10 top royal love stories
3. "The Commoner," by John Burnham Schwartz
Based on the lives of the current empress and crown princess of Japan, John Burnham Schwartz's novel blurs fact and fiction to imagine the challenges of the first commoner ever to marry into Japan's royal family. Monitor reviewer Yvonne Zipp called this novel "a compassionate portrayal" of "a stifled, unhappy" life.