“The title of The Runaway Princess is misleading because Amy, our heroine, is just ordinary English middle-class girl. Her best friends Jo jokingly calls her 'Queen of Spades', but that's got more to do with Amy's profession than social status. If you haven't guessed it, Amy is a gardener. I felt...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Boring boring boring!!! It was so dry !”Kindra R wrote this review 7 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The title of The Runaway Princess is misleading because Amy, our heroine, is just ordinary English middle-class girl. Her best friends Jo jokingly calls her 'Queen of Spades', but that's got more to do with Amy's profession than social status. If you haven't guessed it, Amy is a gardener. I felt close to Amy immediately - we had a lot of similarities. We're both not afraid to get our hands dirty, do not care about latest fashion, makeup, manicure and usually say wrong thing or get tongue-tied around unknown people.
While Jo tries to set Amy up with her posh friends, all Amy wants is someone ordinary and down-to-earth. Someone who is easy to talk to.
"I just want someone normal," I said stoutly. "I'm just a normal girl, and I want a normal bloke."
She smiled. "None of us are normal. We're all special in our own way."
When Amy meets Leo, it seems like her wish came true. And Leo is definitely not only easy to talk to but easy on the eyes also: blond hair, blue eyes, cute smile... But surprise surprise - Leo turns out to be a real prince from a small European country called Nirona. It's a little bit pretentious turning down a great guy just because he is a prince, especially if everything about him feels... just right.
"We're not exactly the same, but we fit together. You feel right. You smell right. When I'm with you, it's like I'm at home, even here in London, where I never thought I'd properly be happy. I don't know what it is, but I could talk to you forever and never run out of things to say. And I could never get tired of looking at you. Ever."
As Amy's and Leo's relationship gets serious, the pressure from royal family and paparazzi escalates and Amy encounters a lot of tough decisions and not-very-much-enjoyable 'princessing process'. How much are you willing to sacrifice for love? Is justified causing discomfort to your family just so you could be happy? Where is a boundary between improving and losing yourself? In this cute and quirky novel camouflaging as contemporary chick lit Hester Browne ask these and a lot of other important questions.
If you have ever envied Disney princesses on their hot and royal mates or wished you were lucky as Kate Middleton and caught a prince - Hester Browne will make you question that decision. If you want to know 100 reasons why you should not date (or God forbid) marry a prince and you like chick lit novels with quirky characters and English humor, then The Runaway Princess might be the book you are looking for.
Disclaimer: I was given a free eBook by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review. This text is also posted on my blog Bookworm Dreams in a little bit more styled edition.”
“Cute!”Jill M wrote this review Monday, April 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brainless, very predictable, romantic and clean...a fast perfect read for beach or vacation!”Heather B wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the parallels started from the Heaven and Hell party. It sure does make you feel sorry for the Royals and all they contend with. Her books are delightful. ”annie g wrote this review Monday, March 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“British chick lit, where a prince (of an imaginary country) and a British girl fall in love. The conflict in their relationship comes from the fact that the girl doesn't think she can cope with being princess.”Karina W wrote this review Tuesday, January 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very enjoyable, but a bit long, romantic comedy about a plain (allegedly) gardener girl from Yorkshire who meets a prince of a small principality outside Italy, falls in love and gets engaged. And made over, quite successfully so she's not that plain. Good characterization, nice and leisurely falling in love, but yes, a bit long. Very much Princess Diaries for grownups.”librarycarol wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Entertaining”Anne W wrote this review Sunday, November 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No