Technically, this book is written by “Princess of Genovia Mia Thermopolis.” Which means Meg Cabot. It’s written as a spin-off book from the last “Princess Diaries,” “Forever Princess.” That book mentions that Mia took almost two years to write a legit historical romance novel, and this is supposed to be it.
I hate to admit it, but I had very low expectations for this book. With that said, I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it started a little slow, but by the end I didn’t want to put it down.
The story is about Finnula Crais, who is basically the village rebel in 1291 England. Eventually she comes to take Hugo ransom, not knowing that he is actually an earl and runs her entire town. She finds out eventually enough, then they fall in love and get married, though not necessarily in that order.
I’m a little surprised at the amount of sex in this book, seeing as how it’s meant to be written by a teenage virgin. These two characters know each other literally a week before they are married and they have sex several times a day. I figured in 1291 England, they would be a little more modest.
Anyway, about halfway through, it dips from a romance more into a little bit of a mystery. Turns out, someone is out to kill the earl. It’s not hard to guess who, but the bad guy is not confirmed for a few chapters.
There are some good characters in the story, and some that are just not likable. Hugo is definitely not the perfect gentleman, but Finnula is a little bit of a nuisance sometimes too.
Overall, I though the book was decent, but I don’t think I would have picked it up if it wasn’t written by Meg Cabot.
That’s all for now,