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Long Live the King!

Mary Roberts Rinehart

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Did she fancy it, or did the figure salute her? Then came the quick ring of heels on the old stone pavement. She knew his footsteps, even as she knew every vibrant, eager inflection of his voice. He went away, across the Square, like one who, having bent his knee to a saint, turns back to the business of the world.

In the boudoir the Archduchess had picked up some knitting to soothe her jangled nerves. "You may play now, Hilda," she said.

Into Hilda's care-free young life came two bad hours each day. One was the dinner hour, when she ate under her mother's pitiless eyes. The other was the hour after dinner, when, alone in the white drawing-room beyond the boudoir, with the sliding doors open, she sat at the grand piano, which was white and gold, like the room, and as cold, and played to her mother's pitiless ears.

She went slowly into the drawing-room. Empty, it was a dreary place. The heavy chandeliers of gold and cut glass were unlighted. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I would give this 2 1/2 stars. This was my least favorite of the pre-1920 novels of Mary Roberts Rinehart. It's a Ruritanian tale with an unclear focus. There's the requisite princess who is supposed to marry against her heart's desire, the noble-but-socially-beneath-her young man who is supposed...more

Right after I finished reading "K," which I found delightful, I decided to try another by this author. Judging by the title, I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I loved the author's portrayal of the lonely little heir to the throne, and his interactions with--and his concerns for...more

I love Rinehart but I just could not read it any longer.

I didn't enjoy this book of Mary Roberts Rinehart as much as I've enjoyed other books of hers that I've read.

Rather fun. Full review to follow.

This could have been a sweet story, if Miss Rinehart had shortened it by 100+ pages. I have a number of her books downloaded on my kindle. I will try one more and see if this mistake is a one shot deal.

Fun, but dated sort of old-fashioned romance and adventure about the heir to a mythical European kingdom and the various intrigues around the palace. I liked it, but I skimmed quite a bit. Reminded me of The Prince and the Pauper.

Young crown prince Ferdinand William Otto is thrust into the role for which he was prepared, despite the intrigues of terrorists and treasonists.

It took me awhile to read this -- political intrigue -- in two fantasy countries in Europe -- revolutionaries wanted to do away with a kingdom for a republic -- a plot to kidnap the Crown Prince -- all in all, I'm not sure if I enjoyed it. I definitely will not read it again.

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