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Preview — The Princess and the Pea by Victoria Alexander
The Princess and the Pea
Preparing to inherit her father's business empire, independent nineteenth-century beauty Cecily White resists money-seeking suitors, until she is tempted by the Earl of Greystone, who she insists must prove his love to her.
The blurb looked interesting, I found the premise amusing, even the characters initially were engaging. So why didn't I like this book more? Why?
1. Way, way, way to much telling, not nearly enough showing.
2. Character development is limited. Characters act without us having an understanding of why they are acting that way. One egregious example is that we are told Em (the heroine's sister) runs off to Paris ...more
I also liked that they fell in love pretty early in the book and instead of that being the end of their story, it was just the beginning. They had some issues to work out to get their HEA. And what a delightful trip it was.
There are also a lot of equally entertaining secondary characters. Jared's mother was great. Her tests for Cece were priceless.
The banter between Jar ...more
Since the two meet each other and fall in love before knowing the true identity of the other, they start out as a penniless inventor unable to marry his true love because he c ...more
It’s definitely a folly – though whose we can’t be certain.
Lady Olivia knows that her son Jared must marry an heiress and an American one seems to be the only option but that doesn’t mean she has to settle. Lady Olivia will make sure that the next Duchess will be a true lady worthy of her title even if she has to resort to her favorite Fairy Tale for ideas.
CeCe can’t believe it when her friend returns from England only to lament about the most gorgeous Duke whose mother shewed her ...more
Both young women were heiress's and the titled men in England were marrying American heiress's these days to restore their lost wealth. The Earl of Graystone had broken her friends heart, and his mother had rejected the poor the girl as well. Arrogant English men.
Cece decided she would go to England capture the Earl's heart and dump him, showing that American's were superior.
Meeting Jared Grayson sidetracked Cece's plan in ...more
By contrast, the Earl of Graystone was heir to an old and respected title, but their family fortunes had suffered of late. His family urged him to marry an heiress, a young lady of suitable family and wealth, who could bring real life ...more
There were quite a few things I didn't like about the novel. The biggest problem I had was the love triangle b ...more
Set in 1895, this is the story ...more
Spunky turn of the century American Heiress travels to Paris where she meets a young supposed penniless inventor and they begin to fall in love. At which point, he leaves her because he needs to marry money, and he turns out to be the Earl of Greystone. This she discovers when she returns to London. He's happy now that she's rich. She's furious that he wants to marry her now. Very nice set up for the rest of the story. Loved it. The writing is superb ...more
ตอนแรกทังคูเจอกันทีปารีสแตพระเอก ทังๆทีชอบนางเอกแตนึกวาเธอเปนคนจน เขาเลยสงจดหมายปฏิเสธเธอ นางเอกทังโกรธทังเศรา แตเมือมาเจอกันทีอังกฤษ แผนการทังหลายของทังชายและหญิงจึงเริมขึนเพือลอลวงอีกคนใหแตงงานดวย
everything was perfect in this book. i liked the characters the way they always made me laugh.
what i want to know is if Emily will end up with Quentin.
but i enjoyed the book either way. Can't wait to read more Victoria Alexander!!!!!!!
New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.
Since the publication of her first book in 1995, ...more