be buying it now. Oh dear, Mr. Hewitt. Sorry to hear that you are now penniless and feeling rather hard done by. Shame.
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By MR GRAHAM K WHEELER on 21 April 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent read. Great value. My wife could not put it down. Compelling reading from first page to the last. Will recommend it to her friends.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Read with royal relish 4 May 2008
By Kona - Published on
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
Actor Patrick Macnee reads the audio book version of the royal affair between Diana and James Hewitt, which is based on his interviews. Diana's marriage had already dissolved and she was insecure and needy when she met the handsome army captain who became her riding instructor. According to the book, Diana fairly pounced on the innocent young man and enticed him into a relationship; he was happy to "do his duty to crown and country" by giving her the unconditional love and support she craved. The affair lasted for years and when they broke up, he was devastated. (No mention is made of his selling his story to the media and going public with her love letters.)

Fans of Diana will probably not learn anything new here, but it is the mellifluous voice of Patrick Macnee, brimming with fatherly pride when describing Hewitt's honor, mournfully describing the tragic parting, and lingering joyfully over the passionate passages that makes this worth listening to. Every sentence is filled with effusive, bodice-ripping melodrama and Macnee clearly loves every minute of it.

Since this is based solely on Hewitt's account, he comes off as a romantic hero while Diana is the relentless aggressor who ensnares him into committing treason. No matter; it's a hoot.
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Not Recommended 9 Mar. 2011
By McIntyre - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was promoted as a tasteless tell-all concerning the affair of Diana and James Hewitt. Some of my high school literature stories had more tasteless detail than this book.

Considering Diana broke-off the relationship (out of guilt), this book should be titled James Hewitt's Revenge.

Funny Camilla was never moved to write about her affair with Prince Charles but then Charles did not end the relationship. I suppose Charles never felt any guilt for his and Camilla's actions.

I would not recommend this book for anyone.
Not a very good book 28 Aug. 2013
By Judy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The author repeats herself so much that it made this book dull. No one knows the true story, as Princess Di is not here to defend herself. James Hewitt saw a way to make money, so he agreed to this book. Glad I didn't purchase it - found it at a library book sale where it will be returned.
Princess Diana 3 Jan. 2014
By Jeannie Taylor - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Princess Diana. I have the book to. She had a sad life. To bad that her and James did not have a life together. He was better to her than her own husband. I hope that Charles is paying for it and marrying that woman. Diana was so beautiful.
Good book 5 Dec. 2013
By Linda - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this for a family member who is in to the "Royals" and of course Princess Di is her favor. Excellent book.
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