Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Runaway Princess by Hester Brown

5 Star

If Amy Wilde’s new boyfriend, Leo, treats her like a queen, that’s because he’s secretly a prince himself: Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor in the world. Amy soon discovers that dating an heir to a throne has many charms—intimate alfresco dinners, glittering galas, and, for a girl who lives in jeans and wellies, a dazzling new wardrobe with tiaras to match. But there are also drawbacks: imagine the anxiety of meeting your boyfriend’s parents multiplied by a factor of “riding in a private jet,” “staying in a castle,” and “discussing the line of succession over lunch.” Not to mention the sudden press interest in your very un-royal family. When an unexpected turn of events pushes Leo closer to the throne, the Wolfsburgs decide to step up Amy’s transformation from down-to-earth gardener to perfectly polished princess-in-waiting. Amy would do anything for Leo, but is finding her Prince Charming worth the price of losing herself?

Kaley - 5 Star

After reading The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne I have decided that there aren’t nearly enough princess stories for adult females (or males…I won’t discriminate!). This novel was so much fun to read and I absolutely loved it.

The way I like to describe this novel is by saying that it’s like The Princess Diaries for grownups. You have a woman who’s average and kind of shy. Then all of a sudden she finds out she has to train to become a princess. Though, in the case of this book, Amy isn’t a born royal. Instead, she has to decide if putting up with that kind of lifestyle is worth it for the man she loves. This kind of story could end up being so farfetched and ridiculous but Browne managed to write a very real novel and I think that’s part of why I loved it so much.

I loved each and every character in this book. Amy was a fantastic heroine and it was so much fun to read about her journey. Leo is every modern girl’s dream prince (if we can’t have Prince William, we may as well dream about a fictional prince). Jo, Amy’s best friend and flat mate, is absolutely hilarious and is a friend that every woman needs – a little crazy but always there for you no matter what. There are a handful of other minor characters that make appearances throughout the book and they all add just the right something to the book.

The Runaway Princess is a pretty lengthy novel (it has over 400 pages) but I’m actually glad that it was so long. The fact that it was so long meant that I got the back story I needed and was able to spend a lot of time with some great characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Hester Browne and think that many others would like it, too! 

Thank you to Gallery Books for our review copy! All opinions are our own.

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