Reading More: The Runaway Princess

Recently I read The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne. It’s literally a modern day fairy tale that smacks of Cinderella. It was a fight to get through it because I’m not a huge fan of the modern day fairy tale and less so of Cinderella. Also, much like the people in my for real life, I like my book characters to have grit and lots of dimensions. I didn’t find either of these points to be true of the main characters.

From the Publisher:

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?

You can click read reviews on the Red Letter Read site or join the Good Reads discussion, but here’s my thoughts about the book

The “modern day fairy tale” isn’t the genre I generally read and this book didn’t do much to change my mind. While the characters were well developed and mostly likable, I couldn’t get past thinking while Amy was sweet, she also came across as a poor church mouse who needed to get a set and some self esteem while she was at it. I loved Jo’s character though and would welcome a story about her. It wasn’t terrible, had some seriously funny moments, but it was nothing impressive.

Yes, this is a Chick Lit read and I like some Chick Lit, but I’m more a fan of the “woman finding her self or inner strength” with some naughty or romance thrown in for good measure than the “prince on a white horse” type of story.

Anyone want my copy? If more than one person says yes, I’ll pick a name out of a hat.

***The Runaway Princess was furnished to me by Gallery Books through Red Letter Reads. My thoughts (as usual) are my own. The link above is not an Amazon affiliate link. I haven’t figured that out yet. ***


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One Response to Reading More: The Runaway Princess

  1. As per you review, I don’t think I would be interested in reading this!

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