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She was born Princess Marguerite Alexandrovna Valensky. But everyone called her Daisy. She was a blonde beauty living in a world of aristocrats and countless wealthy. Her father was a prince, a Russian nobleman. Her mother was an American movie goddess. Men desired her. Women envied her. Daisy's life was a fairy tale filled with parties and balls, priceless jewels, money a She was born Princess Marguerite Alexandrovna Valensky. But everyone called her Daisy. She was a blonde beauty living in a world of aristocrats and countless wealthy. Her father was a prince, a Russian nobleman. Her mother was an American movie goddess. Men desired her. Women envied her. Daisy's life was a fairy tale filled with parties and balls, priceless jewels, money and love. Then, suddenly, the fairy tale ended. And Princess Daisy had to start again, with nothing--except the secret she guarded from the day she was born.


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She was born Princess Marguerite Alexandrovna Valensky. But everyone called her Daisy. She was a blonde beauty living in a world of aristocrats and countless wealthy. Her father was a prince, a Russian nobleman. Her mother was an American movie goddess. Men desired her. Women envied her. Daisy's life was a fairy tale filled with parties and balls, priceless jewels, money a She was born Princess Marguerite Alexandrovna Valensky. But everyone called her Daisy. She was a blonde beauty living in a world of aristocrats and countless wealthy. Her father was a prince, a Russian nobleman. Her mother was an American movie goddess. Men desired her. Women envied her. Daisy's life was a fairy tale filled with parties and balls, priceless jewels, money and love. Then, suddenly, the fairy tale ended. And Princess Daisy had to start again, with nothing--except the secret she guarded from the day she was born.

30 review for PRINCESS DAISY. Limited edition signed by Judith Krantz.

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    That lunchtime, all the women at work were talking about Princess Daisy, so I thought: what the hell, I'll read it. Some kind person lent me her copy. It's a strange book. The story-line and the characters are a ridiculous mishmash of stock elements, haphazardly spliced together: a playboy father, a beautiful mother, a cruel half-brother who incestuously rapes her, a brain-damaged younger sister she has to take care of. People keep falling in love, getting tragically killed, losing their money i That lunchtime, all the women at work were talking about Princess Daisy, so I thought: what the hell, I'll read it. Some kind person lent me her copy. It's a strange book. The story-line and the characters are a ridiculous mishmash of stock elements, haphazardly spliced together: a playboy father, a beautiful mother, a cruel half-brother who incestuously rapes her, a brain-damaged younger sister she has to take care of. People keep falling in love, getting tragically killed, losing their money in stock crashes, and things like that. Her portrayal of the British upper classes simply defies description. The weirdest thing of all, however, is that even though most of it is just nonsense cobbled together from movies and trash novels, she actually does know a lot about fashion. (She was a fashion journalist for a long time). So you'll be having some absurd seduction scene, and suddenly she'll break off for a detailed, apparently very sophisticated description of what the woman is wearing. I was reminded of the Monty Python sketch where they present a hard-boiled detective story with the focus mostly on what the wallpaper looks like. If you're the sort of person who enjoys leafing though old copies of Vogue (one of my best friends does), it's by no means impossible that you will enjoy this book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    boogenhagen

    I still reread this on occasion - utterly whacktastic and an absolute trainwreck of typhoonic proportions, but so much fun to read and then read again. JK was one of the best at the 80's boinkbuster, she is kinda like HPlandia on steroids with an order of megamagnitude. I still reread this on occasion - utterly whacktastic and an absolute trainwreck of typhoonic proportions, but so much fun to read and then read again. JK was one of the best at the 80's boinkbuster, she is kinda like HPlandia on steroids with an order of megamagnitude.

  3. 5 out of 5

    msjoonee

    Some situations were meant for the trashy novel. Beaches. Airplanes. Visa appointments. Judith Krantz is one of the best writers in this genre (yes, to me trashy novel is a genre) and "Princess Daisy" is the perfect combination of glamorous people, soap opera worthy plots and just enough sleaze. In the '80s, this was the sort of thing we read when we got past our Sweet Dreams/Sweet Valley High years and I have to say it beats Chick Lit (which to me was never a genre) by a mile. When i say "trash Some situations were meant for the trashy novel. Beaches. Airplanes. Visa appointments. Judith Krantz is one of the best writers in this genre (yes, to me trashy novel is a genre) and "Princess Daisy" is the perfect combination of glamorous people, soap opera worthy plots and just enough sleaze. In the '80s, this was the sort of thing we read when we got past our Sweet Dreams/Sweet Valley High years and I have to say it beats Chick Lit (which to me was never a genre) by a mile. When i say "trashy novel", i do not mean "trashy writing". Judith Krantz is actually a really good writer. She really takes you away and she can spin quite a story. The book spans continents and generations and is an epic tale about the life of a beautiful princess whose life takes several dramatic and unexpected turns. There are secrets! Betrayals! Affairs! Exotic locations! It's the literary equivalent of Spam...totally unnatural, probably very bad for you but SO YUMMY! I'll probably be in the mood to read this again someday but as it is the sort of book that always finds its way to Book Sale counters, I'm pretty sure i can find it again when i need it. In the meantime, "Princess Daisy" is up for grabs to the first person who decides to surrender to it. :) Don't overthink it, don't go all intellectual on it. Just grab a cocktail, kick back and enioy the ride. UP FOR GRABS!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Naksed

    This is one of those books that I snuck from my aunt's bookshelves when I was a poorly supervised early teen-ager :-) Looking back on it, it is a total campfest however I have to say that at the time, it fascinated me to no end and I think I ended up permanently hiding it and re-reading it many times. The high rating is a shout-out to those years where I was tentatively trying to explore the "forbidden fruit" through the safest way imaginable, the pages of a book, and Princess Daisy delivered on This is one of those books that I snuck from my aunt's bookshelves when I was a poorly supervised early teen-ager :-) Looking back on it, it is a total campfest however I have to say that at the time, it fascinated me to no end and I think I ended up permanently hiding it and re-reading it many times. The high rating is a shout-out to those years where I was tentatively trying to explore the "forbidden fruit" through the safest way imaginable, the pages of a book, and Princess Daisy delivered on all fronts. I will always have a fond memory of this book and Judith Krantz for that reason.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Margitte

    Pure nostalgia drives me to adding these books to my reading lists. Once upon a time it was one of the best books I've ever read. But that was when I was trying to find my own identity. Pure nostalgia drives me to adding these books to my reading lists. Once upon a time it was one of the best books I've ever read. But that was when I was trying to find my own identity.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mariel

    The movie is even more fun. Ringo Starr is in it (for those like me who love to watch him in lots of bad movies), and Rupert Everett manages to appear both gay and hot for his sister at the same time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rhianna Schoonover

    Read this one a long, LONG, time ago when I was a teenager. Its a good book for a teenager who wants very little meat to their book, but a lot of juicy. Like a lite beer, no calories & less filling. I will say that I remember this book, its characters, settings, and plot like the day I first read it. That stands to reason Judith Krantz is a good writer, it does stick with you when you've read it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a good mental read. If you want some fluff that is just Read this one a long, LONG, time ago when I was a teenager. Its a good book for a teenager who wants very little meat to their book, but a lot of juicy. Like a lite beer, no calories & less filling. I will say that I remember this book, its characters, settings, and plot like the day I first read it. That stands to reason Judith Krantz is a good writer, it does stick with you when you've read it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a good mental read. If you want some fluff that is just fun to read, this is a good book for you.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Martin

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Huston

    Creampuff contemporary romance novel full of family secrets, too beautiful heroine and plenty of scenery chewing. Still fun, however.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is the kind of romance novel that gives romance novels a good name. The people are glamorous whether they're wealthy or poor. The locations are evocative - New York, Venice, London, central coast of California. The plot is not about getting the guy but about the girl coming into her own. The bad guys are vanguished, the good guys come back from the brink of ruin and everything ends happily. I read this book because it was mentioned in Dark Currents as the main character's namesake and her m This is the kind of romance novel that gives romance novels a good name. The people are glamorous whether they're wealthy or poor. The locations are evocative - New York, Venice, London, central coast of California. The plot is not about getting the guy but about the girl coming into her own. The bad guys are vanguished, the good guys come back from the brink of ruin and everything ends happily. I read this book because it was mentioned in Dark Currents as the main character's namesake and her mother's favorite book. My life hasn't been enriched by reading it but my time was spent pleasantly.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Most of this book reads like a flash back, and it's quite disconcerting. In the first chapter, we meet 23-year-old Daisy setting up a shoot for a commercial. A few paragraphs later, her parents are posing with Infant Daisy for Life magazine. The second chapter begins to describe how Daisy's parents met, then rather abruptly skips back again in time to explain both of their childhoods. The book proceeds loosely chronologically from there, but even in 495 pages, that's a lot of time to cover. Ther Most of this book reads like a flash back, and it's quite disconcerting. In the first chapter, we meet 23-year-old Daisy setting up a shoot for a commercial. A few paragraphs later, her parents are posing with Infant Daisy for Life magazine. The second chapter begins to describe how Daisy's parents met, then rather abruptly skips back again in time to explain both of their childhoods. The book proceeds loosely chronologically from there, but even in 495 pages, that's a lot of time to cover. Therefore, most of the information is presented in a rather dry narrative, pausing here and there to include a scene or two of action or dialogue. The reader just barely gets interested in the current cast of characters and what's going on with Daisy before skipping ahead to the next important event in her life. Finally, by Chapter 14, we're back to the scene from Chapter 1, where Daisy's producing a commercial. Finally, the reader thinks, all will be action. Instead, this pattern continues, introducing each new character with tons of backstory, and staging very little of the "action" in front of the reader. It was really very exhausting to read and took quite a long time, which was surprising, because I very recently read another book by this author that was almost a hundred pages longer, but took me almost a week less to read. The plot of the book, which was mostly just the life of the main character, with a lot of interpersonal (and intrapersonal) conflict, was decent enough. Daisy herself was quite compelling. I'd just have liked less background information on everyone around her and more about her. Her dynamism doesn't really show until the very end of the book, and seems almost abrupt, like the climax was rushed. One of her main adversaries is neutralized in a very confusing way, that really did not seem true to the character, and her stunning realization about herself took place just pages before the end of the book. I would have liked to know more about how Daisy continues, more of an epilogue. This is the only way in which this book fails to give enough explanation. It's almost as if some editor decided the thing was getting to long and cut off the author before she was finished.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Wise

    A book a long time in my collection of undetermined source. Krantz's fictitious version of a princess in America, supposedly inspired by the story of Grace Kelly. About two thirds through this book I had yet to find a character with whom I could identify — all royalty and/or extremely wealthy and powerful. It contained, however, one of the best written seduction scenes I've ever read, and, I have to admit, I shed a couple of tears during the last few pages. I enjoyed it enough to add the author' A book a long time in my collection of undetermined source. Krantz's fictitious version of a princess in America, supposedly inspired by the story of Grace Kelly. About two thirds through this book I had yet to find a character with whom I could identify — all royalty and/or extremely wealthy and powerful. It contained, however, one of the best written seduction scenes I've ever read, and, I have to admit, I shed a couple of tears during the last few pages. I enjoyed it enough to add the author's other books to my reading list.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    read this one when I was a teenager and decided to revisit it. it was probably one of the first "trashy" novels I ever read. I remember I loved the movie. the book was as I remembered, long and very detailed and a good way to pass time and escape for a while. sometimes you need a fluff book in between the classics and serious books. read this one when I was a teenager and decided to revisit it. it was probably one of the first "trashy" novels I ever read. I remember I loved the movie. the book was as I remembered, long and very detailed and a good way to pass time and escape for a while. sometimes you need a fluff book in between the classics and serious books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna Graham

    A lot of blah blah blah after the first third. Having read this previously, ages ago, I skimmed most of the second half, Daisy's life in advertising far more in depth than I thought necessary. The end, however, was as stirring as always. A lot of blah blah blah after the first third. Having read this previously, ages ago, I skimmed most of the second half, Daisy's life in advertising far more in depth than I thought necessary. The end, however, was as stirring as always.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Risampm

    Yes. This is a totally cheesy book. I found it in a library on vacation when I was like 17 and I loved it. LOVED it. I love to reread it. It is the perfect combo of romance, cheese and hilarity. Great for a summer read, not great for an in depth conversation.

  16. 5 out of 5

    jeffrey

    A basically interesting story larded with flowery, overly dramatic language. It sometimes reads like a "J Crewe" catalog, wherein a scene is interrupted by a pointlessly detailed description of a dress, sweater or a pair of pants. One last thought: reading the recent obituary of Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy's younger sister, I've come to believe "Princess Daisy" is a 'Roman a clef' of Lee Radziwill's life, or at least a roughly parallel story. A basically interesting story larded with flowery, overly dramatic language. It sometimes reads like a "J Crewe" catalog, wherein a scene is interrupted by a pointlessly detailed description of a dress, sweater or a pair of pants. One last thought: reading the recent obituary of Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy's younger sister, I've come to believe "Princess Daisy" is a 'Roman a clef' of Lee Radziwill's life, or at least a roughly parallel story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    It was a good book and a good miniseries with Lindsay Wager, Stacy Keech, Robert Urich. A movie star marries an exiled Russian Prince. They have twin daughters, but when he sees that one of this is mentally retarded, he institutionalizes her and tells the mother that she died. When she later discovers that he lied to her, she leaves him and moves back to the states. She is killed and the twins are returned to Europe where he once again separates them. The movie scene of the separation was wrenc It was a good book and a good miniseries with Lindsay Wager, Stacy Keech, Robert Urich. A movie star marries an exiled Russian Prince. They have twin daughters, but when he sees that one of this is mentally retarded, he institutionalizes her and tells the mother that she died. When she later discovers that he lied to her, she leaves him and moves back to the states. She is killed and the twins are returned to Europe where he once again separates them. The movie scene of the separation was wrenching. Daisy, the normal one, grows to love her father, but he is killed in a plane crash when she is a teenager. Her older evil brother (played masterfully by Rupert Everett in the movie) is named executor of the estate and controls all of the money. He incestually falls in love with Daisy and rapes her, she leaves and eventually makes it one her own, falls in love with Robert Urich's character and lives happily ever after.

  18. 4 out of 5

    LemontreeLime

    I read this because it was mentioned in another book i recently read, and because I had never actually read a Judith Krantz novel. This one is from 1980, and it is thick with seventies culture but also with words. Krantz doesn't let a reader get away with imagining a scene: she tells you what they were wearing, eating, thinking, sitting on, the house the dog the car the landscape and the internal musings ALL are explained in detail again and again. Great characters. It wasn't bad, just not the s I read this because it was mentioned in another book i recently read, and because I had never actually read a Judith Krantz novel. This one is from 1980, and it is thick with seventies culture but also with words. Krantz doesn't let a reader get away with imagining a scene: she tells you what they were wearing, eating, thinking, sitting on, the house the dog the car the landscape and the internal musings ALL are explained in detail again and again. Great characters. It wasn't bad, just not the style of writing that i normally read. My mom loved this one, and when she saw i was reading it she gushed 'Oh i loved that book!! I respected Daisy so much, she had such a hard life and worked so hard!' Which surprised me more than anything else, my mom remembered the plot of a popular novel from 30 years before. That says something in it's favor.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bookish

    Be still my heart, this one is a classic. First published in 1980, Princess Daisy was a very big part of my introduction to the romance genre. The story has stuck with me, even all these years later. It’s got everything: glamour, angst, romance, a hidden twin, and as many twists and turns as an epic melodrama. Plus there’s a beautiful princess with a tragic past and a heart of gold. She loses everything and is forced to rebuild her life as a commoner who paints portraits for a living. I haven’t Be still my heart, this one is a classic. First published in 1980, Princess Daisy was a very big part of my introduction to the romance genre. The story has stuck with me, even all these years later. It’s got everything: glamour, angst, romance, a hidden twin, and as many twists and turns as an epic melodrama. Plus there’s a beautiful princess with a tragic past and a heart of gold. She loses everything and is forced to rebuild her life as a commoner who paints portraits for a living. I haven’t looked at this book in over a decade, and I can still remember the final scene with perfect clarity. That’s the mark of a great story! —Teri Wilson (https://www.bookish.com/articles/hidd...)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kitty Marie

    Holding the mother of all unpopular opinions, I was totally fascinated by the character of Ram and loved the intensity of his every scene with Daisy. Basically if this book was all about Daisy and Ram it would get a very bias 100/5 and probably be my most favorite ill-fated (and ill-conceived) love- er- love is not the right word- relationship of faux pas and obsession story of all time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ljstubbs

    What a pile of trashy junk. Thank goodness my taste has developed and my patience has waned.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bhumika

    A fun read! Love books that change the way I look at life but sadly this was not one of it. But overall a good read. Fun!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann Sumner

    What can I say? It was the 70s, I was young and reading all this low-brow stuff and I liked it, dammit!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julia Lednicky

    Best contemporary Krantz yet Just when I thought I’ll take Manhattan was my #1 Krantz fave, Princess Daisy tops it! I liked Daisy’s personality better and her multi-generational backstory was better.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Level of entertainment: 5 stars when it wasn’t about Ram. Technical rating: fewer stars but hey, doesn’t it take talent to write something this compulsively readable? Anyway, excellent summer reading. Bananas plot. Just what you come to Judith Krantz for.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I had forgotten all about this book, which I read over 30 years ago, until I saw a goodreads friend's review. I can't rate it - it's been far too long, and I don't think that I want to re-read it. I DO, however, love coming across these long-forgotten titles, and being amazed at what I used to read! I had forgotten all about this book, which I read over 30 years ago, until I saw a goodreads friend's review. I can't rate it - it's been far too long, and I don't think that I want to re-read it. I DO, however, love coming across these long-forgotten titles, and being amazed at what I used to read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I've been struggling to finish this book for two months now. I'm relieved I finally got through it! Why, you may very well ask, didn't I just give up on the thing? Well, I really enjoyed the juicy first half; it was the second half that was so slow and boring. I'd rather have spent more time with the characters themselves and enjoying the plot than wading through endless travelogue-style descriptions and skimming through pages and pages and still more pages of detail about the advertising field. I've been struggling to finish this book for two months now. I'm relieved I finally got through it! Why, you may very well ask, didn't I just give up on the thing? Well, I really enjoyed the juicy first half; it was the second half that was so slow and boring. I'd rather have spent more time with the characters themselves and enjoying the plot than wading through endless travelogue-style descriptions and skimming through pages and pages and still more pages of detail about the advertising field. I'm a sucker for 80's glitz and any good, juicy, soap-style saga, but I suspect that Krantz just isn't my cuppa. More's the pity. I'll be giving her one more shot though, since I already own an inherited copy of I'll Take Manhattan. However, I won't be curling up with that anytime soon. For now, I'm going to have to recover from my seemingly endless time with Daisy. Keeper status: No.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Heller

    This book is hard to review. I was reading A Room with a View. Which is undoubtedly a Good Book. But I found myself getting distracted and wanting some juice so I turned to my old friend; 80s trash. This book is pure trash. It's about a bona fide princess born from a polo star who's also a Russian prince and a movie star. We get all their stories, in detail, but in maddening order. There's also a secret sister, an obsessed half brother, thr last of the courtesans, an exuberant roommate, and a myr This book is hard to review. I was reading A Room with a View. Which is undoubtedly a Good Book. But I found myself getting distracted and wanting some juice so I turned to my old friend; 80s trash. This book is pure trash. It's about a bona fide princess born from a polo star who's also a Russian prince and a movie star. We get all their stories, in detail, but in maddening order. There's also a secret sister, an obsessed half brother, thr last of the courtesans, an exuberant roommate, and a myriad of co-workers. There was a lot. But. But, this book didn't fall into a lot of traps. Daisy was the most beautiful and the most serene, but she was also willful, stubborn, bossy, and constantly accompanied by an insane dog. In other words, she wasn't half bad. And her journey was far from typical for these kinds of books. But, of course (don't worry), there was all the sex, dramatics, and tragedy that you'd expect.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Judith Krantz taught me everything I ever needed to know about the international jet set, the fabulous excess of the late 70/early 80s, and eurotrash. I give my eternal thanks to her. Even though her books are ridiculous I totally adore them. I kind of feel like SNL's Stefon saying this but this book has everything: a gorgeous impoverished princess that hypnotizes every man she meets. A dashing international playboy who plays polo and is apparently a sexual wizard. A gorgeous film star. An honest Judith Krantz taught me everything I ever needed to know about the international jet set, the fabulous excess of the late 70/early 80s, and eurotrash. I give my eternal thanks to her. Even though her books are ridiculous I totally adore them. I kind of feel like SNL's Stefon saying this but this book has everything: a gorgeous impoverished princess that hypnotizes every man she meets. A dashing international playboy who plays polo and is apparently a sexual wizard. A gorgeous film star. An honest-to-God courtesan. Glamorous playgrounds around the world. Incest. Hidden children. Horses. Art. A prowling lesbian. lots of information about the cosmetics industry. Tons of name dropping ... I could go on but just do yourself a favor and buy a copy at Goodwill, make yourself a cocktail and enjoy the ride!

  30. 5 out of 5

    B. Sinsational

    A Masterly written Novella about a young woman who should have a easy life, but instead ends up with severe abuse, struggle and have to fight for everything. She has so much heart, so much spirit and so much grace that despite all the ugliness around this is a read that you will never forget. It hits straight into your heart! Judith Krantz has many superbly written books to her name, and this one is above all else. It is still fresh within my memory (thats how profoundly it effected me) more tha A Masterly written Novella about a young woman who should have a easy life, but instead ends up with severe abuse, struggle and have to fight for everything. She has so much heart, so much spirit and so much grace that despite all the ugliness around this is a read that you will never forget. It hits straight into your heart! Judith Krantz has many superbly written books to her name, and this one is above all else. It is still fresh within my memory (thats how profoundly it effected me) more than 30years after I read it..

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