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The Runaway Princess

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,612 ratings  ·  409 reviews
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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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
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
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
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
I'm becoming increasingly angry reading this mess of a supposed modern fairy-tale. The main characters have NO personality, the book skips over important events and casually mentions what could have been entertaining scenarios in fleeting terms, and if I read "sausage rolls," "daisy," or "Nirona" one more time I swear I will scream. Nirona. Seriously. Stupidest name for an imaginary kingdom. I literally cringe every time it's mentioned, and that's a whole heck of a lot.

The prince isn't likable,
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
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
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
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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
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
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.
Boring, dull, totally unrealistic and annoying. Amy is silly and stupid. The title gives away the story. Such a silly read. Wasted my time. I do not recommend it.
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
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
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
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&! 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
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
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
Dean MacKinnon-Thomson

I don't recommend this, disappointing book.

Characters: stereotypes. Few of them lovable, and the primary protag (Amy) is insultingly anti-feminist. A woman who naturally cant take compliments or handle her own emotions... Ffs... And using a flat uber-bitch from career land in form of Sophia does NOT balance out Amy anti-fem character! Not all feminists are heartless career scum who loath family and enjoy stress work... sophia is just another stereotype.

Plot: confused. First 15% of book isnt
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
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
Jan 27, 2015 Rissi added it
Shelves: 2015
Review to come.
The genre of The Runaway Princess is romance. It is pretty fast paced without brushing over important details. This isn't a young or forbidden romance novel, so if you enjoyed Twilight for its forbidden love and fantasy aspects, this book would not be for you. But if you liked To Marry A Prince then you might find interest in this book. The Runaway Princess is fairly cheesy, and not the best romance novel I've ever read, but I had not found a book a liked in a while, and this book intrigued me ...more
A fluffy, predictable-but-cute chick-lit about a sweet young woman who falls in love with a charming prince and struggles with royal expectations.


Amelia Wilde is a twenty-something English girl who is sweet, naive, and bashful. Her humor is rather self-deprecating, but it's her optimism and down-to-earth character that attracts Leo Wolfsburg, a handsome fund manager who is an all-round perfect gentleman. Unbeknownst to Amy, Leo is in fact the prince of a modest principality. Following th
Leah Wolff
You should read this book if you're looking for a fluffy, cutesy, decent enough book that you can read without having to think too hard. If you're wanting something challenging or intellectually stimulating, you'll be disappointed. But I wanted something that I could lay out and read on the beach without having to pay too much attention and think too hard about really anything and yes, sipping on some rum and coke. So that's who I would recommend this book to.

Also, I'm a sucker for fairy tale-e
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.
This book was just what the Doctor ordered!! Light, funny, heart-warming and all the makings of a fabulous rainy day read, teamed with a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate :)

My only tiny issue was the "hero" was just so perfect! Not a fault! But, on the other hand, it is fiction and who wouldn't want a perfect hero in our ideal world :)
Maegan Santa cruz
This book made me cry over fictional characters, and had me head over heels. Hester Browne made every character come to life, and had a perfect plot for a perfect story. This book teaches a moral. It doesn't matter if your poor or rich. You deserve to be happy. A beautifully written book that makes you want to read it over and over again. Also shows partial (Browne's Idea) of the life of a prince, and the life of a gardener, and them together. Browne also describes that every single relationship ...more
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
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.
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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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