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by Marilyn Harris

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ISBN: 0708818315
ISBN13: 978-0708818312
Category: Romance
Author: Marilyn Harris
Language: English
Publisher: Futura Publications (1980)
Pages: 640 pages
ePUB size: 1417 kb
FB2 size: 1281 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 556
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This is an excellent series, if you have the time to devote to it I would hightly recommend it.. There are 7 books in the series,Tiny print & 600 plus pgs in each one. I have read it once & plan to read again someday!! The books are old & hard to find...

Carol F.
I read this book many years ago and was pleased to have the opportunity to have it again. It was in very good condition.
Edward Eden is the eldest son but unable to inherit the title since he's illegitimate, but instead his father Thomas left him everything else - the lands, the castle and all that money. Edward lives what appears to be a dissipated life in London, but to the poorer residents of London he's known as The Prince of Eden for all he's done to help them. Edward pours much of his great fortune into a Ragged School in his London home, much to the ire of younger brother James who would like nothing better than to wrest away the money he feels rightfully belongs to him. At Eden castle, Edward's mother is now a lonely widow, estranged from her children and paying a very high price for loving her husband too much and leaving them to be raised by the conniving (and incestuous!) Cranford siblings.

Upon the death of a very dear friend, a grief-stricken Edward accepts a carriage ride from a stranger, along with the offer to drown his sorrows in a bottle of opium and well...another opium eater is born.

"Laudanum," De Quincey said softly. "The only passage a man needs to get from here to Heaven. Will you be so kind as to accompany me, Mr. Eden?"

During a visit to Eden Castle, Edward falls hard for his brother's betrothed, Harriet Powels, and they spend an afternoon of passion in the glen (which brings unforeseen consequences on future generations). Harriet knows her duty, and that is a duty that breaks Edward's heart and sends him back to the opium dens.

"Five days and nights of tranquil oblivion, floating out of touch with reality on the wings of opium, had been sufficient to dull the memory of what he had found in the dungeon cell of Newgate. It had not been enough to obliterate it. He doubted if there was enough opium in all of India to accomplish that."

That is a very bare bones summary of the beginning of this book and you don't want to know more before going in, just kick back and enjoy the ride because it is a seriously bumpy one. There are unexpected twists and turns on every page with treacherous servants, thieving lawyers, opium dens, a night in Newgate prison, a secret birth, a missing infant, all heavily peppered with appearances from real historical characters and events (even the Brontës). Top that off with some of the most heartbreaking scenes I've come across in a long, long time, and you've got a perfect recipe for an unputdownable book. I warn you - do not read the last 100 or so pages on a plane, train, bus or in any other public place - you will need that box of tissue handy. I haven't cried like that since you-know-who died in Penman's The Reckoning. I am still sucker punched 24 hours later and no idea when I'll recover from it.

Fans of big old family sagas with plenty of angst and drama should feel right at home. Those readers liking their fiction on the lighter side with sugar coated heroes and heroines getting that picture perfect HEA should look elsewhere. The series,

This Other Eden
The Prince of Eden
The Eden Passion
The Women of Eden
Eden Rising
American Eden
Eden and Honor
This is how it's done! What an amazing thing it is to read an author like Marilyn Harris. Now this here is a woman who knows how to tell a story, you better believe it.

In this second book of the Eden saga Edward Eden is all grown up and a total ba$tard. No, not really. He is technically a ba$tard but is just about the nicest guy you could ever meet. With an abundance of wealth, due to mommy's prudent bargaining when he was a mere babe, Mr. (not a lord) Eden has been pouring cash into his lifelong friend Daniel Spade's school for the poor of London, and paying regular visits to Newgate with booze and other goodies for the inmates, in the process earning himself the nickname the Prince of Eden.

Death strikes. Edward, being a man of strong emotion, strongly emotes. Thomas De Quincey (yes, that Thomas De Quincey, the 'Confessions of an Opium-Eater' guy), someone who really is a total ba$tard (not technically, epithetically, and not necessarily in real life, but in this story) sees Edward in his time of grief and like a bad afterschool special tells him how awesome opium is and proposes that they go get high. Being in such a vulnerable frame of mind, Edward assents. Days later his friends find him spaced out in an opium den. Oh no, the addiction has begun!

Not to get too deep into it, Edward gets pissed off and almost kills someone. His family's lawyer, Sir Claudius, waves some money in front of the right people and it's agreed if his client gets to hell out of town for a few months all will be forgotten. It's back to Eden Castle, where more almost killing takes place, over a girl, which precipitates the bender to end all benders. At their wits end, his family contacts A&E's Intervention. Kidding-- this is the 19th century. Even if it wasn't, the rich and titled don't go airing their dirty laundry for all the world to see.

Well. I've barely scratched the surface as far as the events of this book are concerned, but this should give some idea of its flavour. There's nothing I hate more than a book where nothing happens; in The Prince of Eden stuff is always happening. Amazing, melodramatic, psyche-shattering stuff. You want intensity? Look no further. Harris plays the reader like a violin. She sets up situation after situation designed for maximum emotional impact, and some of it is so blatantly manipulative it shouldn't work, and yet... Seriously, I thought I was too seasoned a veteran of fiction to respond to plots like this with anything other than an eyeroll and mockery. Guess not. It's weird-- I see the silly over-the-top-ness and I'm amused, while at the same time I feel the story in a profound way. This woman even had me crying, or on the verge of, numerous times.

What an ending, too. The exit that was John's entrance-- who knew he was such a pimp? This, I repeat, is how it's done.
This is the only romantic novel that I can still remember after 15-18 years and I have read a large numbers of novels. A friend lent it to me when I was in high school and after the first few pages, I am awed by the development of the story. Marilyn Harris is a rare top-class writer whose writing skill is able to capture the interest and emotional participation of the reader. Prince of Eden is not frivolously written unlike most romantic novels with a shallow or sugar coated plot and a cinderella ending. This is a solid piece of work with substance. You will sense that the writer has put in a lot of thoughts and ingredients to make the story come alive. All the plots are intricately plan and brilliantly presented. You will be surprise to find a number of vivid and humanly interesting characters seeking your empathy in this wonderful historical novel. I believe you will be as absorbed in it like in a movie. I have never shed a tear and feel so emotional for other books except this one. It is a pity this novel is out of print.