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If Amy Wilde’s new boyfriend, Leo, treats her like a queen, that’s because he’s secretly a prince himself: Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor in the world. Amy soon discovers that dating an heir to a throne has many charms—intimate dinners, glittering galas, and a dazzling new wardrobe with tiaras to match. But there are also...more
Paperback, 431 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Gallery Books
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CS
I tried to read Hester Browne's first book and put it down after, oh, 20 pages or so.

So I was reluctant to read THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS, but it was at my library and I needed something to read so...

Wow. Am I glad I picked it up.

I loved Hester Browne's voice in this book. Her writing is warm, and funny, and real. I gulped the book down as fast as I could.

Amy Wilde is a London-based gardener whose speciality is wildflowers (I see what you did with the name there, Browne.) She lives in a flat with her...more
Kathryn
This review is spoiler-free and here’s why: the title of the book alone is a huge spoiler, the prologue is an even bigger one, and the back cover blurb gives away one of the biggest “surprises” in the whole book. Not that chick-lits are bursting with suspense as a rule, but at least there is a flimsy veil drawn across how Our Heroine and Mr Perfect end up together. In this case, it was the sheer likability of the main characters and the wit and warmth of Browne’s writing that kept me turning the...more
Bethany
Hester Browne is a go-to to for fun, fluffy reads that still retain quality writing. I once likened reading The Little Lady Agency to eating a big piece of chocolate cake. Not an every day occurrence, because it is possible to have too much sugar, but enjoyable in the right moderation.

Browne does it here as well: the staple better-than-she-knows leading lady, the fun and smart best friends, the really cute guy who might just be too good to be true, and the situation that makes our leading lady s...more
Jacqueline's Reads
3 Stars

I am highly disappointed with The Runaway Princess. I love Hester Brown books and I have read all of them and so when I noticed this recent release, I was very excited.

Amy is your typical normal gal; she lives in London and co-owns a garden business. Amy meets Leo at a party and doesn’t know Leo’s a prince. I wish I could say the book is about Amy discovering who Leo is, but it’s not and that was probably the down fall of the book.

The first 60 pages were not necessary, I felt like it didn...more
Mel
I really liked this book. I thought for a fairy-tale type of story it was surprisingly believable and it really made me think of what I would do if faced with the same situations. I really did relate to Amy. She was a girl who took pride in working for everything she got and I liked that about her, she didn't let the glamour of dating a prince change her personality. She was a normal girl and I think that's what made the book not feel over the top, which a lot of modern princess stories can be a...more
kari
Mar 05, 2013 kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Hester Brown's books are always such fund with a leisurely pace and lots of character development.
What I like best is that the characters are believable with honest reasons for the behaviors, not turning completely into someone else at that last minute to make the plot work.
Amy is somewhat shy, but not because she doens't care for people or is uninterested. She has some bad past to constantly remind her of what happens when you let people in. I could eastily understand why she is the way she is...more
Howdy YAL
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I started this book right before my last final and had a hard time putting it down (thank God the final was open note and I basically started the book when study time was over).

This book was simply a breath of fresh air. Yeah, it was predictable and it was ridiculously fluffy, but I really enjoyed it.

Maybe it's because I love any book with princesses in it-you can blame Meg Cabot for that one folks. Also, I was sort of obses...more
Dragana
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 ar...more
Amygk
Totally guilty pleasure I grabbed in the library. Not sure how to rate it: I really enjoyed reading it, but it wasn't a good book (characters are one-dimensional, you know what is going to happen if you have ever read any other piece of chick lit). Still...I was entranced and enjoyed it in spite of myself.
Ruth
Amy Wilde may have a green thumb when it comes to plants, but when it comes to men she's all thumbs -- hopelessly frozen, bereft of a single intelligent thought or witticism. Her vivacious roommate Jo is determined to see Amy's perpetually single status changed for good at their next party -- a party that's gate-crashed by Rolf, a playboy with the godlike looks of an Adonis. But it isn't Rolf that captures Amy's eye -- it's his suspiciously normal (but equally handsome) friend Leo, with whom con...more
Abril
Rating: solid 3 stars

It was a nice cute read. The shy wallflower, middle income girl gets the prince, but I did however find the Leo character quite lacking. He was great and charming, but there really wasn't much depth to him. He didn't really have any flaws. Sure, he was really considerate made the heroine feel special, but he never made a mistake. There was no hidden traumas of being royal or emotions of resentment that his every action was monitored by the press. Or that he followed a schedu...more
Katherine Moses
This is a romance novel that centers on Amy Wilde. Amy meets and falls in love with a man who ends up being a prince. Amy is thrust into the world of royalty and struggles to fit into her new role. I believe that the author, Hester Browne, does a great job of writing relatable characters.
Amy is a landscape designer, she spends her days in digging in dirt and dresses in overalls and grubby clothes. She is just an everyday girl. I think a really important aspect of writing that Browne uses to mak...more
Beth
In Hester Browne’s The Runaway Princess, Amy Wilde is happy with her gardening business, her friends, and a life out of the spotlight. Then, she meets Leo. To her dismay, Amy finds out that her smart, funny, handsome boyfriend is really Prince Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor according to YoungHot&Royal.com! After a change occurs in the order of succession, Amy takes on the new role of princess-in-training. Her down-to-earth world is turned u...more
Pat
I love Hester Browne's books....they are one of my guilty-leasure reads. Such a find--a British chick-lit author who isn't crass, vulgar, or feels a need to explain EVERY detail of a relationship. I prefer to leave that to the imagination, and she does that quite well. One of the things I like best about Browne's books is that her main characters are REAL---they are ordinary women, worried about their hair, or their weight; dealing with things on an ordinary level and not a trace of so-gorgeous-...more
Lisa
I liked The Runaway Princess. I might've enjoyed it a bit more if it hadn't been such a long book.

It's about a "normal" girl who falls in love with a prince. It describes itself as "The Princess Diaries meets Runaway Bride" and this description is pretty much exactly what I would've compared it to.

I enjoyed the parts where she was being taught how to be "royal" the most. My main problem with it was the length. I thought there unnecessary parts and times when the book moved a bit slowly. Otherw...more
Ber
The good: Amy is out modern heroine, her struggle to remain herself and be the princess her fiancé 2nd from the throne Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg is surprisingly relatable. We are not Kate Middleton but many of us struggle for the same balance of remaining ourselves and being the person our partner needs.

The bad: The blurb on the back cover raises the question if Prince Charming is worth the price of losing oneself. I think Amy made the right decision but Hester Brown must have felt the pr...more
Angela
I absolutely loved The Runaway Princess! I haven't read much by Hester Browne but was thrilled with the idea of this story and it didn't disappoint! Amy was a great character, strong willed and normal. Leo, on the other hand...well, he's just amazing. He's the type of guy every girl wishes they would meet and the fact that he is a prince is only the icing on the cake! I wanted to move into the this novel just so I could meet him because he is so perfect and romantic. Can you tell I loved this bo...more
Anna001
Couple of seriously irritating points:
1. The MC doesn't seem to stand for anyone or anything-
E.g. when she lets Sofia and Liza push her around-like so much. I get that the author is trying to show how Amy is in a difficult position, but quite frankly I think the way that she handled it-to go along with it, disregard her values, and then run away from it all when it all gets too much-is hardly admirable.
2. The romance-Leo is perfect-too perfect. He lacks character and is really quite boring. Coup...more
Laurin Bell
Love Hester Browne - she's always got the right mix of "chick lit" lightness and "real Girl"ness, but this one fell a little short. I just felt like Leo wasn't developed enough, and the ending just kind of fell flat . . . like, she ran out of time and space, and just sewed everything up nice and neat. Though, to be fair, it was more of a 3-and-a-half star-er . . . they really need to start allowing the half stars.
Barbara
This was a modern story, told (at least I think so) in the manner of Lynn Kurland. Amy is an everyday girl, living in London, sharing a tiny flat with her friend Jo. They are night and day, Jo outgoing and knows everyone, Amy is shy and gets tongue-tied. At one of their parties, Amy exchanges a "look" with one of the party crashers who is named Leo. They meet for lunch in a beautiful garden and as Amy is a gardener, she recognizes a well-maintained, expensive area. Turns out Leo is a true real l...more
Jennifer
I loved this book. It was the perfect amount of girly, and I read it at a time when girly is what I desperately wanted to read. Hence the five stars. If I'd read it at any other point in time, I still would have given it a solid four star.
Rebecca
I liked all the characters in this book and I enjoyed the plot but I felt it was too long - there was several scenes that felt repetitive in terms of Amy disagreeing with Leo's attitude towards things she took for granted and vice versa. Some of these could have been cut as the book took place over what felt like a long period of time and I felt it could have been streamlined a little better.

Also the title and blurb are basically massive spoilers for the book. I don't think the blurb does the bo...more
Krista
Jun 02, 2013 Krista rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lydia
Thank you Vicky for recommending this book! However, I blame you for not getting enough sleep the past couple of nights. This book just made me smile. It was magical....
Lindsey
Loved this one. Really grew attached to the characters and even shed a few tears at the end! I love anything with the setting in London! :)
Mrs N
Well.
This book is ridiculous.
I did not let that stop me from enjoying it.
Megan Jones
Amy is a normal girl who unwittingly meets and falls in love with a Prince; Leo. What follows tells of their relationship and the difficulties of being in a royal family. Set against this is the mystery surrounding Amy's sister, Kelly, and what she did. The reader does not find out until the end which makes it more suspenseful. The characters are well written and it is a joy to read about them. I found this to be unputdownable and raced through this excellent read. This has everything; emotion ,...more
Cheshire
There is little more infuriating than a storyline with awesome characters and lots of potential... that just doesn't deliver. I was so wowed for the first half of the book, I must have looked like an idiot with how widely I was smiling. Amy and company were so endearing. I found Leo slightly too perfect at the beginning; he was the perfect gentleman, the dream boyfriend. He had the money and the means to make all of a girl's problems go away if she let him...

Doesn't that sound wonderful?

At first...more
Kathleen
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Liralen
This is exactly the sort of book that makes me consider renaming my kings and queens shelf princess fantasies. Fluff -- although satisfying in that Amy is not a blithering idiot -- with tiaras involved, basically. Very predictable, from the question of inheritance to, well, the question of inheritance, and with a limited view to the things that actually matter in a kingdom. Focus on the heroine (all we need to know that the hero is a hot prince, and a Serious Hot Prince at that, not like his cer...more
Squallogal
The story could have been magical, a little girls dream of meadows and love. Unfortunately the writing style kept dragging me out. Brackets, brackets everywhere and for none of them do I care. While reading I'd tart to get swept away and then this side narrative voice would pop up in brackets. It could be informational, historical or snarky commentary. The ideas could have been added not the canon without this method, or to be honest, left out all together. I loved the characters, all of them bu...more
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Hester Browne was born in England's Lake District, read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and worked as a fiction editor before leaving publishing to write full time. She enjoys Scottish reeling, driving, baking, and trawling eBay for estate sale bargains. She doesn't enjoy hot weather, tax returns, or any talent programme where people have to plead to be allowed to juggle flaming chainsaws o...more
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