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Princess   By: (1853-1895)

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Princess by M. G. McClelland is a heartwarming tale that takes readers on a captivating journey of self-discovery and the true meaning of love. Set in a picturesque kingdom, the story revolves around the life of Princess Amelia, a young woman whose world is turned upside down when her parents pass away, leaving her to carry the weight of the crown at a tender age.

From the very first page, McClelland skillfully hooks readers with her elegant prose and vivid imagery, transporting them to a realm where royalty and ordinary citizens coexist. Through the eyes of Princess Amelia, we witness her struggles and triumphs, her dreams and fears, as she navigates her role as a leader while battling personal doubts and societal expectations.

The characterization in Princess is truly commendable. Princess Amelia is a relatable and highly admirable protagonist, as she fights against the confines of being a princess and yearns for something greater than a life bound by duties. McClelland’s portrayal of her growth and transformation throughout the story is believable and serves as an inspiration to young readers who may find themselves lost in life's unpredictable journey.

One of the book's strongest elements is the development of the romantic subplot. McClelland subtly weaves a tale of blossoming love between Princess Amelia and a charming young man named Alexander. Their interactions are beautifully written, allowing readers to experience the tingling emotions of first love alongside the characters. The author presents a refreshing perspective on love, highlighting the importance of finding a partner who accepts and supports one's dreams rather than hinder them.

Moreover, the pacing of the book is well-maintained, allowing readers to engage with the story at a steady and enticing rhythm. The author balances tender moments of introspection with thrilling events that keep readers on the edge of their seats. McClelland's attention to detail when describing the kingdom and its surroundings is exceptional, ensuring that readers are fully immersed in the enchanting world she has created.

If there is one aspect of Princess that could be improved upon, it is the development of certain secondary characters. While Princess Amelia shines as the anchor, some of the supporting cast members lack depth and could benefit from further exploration. Nonetheless, this minor issue does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Princess is a dazzling story that captures the essence of finding oneself amidst adversity. M. G. McClelland's writing captivates readers with her enchanting prose, well-built characters, and a poignant message about the power of love and self-belief. This book is an exceptional addition to the young adult genre, appealing to both young and older readers alike.

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E text prepared by Al Haines

American Authors' Series, No. 17.

PRINCESS

by

M. G. McCLELLAND

Author of "Oblivion," "Jean Monteith," "Eleanor Gwynn," Etc.

New York: United States Book Company Successors to John W. Lovell Company 150 Worth St., Cor Mission Place Copyright, 1886, by Henry Holt & Co.

With love and admiration,

I dedicate this book to the memory of my friend,

THOMAS ALEXANDER SEDDON.

PRINCESS.

CHAPTER I.

When the idea of a removal to Virginia was first mooted in the family of General Percival Smith, ex Brigadier in the United States service, it was received with consternation and a perfect storm of disapproval. The young ladies, Norma and Blanche, rose as one woman loud in denunciation, vehement in protest fell upon the scheme, and verbally sought to annihilate it. The country! A farm!! The South!!! The idea was untenable, monstrous. Before their outraged vision floated pictures whereof the foreground was hideous with cows, and snakes, and beetles; the middle distance lurid with discomfort, corn bread, and tri weekly mails; the background lowering with solitude, ennui, and colored servants.

Rusticity, nature, sylvan solitudes, and all that, were exquisite bound in Russia, with gold lettering and tinted leaves; wonderfully alluring viewed at leisure with the gallery to one's self, and the light at the proper angle, charmingly attractive behind the footlights, but in reality! to the feeling of these young ladies it could be best appreciated by those who had been born to it... Continue reading book >>




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