Princess in Love

Book #2 in The Royal Trilogy

"MacLean intersperses historical details to give context and depth to Rose and Leopold’s complex relationship that spans a decade, making PRINCESS IN LOVE a rich and satisfying read, a true love story for all time."
--Joyce Greenfield,

The royal, Regency-era trilogy continues in this sensational new novel from bestselling author Julianne MacLean.

She’s engaged to be married—to the wrong man…

Leopold Hunt, Marquess of Cavanaugh, is a secret Royalist with a distant hereditary claim to the throne.  He has been groomed to one day overthrow the king and rebuild his family’s dynasty. Only one thing stands in his way: the king’s daughter, Rose.

Princess in Love

Princess Rose has loved the marquess her entire life, but she is about to enter a political marriage—one that promises to help keep her father in power. There is virtually no way for Rose to escape her fate…yet she cannot resist the unstoppable passion she feels in the arms of the handsome and charming marquess.   When a dangerous plot unfolds and puts their love to the ultimate test--Leopold must make a desperate choice: To honor his family or follow his heart….


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behind the book


1. Princess Rose is from Petersbourg - is this a real country?

No, it's a fictional country which I imagined to be the size of Luxembourg, located between Belgium and the Netherlands. I chose the name Petersbourg because the history I invented for the country was inspired by the Russian Revolution, so it was a quiet reference to St. Petersburg.

2. Princess Rose is engaged to an Archduke of Austria. What's an archduke?

In Austria, the archdukes and archduchesses are the sons and daughters of the emperor. They are addressed as "Your Imperial and Royal Highness." They are the equivalent of a prince or princess. Marie Antoinette was an Austrian archduchess before she married the future King of France.

In the second book in my trilogy, PRINCESS IN LOVE, Rose's fiance is a secondary character. He is Archduke Joseph, the eldest son of Emperor Francis of Austria, but he is a fictional character. In reality, the eldest son was Ferdinand and he became Emperor Ferdinand I in 1835.

If you are interested in learning more about the events in this book surrounding the Battle of Waterloo, I recommend two books especially: Wellington: The Years of the Sword by Elizabeth Longford, and Vienna 1814, by David King, which covers the Vienna Congress in wonderful detail.  If you enjoy historical films, I highly recommend “Waterloo” starring Christopher Plummer as Wellington, and Rod Steiger as Napoleon.  It includes the Duchess of Richmond’s ball in Brussels, and later, a spectacular and dramatic portrayal of the actual battle. If you enjoy documentaries, I recommend 1815 The Battle of Waterloo, narrated by Robert Powell.