Prolific author Steel takes readers on
a fairy-tale journey in her latest as
she highlights the life of a princess,
from her personal tragedies to her
sense of wonder at finding enduring love. Christianna, the serene highness of Liechtenstein, is an admirable protagonist, a beautiful, wealthy young woman with a caring heart and a loving nature.
As they fall in love, Christianna informs him of her royal identity and her fear that her father would never approve of a marriage to a commoner. After they leave Africa for their respective homes, the two continue to meet in various romantic cities until tragedy befalls Christianna, and she discovers whether there is a future for her and Parker. (Delacorte, Nov., 336 pp., $27.00)