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The Runaway Princess

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,972 Ratings  ·  516 Reviews
Amy Wilde is tired of the idiots her glamorous flatmate Jo tries to set her up with – she’d much rather be landscaping a garden with her dog Badger at her side than trying to find the man of her dreams. That is, until she meets Leo Wolfsburg. Handsome, polite, funny, intriguing – Leo is everything Amy could want in a man. Best of all, the attraction seems mutual.

But Leo’s
Paperback, 509 pages
Published June 6th 2013 by Quercus Books (first published December 1st 2012)
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Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:
The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne stars Amy Wilde as an up-and-coming garden designer in London, hailing from small-town Yorkshire. On New Year's Eve, her fun-loving best friend and roommate throws a party where she meets Leo, a fund manager that she instantly has an attraction to. What she doesn't know is that he's a prince, and Amy's middle-class life is about to be turned upside-down.

I really enjoyed the romance of The Runaway Princess. L
Nada A.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok

I am extremely disappointed, although this is entirely my fault. I was super excited going into this because the premise sounds exactly like the kind of story I love to read about (I'm a sucker for Kate Middleton-type stories) but this ended up being just irritating.

The first quarter of the book was fine, interesting even. I enjoyed all the character development and Amy and Leo's blossoming relationship but the more their relationship progressed the more annoyed I got.

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
Miranda Kenneally
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a little while to get into this but I'm so glad I stuck with it because it was hilarious and sweet. Loved the romance.
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,
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Gardening, family, friends, love, royalty.

This was such a fun listen, read by one of my auto-buy narrators.

It's feel-good fun at its best.

Full review to come.
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
Absolutely loved it! Perfect blend of romance, wittiness and angsty plot. It was funny, incredibly well written and very good. I love reading a book that really gives a well rounded account of a couple falling in love. They have friends, their own lives and their own problems. Each person brings their own life to the table and reading about that makes a book so much more rich.
And I love Royal romance. So add that, and this book was a total winner.

Loved Amy, and completely connected with her and
Feb 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5

Reading secular rom-com isn't always my cup of tea. Fortunately I'd read a stellar review for this novel which led me to buy a copy. After that The Runaway Princess sat on my shelf being good for nothing but taking up space. Once I finally got into it, I had to ask myself: why did I wait so long to read this!?

The snappy dialogue (which is deliciously British), its British setting and wonderfully colorful characters gives this book an edge. Sure it will probably conjur
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2012
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
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars-This was a really fun book. Typical nobody meets a prince love story with lots of flair in between. It felt a little rushed at the end, but I still really enjoyed the characters and their stories.
Valery Tikappa
Quando ho letto le recensioni di "Regalami una favola" devo ammettere che mi sono scoraggiata. Ce n'erano molte davvero pessime e non sapevo bene se fidarmi o meno. Poi, avendo recuperato il libro in scambio, ho deciso di leggerlo e togliermi ogni dubbio da sola.
Vi dirò, non mi è dispiaciuto per niente.
La storia di Amy è, appunto, una favola; incontra un principe, Leo, e si ritrova catapultata nell'altissima società e in uno stile di vita che una giardiniera come lei non avrebbe mai potuto immag
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hester Browne is an author I’ve never, ever tried before. She’s written about six novels, but all have passed me by. If I’m being honest it’s because most of her novels are about posh people. They radiate poshness and elegance and it’s generally not something that appeals to me. However, after reading The Runaway Princess, I am very very wrong. Hester Browne’s books may look, sound and perhaps be a bit posh, but that is not a bad thing at all and she’s one of the most talented Chick Lit writers ...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just want to start by saying how GORGEOUS the front cover is! I am a huge fan of floral patterns and the cover of The Runaway Princess grabbed my attention straight away! I had never read a book by Hester Browne before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m always very keen to try new authors, as you never know, you might discover your new favourite book or author. I can say I’m ever so pleased I picked up The Runaway Princess and took the time to see what Hester’s books are like!

Amy is so f
Hannah H.
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will say, while I enjoyed this book, I was a little disappointed by it. I am giving this book four stars because I really liked the main characters and the witty writing that Browne used in the book. For me, the beginning of this book felt really slow. I understand Amy's career and lifestyle had to be known and that it was necessary to introduce all of her friends, but it took a long time for this book to really build up. It seemed like forever before we got to the start of the romance. A few ...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
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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