Book Review: To Marry A Prince by Sophie Page

One night is about to change Bella’s life for ever…

Bella Greenwood isn’t a fairytale girl. If pushed, she’d probably tell you that her perfect wedding would involve a handful of close friends and family. But as she’s never met anyone she’d like to marry, it’s a moot point.

Until, in a midnight garden, Bella is helped out of an embarrassing situation by a tall, dark, handsome man with laughing eyes. And suddenly her life changes for ever, because the man is the world’s most eligible bachelor: Prince Richard, heir to the throne.

Richard sweeps her off her feet, and before she knows it they’re engaged. Which is when Bella’s problems really begin. Suddenly she is public property, and as if it isn’t enough to have her every move watched – while also learning to curtsy and negotiating the etiquette of how to address her future mother-in-law – she soon finds herself embroiled in bridesmaid politics, a right royal hen night, and a wedding dress controversy that causes a national scandal…

Can this ordinary girl survive the preparations for her very own Royal Wedding? (From Goodreads)

So, the Royal wedding is fast approaching. The ‘Real’ Royal Wedding that is, between Prince William and Katie (soon to be Princess Catherine) and whether you care or not it’s pretty hard to ignore. Commemorative plates and mugs are popping up everywhere, bunting hangs in the shops and book stores are filled with wedding themed offerings. Just like this one, To Marry A Prince.

Firstly I’ll just say that other than mild irritation at the inconvenience caused with childcare arrangements that day (schools and holiday clubs closed, shops are not and yeah, I work in one) I’m not that interested in the Royal Wedding. I might switch the TV on to get a glimpse of the dress if I remember but that’s it. So you may be surprised to hear that I actually really liked To Marry A Prince by Sophie Page. It’s fun, cute and romantic and all round great read.

I guess every girl at some point has had the Cinderella dream. I’m no different and the fact Bella Greenwood gets hers really appeals. Of course deep down I would hate to be marrying a prince. I couldn’t cope with the media attention, protocol and tradition. Sophie Page picks up on what it would be like to be thrust under the spotlight by falling for the most eligible bachelor in the world with hilarious results. I liked Bella a lot. She’s brave, feisty and doesn’t bow or scrape to her in laws to be. Go girl. The attraction between Bella and Prince Richard (fictional Prince Of Wales in this book) is genuinely romantic and I was fully invested in both characters and wishing them well.

Personally, I have never seen the attraction of Prince William. Gimme a bad boy on a motorbike with tats and muscles any day. Prince Richard however did capture my heart just a teeny bit. Ok, I got a crush on him. He’s handsome, sexy, passionate and strong; definitely not what I was expecting! I liked how he was so torn between his loyalties and felt very sorry for him at times.

To enjoy this book you really need to be able to suspend belief quite a bit, you know some of things in this book would never happen and if this would annoy you then I’d say pass on it. However if you love a bit of a fairytale with funny dialogue and strong characters then I say read this instead of watching the real thing…I guarantee it will be much more fun. I did think that once Bella and Richard were engaged the book was a little rushed and thought one character, Chloe, underused. She would have made a fantastic villain but wasn’t really developed. Overall though I thoroughly enjoyed To Marry A Prince and read it over two days. Highly recommended!

Published by Arrow March 2011
Thanks to the publishers for providing a copy for review.

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