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H.R.H. | [Danielle Steel]

H.R.H.

In a novel in which ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity can win the day, and forever alters her world. Determined to make a difference in the world, she persuades her father to let her volunteer for the Red Cross in East Africa.
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Publisher's Summary

In a novel in which ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity can win the day, and forever alters her world.

In blue jeans and a pullover, Princess Christianna is a young woman of her times: born in Europe, educated in America, worried about the future of the world she lives in, responsible beyond her years. Christianna is the only daughter of the Reigning Prince of a European nation that takes its royalty seriously – and her father has ironclad plans for Christianna's life, a burden that is almost unbearable.

Now, after four years at Berkeley, life in her father's palace cannot distract Christianna from what she sees outside the kingdom: the suffering of children, the ravages of terrorism and disease. Determined to make a difference in the world, she persuades His Royal Highness, her father, to let her volunteer for the Red Cross in East Africa. And for Christianna, a journey of discovery, change, and awakening begins.

Under a searing East African sun, Christianna plunges into the dusty, bustling life of an international relief camp, finding a passion and a calling among the brave doctors and volunteers. Finally free from the scrutiny of her royal life, Christianna struggles to keep her identity a secret from her new friends and coworkers – and even from Parker Williams, the young doctor from Doctors Without Borders who works alongside Christianna and shares her dedication to healing. But as violence approaches and invades the camp, and the pressures of her royal life beckon her home, Christianna's struggle for freedom takes an extraordinary turn. By a simple twist of fate, in one shocking moment, Christianna's life is changed forever in ways she never could have foreseen.

©2006 Danielle Steel; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

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    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 07-01-13
    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Story of True Love"

    Jay Sanders does an outstanding job making the personalities of the characters come to life. A tale of true love and commitment of family, mankind and community. I loved every moment! You may need a box of Kleenex:)

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    Amanda SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 06-25-13
    Amanda SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring"
    What would have made H.R.H. better?

    This book it way to slow


    Would you ever listen to anything by Danielle Steel again?

    I love Danielle steels book and always read them and cant put them down but i couldnt get into this one


    What didn’t you like about Jay O. Sanders’s performance?

    boring monatone voice


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanisha Meriden, CT, United States 06-19-12
    Tanisha Meriden, CT, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2011

    a lover of books and finer things

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    "Boring!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes the fairy princess waiting for someone to rescue her instead of her rescuing herself and making decisions about her life.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer


    Which character – as performed by Jay O. Sanders – was your favorite?

    Didn't have one.


    What character would you cut from H.R.H.?

    The main character.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Danielle Steel books especially Southern Lights but this one was just bad. The main character just whined about her life instead of taking it by the horns and living it. She had the means and opportunity but didn't look at the chances in front of her. She let life fall upon her instead of living it. The book doesn't start to have any action in it until the end and by that time you don't want to listen to anymore. I understand the HRH was young but this was more of a teenage romance novel than a adult romance novel. I can't even call it a light read because there was so much repetitiveness that it consumed most of the book. Danielle Steel's other books are much better. I would suggest you save your money or credit and use it for another selection.

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    NM USA 03-20-10
    NM USA 03-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "sickly sweet book"

    The story is about princess (of course!), her ideal life and her nice personality. This is the most sickly sweet story I ever listen to. Author repeats the same phrases over and over again. It is very annoying for anybody with decent memory.

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    06-26-07
    06-26-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "Easy listening"

    Good for beach or poolside. Danielle Steele has put out much better, but this was still enjoyable.

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    Nicole Binghamton, NY, United States 05-06-07
    Nicole Binghamton, NY, United States 05-06-07
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    "Unlike the typical Steel book"

    Although Danielle Steel is usually pretty good, this book is excellent, and quite different from her standard books. I highly recommend this book!

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    Lori Brookings, SD, USA 04-27-07
    Lori Brookings, SD, USA 04-27-07 Member Since 2006

    I love Audible! I knit and crochet. I have 3 children & have been married for 23.

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    "Whew!"

    Are you a crier? Well read this. I love Danielle Steel's books. Sometimes it gets exhausting the crying.

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    Lisa Fairbanks, AK, USA 03-02-07
    Lisa Fairbanks, AK, USA 03-02-07
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    "H.R.H."

    Another stunning novel by Danielle Steel. It takes across the African planes and into beautiful palaces. This novel was somewhat better than her usual novel, I would higly recommend this one!

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    gracie 02-20-07
    gracie 02-20-07 Member Since 2002
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    "H.R.H."

    I dont usually cry while listening to a story but this one had me sobbing through most of it. It was a fabulous book. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Marietta, GA, USA 12-12-06
    Sara Marietta, GA, USA 12-12-06
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    "SSLLOOWW"

    Okay, I've always liked Danielle Steele books, but this one is putting me to sleep! I'm just a few hours into the recording and I keep wondering if it will ever end or how much more I'll have to endure. Not a good sign for an avid "listener" like me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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