The Prince and Betty

P.G. Wodehouse Jennifer Quinlan

The Prince and Betty

The Prince and Betty

  • Title: The Prince and Betty
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse Jennifer Quinlan
  • ISBN: 9780985100155
  • Page: 252
  • Format: ebook

Royal Romance Prince Weds American Girl Love at First Sight Picturesque Wedding These are the headlines American businessman Benjamin Scobell envisions when he pieces together his latest scheme a publicity stunt designed to attract customers to his newly built casino on the Mediterranean island of Mervo If only he had a few royals running around making headlines he knowsRoyal Romance Prince Weds American Girl Love at First Sight Picturesque Wedding These are the headlines American businessman Benjamin Scobell envisions when he pieces together his latest scheme a publicity stunt designed to attract customers to his newly built casino on the Mediterranean island of Mervo If only he had a few royals running around making headlines he knows his little rock could compete with the likes of Monte Carlo Mervo hasn t had a prince in years, but that doesn t dissuade Benjamin from tracking down the long lost heir to the throne, and when he finds him, he s going to introduce him to the perfect girl for him, his stepdaughter Betty.Betty Silver has it all She s pretty, popular, and thanks to her stepfather, she s filthy rich She s also lonely Her friends in New York are starting to find love and get married, and Betty s starting to think love isn t in the cards for her Every man she meets can t see past her stepfather s millions Every man but one, that is, and she ll probably never see him again So when her stepfather summons her to Mervo, she s ready for a change of scenery.But things don t go quite as Benjamin planned Turns out his new prince and his stepdaughter have a history together and Benjamin s meddling schemes are about to blow up in his face and send Betty running back to New York to nurse a broken heart But her prince is determined to win her back and prove to her he is the man she thought him to be after all, and sets off to track her down A series of circumstances and coincidences in New York work to keep the lovers separated, but neither gangsters, nor unscrupulous businessmen, nor demanding newspaper editors can turn their hearts, and you ll never guess how they finally end up reuniting The Prince and Betty is a delightful read that sweeps the reader from a Mediterranean paradise to the seedy underbelly of the Big Apple, with plenty of excitement, humor, and love to help it along its way to a heartwarming conclusion.Bonus Content Introduction, Glossary, Image GalleryLegacy Vintage Collection Enhanced eBooks have been professionally edited for readability and professionally formatted for your favorite e reader View on The Vintage Reader.

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I selected The Prince and Betty for the collection after coming across it completely by accident. I’d always been aware of P.G. Wodehouse, but I’d never read him before, and I never suspected he wrote romantic fiction. I was utterly charmed and smitten with The Prince and Betty by page four, and by the end I was impressed by his ability to express profound ideas in such simple, beautiful language. Wodehouse’s masterful prose, sparkling dialogue, and trademark sense of humor blend together [...]

Continuing to work my way through the entire Wodehouse corpus, and continuing to enjoy it.

It's extremely difficult to find this book in the original UK version, as it appeared in The Strand. Even after carefully scrutinizing the e-book editions, I discovered halfway through the edition I was reading that I had made a mistake when Psmith appeared. (For the US edition, Wodehouse mashed up the text with that ofPsmith, Journalist.) After more digging, I finally turned up the real deal, which is important to me, as I want to read all of Wodehouse in order. The shorter, non-Psmith version [...]

This book is different from other of Wodehouse's but I still enjoyed it! It was interesting and different, and while the humor isn't as prevalent as other books by Wodehouse it's still there-- much more subtle but still so so funny. The analogies are great, and the dialogue is so witty and amusing. The portrayal of Americans and the American spirit was rather refreshing to me and I really liked itwouldn't mind if the stereotype of average Americans was back to that nowadays, lol. The characters [...]

PG Wodehouse isn't an author one generally associates with being published by Mills and Boon, but one version of this 1912 novel of his actually did get released by those romance novel specialists. Not this particular version, though, which—while it does have a romantic angle to it—isn't primarily a love story.It starts off, though, in love story mode. Betty Silver receives a peremptory summons from her millionaire stepfather Benjamin Scobell, telling her to come to Mervo, a small independen [...]

Not my favorite Wodehouse story; I like it more for the use of language than the actual plot and characters (unusual).It seemed to lose its focus, as if Wodehouse could not decide whether to do one of his comic romances or do a "city" story. I really liked the first part which was a lot of fun. John discovers he is a long-lost prince who has been raised in America, graduated from Harvard, but is discontented with his current life. Betty has been summoned to a Mediterranean island by her milliona [...]

It's not uncommon for an author to have an attachment to an idea, particulary when that idea comes early in their career and has yet to be displaced by the big breakthrough. This, I believe, is how Wodehouse felt with The Prince and Betty, as he recycled the plot several times in books and serials throughout his career. The Everyman edition is the British novel, published in 1921, and a rewrite of an earlier serial.The plot goes something like this: Ben Scobell decides to build a casino on the s [...]

Amusing light read, but far from Wodehouse's greatest.

This is one of those reading experiences that can never be duplicated. It’s also just the kind of thing that I thrive on. (If you wanted an actual review on the actual story--silly you--you’ll have to skip to the final paragraph. My story about reading this story is going to take a while!)Looking to appease my regular Wodehouse fix, I decided to try something a bit different from those I’d already read. I did this as someone who completely respected, if not adored, Wodehouse’s response t [...]

Long lost royalty, a fictitious Mediterranean island, estranged lovers, New York City gangs, newspaper editors, and cats--what more could you want? The celebrated Wodehouse tells a story like no one else can, with dry humor and cunning wit.

I have been a fan of everything Wodehouse since grade school. This is an early offering by the author, but just as crazily funny, though the references are quaintly dated. I read this aloud to my wife when we were traveling, and we both cracked up as we drove.

A floofy little palate-cleanser, and not much more.

An early Wodehouse. More a romance than a comedy. Quick, fun read. ALL Wodehouse is worth reading.

A fun tale with comical twists.

Mild fun. It was just what I needed as brain relief in the midst of a heavy study schedule.

My first book for the year and, it appears, my first Mills and Boon ever. PG Wodehouse was a comic writer whose work basically nostalgises a period before the First World War when young, pointless men gadded about London and the countryside trying to amuse themselves despite their lack of education, drive, or purpose. I love his work, and so when there was a book I didn’t recognise on Librivox (which is, I have discovered a home for completists like me), I snapped it up.It’s an odd, odd book [...]

A really good story brings you full circle and this gem by P.G. Wodehouse does just that. If I could (or would) compare it to more modern narratives, two come to mind. The first would be The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberley and the second would be King Ralph by George Emlyn Williams. The first comparison is because the author starts his story in Mervo, a small independent island republic in the Mediterranean Sea. This small country had once been a principality but deposed the prince due to [...]

This is two storiesprobably written separately then later loosely tied together, as a shift in tone is pronounced and abrupt. In the first, the main focus is upon an all American young man whose evil stepfather turns him out after coming in to work bleary eyed one morning after a night of partying with his chums. Lucky for him that shortly thereafter he learns he is the rightful heir to the throne of a sleepy little island kingdom near Greece called Mervo! In this first section of the book, pred [...]

I like most of this author’s works but this is among the few that barely passes as being “okay”. It felt disjointed in that the first third of the book is set on an island close to France, whereas the remainder of the tale is set in America, which feels like Mr Wodehouse grew tired of the original storyline and opted for a radical change.Another reason why this didn’t appeal is that those last two-thirds of the book are almost identical to events in “Psmith Journalist”, which I’ve [...]

The Prince and Betty may come as a bit of a revelation to those who know P.G. Wodehouse mainly through the escapades of Jeeves, Wooster & Co. It's unquestionably humor, but it's humor with heart. The romance is sweet, and the principal characters' subsequent brushes with difficulty and heartbreak are very genuine. Wodehouse was a master of the English language, and he could turn his gift with words to more serious purpose, too, when he wanted.The fact that this was originally two stories wov [...]

Wodehouse is finely honing the comical style that characterizes the later novels. This novel, however, is very dissimilar to Bertie/Jeeves. Instead, it’s more likeDamon Runyon, if Runyon had ever written a novel. The characteristic near-misses and misunderstandings of Wodehouse are present, as is the jocular young man in spats (here called Smith, supposedly American, but reading like the Psmith of the Wodehouse books of that name), but the two main characters are college-educated Americans. It [...]

Earlier/Alternate Version of "Psmith Journalist". The hero of this book, named Smith, seems so much like the more famous Wodehouse character, Psmith. The reason is that they are the same character with a few minor changes, most importantly Smith is American.This has to do with the publication history of this book. In 1910, Wodehouse published a novel called "Psmith Journalist" serialized in the American magazine continuing the adventures of Psmith and Mike from "Psmith in the City" as they grapp [...]

Wodehouse’s American publishers elected not to publish ‘Psmith, Journalist’ in American, it could be that with it having no love interest they considered that it jarred with his output at that time, it could be they considered the references to cricket and the MCC would confuse an American audience. Anyway not to be refused Wodehouse took another magazine serial he had recently published, ‘A Prince for Hire’, and blended the two stories together. Blend is really not the right word as t [...]

A not typical PG Wodehouse. Apparently originally published in serial format in the Stand Magazine and then latter published in book form in Britain. There is a guy, and there is a girl and they do have an on again/off again romance, but this book is far less humorous than the usual Wodehouse fair and in fact, has a huge social message. A real "everyman" vs. big business tale with muck racking journalism tossed in as a story within the story within the story. So, girl likes boy; boy yearns for g [...]

Wow! What a little socialist Wodehouse was! And how much more violent his books were in the early days! Of course, because it's Wodehouse, the actual violence against the lead characters is kept to a minimum, but OMG! he almost killed one off! And his characters are trying to clean up what can only be described as a section of Hell's Kitchen on the east side! After becoming Prince For a Day, our Mr. Maude rejects la vie royale once it's pointed out by the woman he loves that he's being a patsy. [...]

Betty is called to Mervo, a small island off Marseille by her wealthy step father, Benjamin Scovil, where she is told he wants her to marry the Prince. The Prince (John Maude) was raised in the US after Mervo became a republic. He was never told about his father having been a Prince. However, Scovil decides his gaming casinos will get more business if the monarchy comes back, and the Prince gets married. He thus sends for the Prince. It turns out that Betty and John met several years back at Har [...]

Although interesting enough to finish, I found the dialogue in this book so full of period slang (I'm guessing of the 20's or 30's or even earlier) that it was difficult to understand. Also, a large portion of the book is about the Prince and Psmith rather than the Prince and Betty. I did find it entertaining to see the difference between life in the earlier part of the 20th century and that of the latter part. I kept wondering why John didn't just pull out his cell phone to deal with situations [...]

While the story started on with a typically Wodehouse flavor it quickly became apparent that he was merging in his 'P. Smith in the City' story and just rewriting the storyline with different characters. What is worse is that he doesn't appear to try to hide the fact with the changing of character names. Had I not read the other story first I might have found it more interesting but as it was it was a major disappointment. I heard there was a previous British version that didn't do this merge bu [...]

This was my first Wodehouse and I was surprised. It seemed a simple plot but I found myself unable to put it down. I really wanted to know what happened to each of the characters. I found the dialects and descriptions of life in New York City in 1912 to be utterly fascinating. I feel like I really learned something about what life was like then in particular in relation to boxing, the gangs, tenements, and even Harvard men! Give it a try if you fancy a light but entertaining read!

Maybe 2,5 stars. It was an OK read for the most part with a few "I like" sections scattered throughout. Considering it was written over 100 years ago, it held up reasonably well. It was jarring to see derogatory racial terms deployed But I chuckled when at one point a character noted that he couldn't be shot while riding in a taxi because the "bicycle police" would hear the shot and quickly overtake the taxi and capture the bad guys.

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