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Princes have pomp and glory - not crushes on commoners
Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective - and an even greater interest in Eliza.
With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first - his country or his heart.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 29 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 19, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #91,280 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#261 in Victorian Romance
#5,299 in Victorian Historical Romance (Books)
#5,300 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
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This is my first read by Julia London.
I know, I so very know I have a lot of wonderful authors’ work to catch up, and I very slowly, too slowly try to eliminate the backlog but what I thought an easy task is getting harder and harder every passing day as each rise of the sun brings new writers to my knowledge.
I do also know I’m no major in history nor English language ( far from that as I’m a self taught reader ), but I do felt it is kind of my duty to share the pleasure these writers partake with their long and hard crafted work.
While reading The Princess Plan, I wondered at first what book I was reading, was it an historical romance as the country of the hero was created for the sole purpose of this book, but the more I avances in my reading, the more I decided it was a sleuth romance disguised in a historical.
And whatever, I loved it.
Just the first chapter, introducing the heroine and her friends through the “insight” of her blind father was like a delicacy, a taste of what was to come.
Eliza is such an amazing woman, while she was ruined by a too trustful personality as a young woman, she rose from the ash of what has become her life and swore to never again fall prey of another. She also morphed in a woman who knows what she wants and won’t accept any bullying from anyone.
I loved her boldness and straightforwardness, she speaks her mind and bends in front of nobody, even a crown prince.
Sebastian Chartier, the prince of Alucia is in London as he seeks for a trade agreement to improve his country’s economy and he accepted also to fulfill his duties to the crown and find an English wife.
What he didn’t expect was to be drawn by the more unsuitable woman possible, she threw him out of her house, she told him no and she won’t accept his says simply because he is royalty, worst, she challenges him at every turn, she unsettled him and takes him out of his comfort range.
It was so entertaining and joyful to see them interact with the other, together they take action, they do not shy away nor let miscommunication get between them, they agree voluntarily to what they have to expect from their relationship until it will be not enough or too much.
The background plot was intriguing and the way they followed the leads was attractive and quite funny.
Why I can only recommend this book to anyone who loves a bit of mystery with a dashing hero and a strong and clever heroine.
A big 10 stars.
I was provided an advance copy thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher Harlequin, I purchased my own copy and here is my true and unbiased opinion.
Eliza, the daughter of a judge and loves to repair clocks, attends a masquerade ball at Kensington Palace in honor of a visiting Prince from another country. His goal is to attain trading rights and acquire an English bride to seal the deal. From their first encounter things are memorable for her, but him, not so much, until they meet face to face and she becomes unforgettable. Murder, political negotiations and the pair trying to solve who done it, keep the book moving. But it is the sparks between Prince Sebastian and Eliza that set a faster pace.
Julia London has definitely scored extra points for this one.
A free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
That night, the prince's assistant was murdered and somehow, Eliza accidentally finds herself helping to solve the murder. When she officially meets the prince he is absolutely confused - having never met someone so lacking in proper royal etiquette who would speak to him as an equal and not as someone royal. The more they meet and talk to more he is intrigued and begins to have feeling for her.
There is no way that he could ever marry a commoner but the more they meet the more he wants to abandon royal protocol and marry for love. Together they find their way to a Happily Ever After.
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Sebastian is also a likeable character and we are ever hopeful for him to realise his love for Eliza and find a way to be with her, despite all the constraints his position as prince affords him. I really enjoyed the story and was eager to keep picking it up.
The only thing I didn't love was the fact the pavement kept being referred to as 'sidewalk' which is very much an American term so every time it turned up, it pulled one out of the story.
Other than that, it was a very enjoyable read.
"I am so excited to introduce a new historical series to you. A Royal Wedding series was inspired by the very real fairy tale we all saw unfold when Meghan Markle married Prince Harry. The fairytale of a prince and a commoner has endured as the ultimate romantic fantasy"
Now, given what is happening currently with Harry and Meghan I couldn't have read this book at a more perfect time. The couple have decided to step down from the Royal Family and concentrate on themselves. Everyone has their own opinion on this. But, I'm not here to talk about them, so long as they are happy that is all that matters.
So, Eliza Tricklebank is the 'commoner' in this story. I really liked Eliza, she was a strong female character who wasn't afraid to speak her mind. She may have found herself in some sticky situations because of this but this is what made her likeable. And, the bond she has with her sister Hollis and best friend Caroline is fantastic.
When Prince Sebastian comes to town with his band of merry men, looking to settle a trade deal by marrying an English lady. This was very reminiscent of how the monarchy and rich people of yester-year would make dealings. Not for love but for convenience and money. However, we do see from early on that Sebastian isn't as enthralled as he should be about this arrangement. Despite being taught from an early age of how he should act, and his conditioning to become ruler.
When Sebastian's closest confidante is murdered he wants to seek out the truth. Sebastian has little trust of people around him as it is, therefore this tragedy strikes him hard. Here we see a more vulnerable side to Sebastian which I found nice. It made his character more relatable and likeable. He was more human.
I loved the relationship between Eliza and Sebastian. The way she spoke to him, as she would with anyone whom she met. She didn't care that he was royalty, she didn't take heed of any protocol. Sebastian is put on the back foot as he is not used to being talked to in such a manner. She even kicks him out of her house. But, what develops is truly wonderful. A fabulous tale of two people destined for each other, but they must overcome some major hurdles in their way.
There is a wide cast of characters and each adds a little something to the story, especially the women.
The heroine of The Princess Plan, Eliza Tricklebank, is funny, warm, caring and a bit of a tomboy in a genre where many expect high society, balls and dresses.
All these things appear within the novel's pages but it's Eliza's differences that really make her and the whole book a joy to read.
Then we have our hero, Prince Sebastian of Alucia... let's just say, he is Eliza's perfect match in every way. A meeting of minds, hearts and morals... once they get past the numerous intrigues and obstacles keeping them apart.
A truly great, fun-filled romance and I cannot wait for book 2!