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?
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. ***