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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451208838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451208835
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,048,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 7 May 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this story set in the Highlands of Victorian Scotland, we meet Christina Blackburn & Aedan MacBride. There's a legend in the MacBride family about a sleeping princess and a curse, a little like Sleeping Beauty & Briar Rose. Aedan has a copy of a painting based on the legend, to the mortification of the model, Christina.
For she is an antiquarian for the national museum, sent on a trip to Aedan's land to check out a discovery, that could lead to Aedan losing his home..
This is a gripping read, especially if you enjoy books based on fairy tales and legends. The twist in the end also is good, though not quite so unexpected. This was my first Susan King book, and I'd like to read more..
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Masterful and beautiful! 15 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I absolutely love Susan King's writing style, and I have loved each of her books so far--they are always exquisitely crafted, with a warmth at the heart of each story that is irresistible and unforgettable. In a genre of quick reads that just don't stick with the reader for very long, here is a writer who delivers quality and satisfaction for readers who love romance, yet often find themselves hungry for substance in a story.
WAKING THE PRINCESS is another beautifully rendered story by a truly gifted storyteller. THis is a book to savor for its wonderful characters, its unusual and compelling story--pay attention, and you will be immensely rewarded. If you are used to fast, lite reads, you may not "get it" but that may be your loss. This is a sensitively crafted story written with a lyrical tone. Aedan and Christina are compelling, sympathetic, very real characters, deeply challenged by their pasts and their emotions, and forced to deal with their own private fears in order to grab at the chance for true love at last. The whole story, the setting, the characters, the plot, are convincingly created and lavishly constructed. The reader is drawn into the story completely--the whole world went away while I read, and that is something that is difficult to achieve in any genre.
I am a high school English teacher, not that it makes me an expert, but it definitely gives me an appreciation for good, even great, writing, and for solid story structure. I love historical romance, but find myself often disappointed by current trends. Susan King is always the exception for me--and she is an exceptional writer, a very talented novelist. The beautiful, complex artistry in WAKING THE PRINCESS transcends much of the genre. It reads like a much bigger book, like a hardback novel. Her books are always fresh, different, and beautiful. If you love an intelligent story and romance that will sweep you off your feet, if you long for something different and really fresh, try any one of Susan King's books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful story of love & redemption 26 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an "adult" romance in all the best ways -- intense, intelligent, and wonderfully written. While Ms. King is best known for her Scottish medievals, she brings a fresh voice to a Victorian setting that brings this lush, romantic era to glowing life. Her characters are memorable, their love intense on many levels, culminating in a marvelous, unforgettable ending. If you're tired of the same-old, same-old frothy regency-era books that are flooding the market, give WAKING THE PRINCESS a try -- you won't be disappointed.
A charming winner 3 Sep 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1858 Edinburgh, though museum antiquarian expert Christina Blackburn wants to acquire the Dundrennan collection, she prefers to avoid traveling there. Christina knows that the MacBrides who reside at Dundrennan own the scandalous painting that she posed for in her youth and hides from it ever since in garbs to bury her beauty. No one else with the skills is available so a reluctant Christina agrees to go, but hopes that her frumpy wardrobe hides the fact that she was the model.
Upon arriving at the home of Sir Aedan Arthur MacBride, Christina sees her notorious portrait on display. He feels that if he links her to the picture, her credibility will be destroyed. Aedan finds himself quite attracted to his guest and wonders if the legend of the painting could be true that he is the handsome man WAKING THE PRINCESS with love.
Susan King's Victorian romantic rendition of Sleeping Beauty is a charming winner that will provide readers with quite an entertaining time. The story line is clever and witty as the lead couple struggles to avoid what seems obvious to everyone else is their kismet, fulfilling the legend. If a reader can only choose only one historical over the summer, WAKING THE PRINCESS is a strong choice though released late ins season in time for the Labor Weekend.
Harriet Klausner
Breathtaking... 19 April 2004
By Adria Todd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was an excellent, excellent story, my first book by this author. Aedan was definitely all-man; sexy, handsome, smart, gentle, and yes, ruthless, when needed. Christina was lovely, just so perfect for Aedan. Edgar was a perfectly done villian. He was a prig, yet slightly evil at the same time.
This book had the kind of dialogue I love - very intense, deep, and emotional. The author just entrances the reader when Aedan & Christina are together, especially intimately. And there were witty parts, most notably when Aedan & Christina were sitting on his horse in the pouring rain and Edgar arrived. But...there were a few boring spots I found tedious. However, after a while, they faded altogether and the book became a real page turner.
Outstanding... 20 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Such intense dialogue, and obvious true love between Aedan and Christina puts this book at the top of the list as an all-time favorite of mine. Yes, it dragged in places and that wasn't good, but overall this book was well worth reading; it leaves you with a smile on your face. There wasn't an uncool bone in Aedan's body! He was the best; he kind of reminded me of some of Madeline Hunter's heros, another great author.
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