Monday, September 24, 2012

The Runaway Princess

The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne
4/5 stars
Gallery Books, 2012
431 pages
Adult Chick-Lit Romance

Source: Received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book caught my attention because of the titile. Additionally the author's name seemed vaguely familiar. After some checking, I confirmed that she had written the Little Lady series that I had enjoyed so much, which made me all the more excited for this book. Beloved author plus royalty romance plot? That sounds like an automatic win!

And for the most part, this book met or exceeded my expectations. I wasn't sure how main character gardener Amy Wilde was going to meet her literal prince but it was very cute and the beginning of their romance was so sweet. Amy is such an awkward young lady and I could really empathize with her shyness in social settings. I loved her best friend/roommate Jo, an amazingly gregarious fun lady who supports Amy through everything. Of course I also loved the prince, Leo, who Amy meets without realizing just how wealthy and connected he is. Because she doesn't know, she can almost relax and share her fun personality; then she does discover the truth and she freaks out but she still keeps falling for him. But they move forward in their romance, something that hits speed bumps as he ends up closer to the throne and her family's tangled past and qualms about his tendency to throw money at problems.

That last point is something that I did not feel was sufficiently resolved even as Amy and Leo do commit to each other. She is very uncomfortable with that aspect of his world and I never thought that they had it out about her feelings. They do work through some other issues and I am satisfied enough with them as a couple to be fine with the conclusion.

Takeaway Points:
1. Cute characters with a lot of sweet moments
2. Fast resolution with not everything resolved to my satisfaction (such as money issues)
3. If this sounds like your kind of read, it probably is :)

Cover: Not my favorite-I mean, I love the tiara but I'd like something a little more flashy with maybe a pretty dress.


  1. The characters and romance sounds nice. I don't know about the quick resolution though, but it happens someties I guess.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. I think I read the first Little Lady book -- it was cute.
    I have a big pile of dystopian stuff to read so this might give me a nice change of pace!

  3. Finally the mystery is solved! I kept seeing the image of that book from Goodreads and missing the opportunity to click on it and find out what it was about. Now I can add it to my TBR list!

    I am eager to see how royalty is portrayed in this book and how the romance develops. I am sure I will enjoy this book too.

  4. Oh and the synopsis reminds me of that movie The Prince and Me :)


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