Fairy tale castles, court intrigue, jousting tournaments, Ancient Vows to be broken, mysterious plagues and murder, knights walking around looking hot, and of course, a princess who must fall in love before the proverbial stroke of midnight… What’s not to love?! I devoured this book, and adored every second!
I immediately connected with Rosemarie, the main character. I felt like I could BE her. She is introverted, but tries so hard to be extroverted. She worries a lot about making the right decisions, and seeks God’s wisdom, but is not always sure how to apply it. She wishes she were more courageous, but when backed into a corner, she gets all fierce and righteous. She has so much compassion for others that it causes her great pain and distress. She is socially awkward, and totally adorable. She is completely naive and innocent, but that is what makes her glorious.
I love love love the characters of all three of the knights! They are each so distinct in their personalities. Collin and Bennet are so romantic; they made me laugh and giggle. I love how Collin is such a clown, always light-hearted and making jokes. I love how Bennet is all about the intellect and the art. He’s a poet at heart, I think.
Derrick is just smoldering and chivalrous and strong and sweet and manly and thoughtful and… yes, I liked him. a little. OKay, a LOT! I fell in love with Derrick pretty much right away.
All great men, but Rosemarie can fall in love with only one!
The plot had a lot of great twists and turns, and I was on the edge of my seat and gasping and crying and freaking out when crazy stuff happened! There’s a lot of plotting and spying and fighting for political power. Rosemarie’s struggle to assert her political control over her courtiers, the sheriff, and the abbot, was so compelling. I was cheering for her to show her strength, and enforce her laws!
I thought the author did a superb job with showing a strong Christian message without being preachy or moralizing too much. The Christian message flows easily with the story and with the character’s development. Not an easy thing to write, but this author succeeds brilliantly! I was inspired and refreshed by the positive themes in the story!
For being a princess story, this book has a surprisingly low level of cheesiness. The writing is fresh and has a delightful clarity. The pacing is perfection. The world-building strikes just the right balance. The dialogue is neither too formal (No “thee”s and “thou”s like olden times), nor is it too informal like modern language. Everything about the world and the writing and the characters and dialogue paints this exquisite picture of a medieval world. It flows really well, and easily draws you in.
I desperately need the next book! Why didn’t you tell me it was part of a trilogy?! Cliffhangers… Gah!
Disclaimer: This book was received from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions herein are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced in any way by anyone.