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La Princesa Fugitiva

(Princess #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,288 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Cuando murió la anciana dama que la había rescatado de un orfanato y la había adoptado, Evangeline decidió permitirse una aventura antes de aceptar la realidad y llevar una vida humilde en un pequeño pueblo de Inglaterra.
Paperback, 364 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Ediciones B (first published March 1999)
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Yikes. Thus far this is way too bodice ripper-y and not nearly enough good story-y for me...I actually considered not reading it at all, I was so turned off by the sample on the first page (especially now that there are Christmas present books to be read!) But I started it, and it's not awful (yet), so I'll probably finish it because that's what I do. Definitely glad I didn't pay for it though!

Update: forgot I was actually going to sorta kinda write a review of this one, and now it's been a whil
Juliana Philippa
(4.5 stars) I've read this book four times and though it dropped half a star this time from the last read, that brings it to a still-very-strong 4.5 star-read. Apparently doesn't have great ratings, but I don't know why — I enjoyed it!

I really loved the heroine; I thought Evangeline was refreshing, loved that she was so independent and intelligent and that that was shown off again and again. I also appreciated that she kept on insisting she wasn't the princess, and Dodd didn't have her immediate
3 but it ended at 1

I didn't understand that this was a fantasy romance when I started reading. So I was disappointed with the prophecy, the saint that was a 1,000 year old nun, and the magical box.

The sexual tension was good but the rapey vibe was strong (view spoiler). The action doe
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot and pace are on point but the ending is just abrupt I wish there was an epilogue.
I really like the plot about a captive heroine, so I easily got into this book from the first chapter. However, there are some settings that I couldn't quite understand but it's fine because they are just small points you can look over without any problem.

The main reason why I think The Runaway Princess is above other average historical romance books I've ever read is Danior. He is so gentle, caring and wh
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little ashamed that I even picked this book up in the first place. But it was there, it was free, and I needed something to read.

Given that this kind of book, a romance, isn't generally my style, it was difficult to get into with my pausing every few minutes to stifle my giggling. I will say that I would have had to put the book down if there were the words "heaving bosom" in there anywhere.

Also taking into consideration the time period this book was written in, I had to stifle my inner Al
Rea K
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So far (and I'm about halfway through, much to my shame) this book is soldly built on sexual tension (well... almost entirely built on sex and some minor tension). The story sucks. Seriously, why not have some fantastic discussion as to why the hell you are kidnapping someone before you kidnap them (at least before you make an attempt to rape them)? When I picked it up, I was craving historical romance with an actual story (read some decent build up to romance and kissing, etc, not just mashing ...more
I know this book is Fictional, but the so called "Heroine" is so completley STUPID that I had to put the book down 3 times and force myself to finish it!!!! Come on C.D., I know there has to be some conflict and drama, but really!!!!

There is lot of lack of realism throughout the story and Im not referreing to the milennia old nun!! The female character Evangeline is simply an idiot who by the way,did amazing feats things - like descending a cliff- simply from reading about how to do it. Evange
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
This is the first of Christina Dodds books that I have read, and I really enjoyed it and will definately be ferreting some more out more.

It is about Evangeline Scoffield of East Little Teignmouth Cornwall, who whilst seeking adventure gets mistaken for a princess of a remote European country and dragged back there by the prince of the neighbouring country so they can marry. I know the story sounds quite far fetched and a little silly, however; it was an enjoyable read with some funny moments. My
This was a really cute story, I enjoyed it.
Evangeline Scoffield was the heroine, and Prince Danior of Baminia the hero. Danior is convinced that Evangeline is the princess he's to marry, but she insists she isn't, and you're left wondering, trying to figure it out yourself, is she or isn't she? It's was enjoyable watching the two together, and their bantering and interaction as they made their way through to the country of Baminia.
It's been a while since a book grabbed my attention. I really enjoyed this book. It was a simple plot and predictable but the writing was well done making me not want to put it down. It's an easy, relaxing read. No forced seduction. Kidnapping us. A decent hero who was arrogant but did good by the heroine. My only complaint is that the romance took place in a span of a few days, so the romance didn't have enough time to really develop in my opinion. It did give a sense of urgency and danger to t ...more
Karen Darling
Nov 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Did not like. This book was all over the place from the very beginning.
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Paranormal Romance
Growing up in an orphanage, poor and without family, the heroine was saved by her patroness who took her in and taught her the wonders to be found in books. She knows several languages, she knows how to fight (at least in theory) and she knows the overall working of sex. But reading these things in book is far different from experiencing them for yourself so with that in mind and with the inheritance she received, the heroine has begun traveling the world. And things were going decently if a bit ...more
Erin Kyle
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It's marvelous. It's a little girl's "I'm really a princess in hiding?!" fantasy with a real-world edge. The prince doesn't whisk the willing princess away on horseback, waving to fawning crowds. Oh, no. This prince hefts the reluctant princess over his shoulder (ingloriously) and stomps away with her, taking secret backroads and dodging rebels and traitors on his way to the palace. Evangeline spends 3/4 of the story shouting "It's not me! It's not me! You've got the wrong one! ...more
Christie P.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, Historical
After being left some money from the woman who was her employer, Evangeline Scoffield decides to travel as a woman of mystery and experience a life style she has never known.

All is going well until a dark and dangerous looking man discovers her and kidnaps her from the hotel.

Danior, Crown Prince of Serephinia, has spent his entire life looking for the runaway princess he is set to marry to unite two neighboring countries. He knows he has found her in Evangeline, no matter how many times she tell
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Nancy Brooks
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd rate this one at three and a half if I could. It was well written with an elaborate plot.
Evangeline is a briliant heroine but the "too stupid to live" moments she has a couple of times keep me from giving this a higher rating. Danior is the honorable prince of a fictional kingdom who is trying to find his fianced princess in order to unite their warring kingdoms and restore prosperity according to legend. Here's where the plot gets dicey. Evangeline is taken from an English orphanage at age
Kate Cardenas
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MasqueradeEnglish orphan Miss Evangeline Scoffield has spent her life contenting herself with dreams. But with an unforseen inheritance, she can afford one perfect summer--a summer she will spend the rest of her life remembering. She buys herself expensive clothes, travels abroad, and presents herself as a lady of mystery.

MarriageBut she quickly discovers her mistake, for a darkly handsome man appears at her bedroom door, claiming to be a Crown Prince--and her fiance.

Or the Ever After of Her Dre
May 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second time I read this book. I liked it the first time I read it, and I liked it this time too.

The heroine is an orphan living it up on an inheritance, having a bit of an adventure in the Pyrenees before she goes back to England and opens a bookstore. Then she is plunged into an adventure when she is mistaken for a runaway princess, by the prince, no less. The one the princess is supposed to marry. There are daring escapes, smoldering looks, rescues, banter, explosions, double ente
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believed the whole Runaway Princess idea however why didn't Evangeline explain her life prior to being eleven to explain why she wasn't the princess? She kept saying how her parents were dead, how she was rescued from an English orphanage, but nothing more. I know it would ruin the misunderstanding, but it seems like a logical subject to discuss, and they never did. It obviously bothered me for most of the story, especially when I could already determine Evangeline was not the princess.

All tha
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance/Fantasy Lovers
Super sweet story with a true fairy-tale ending! Loved the heroine with her intelligence, strength, and cunning. The hero started out a little too staunchly, conservative, and rather boring and predictable, but he grows on you. The heroine is a much stronger, more interesting character with more depth. She carries the interest of the reader much more than her counterpart. Still the drama, the action, the romance is sparkling enough to make up for any deficiencies in character of the hero. It end ...more
I always enjoy Dodd's novels and this one didn't disappoint. I kept going back and forth trying to decide if Evangeline was really the princess or not. I like a book that keeps me guessing. It had adventure, political intrigue and, of course, romance. I appreciate the way Dodd ended it, no cliches for her. ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christina-dodd
This is not a page Turner, it took 5 months to finish it. The only reason why I pushed through is that I paid for it and I didn't want to remove it from my library without finishing it. Now I have to figure out a way to remove it from my brain. ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This is a fairly shallow romance about a woman mistaken for the runaway princess of a made-up country. Naturally, the person mistaking her is a prince of a neighboring made-up country. And did I mention the countries are made up? If you know geography, this will bother you.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Older title

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading these earlier works. So many of the writers that I follow started in the historical genre before they moved on to more contemporary lines.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while I read a romance novel just to remind myself how utterly stupid they are.
Elven Johnson
Great until the ending. It just fell apart.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a sweet and simple romance! Danior is the epitome of the best morals in a man. Nominating Evangeline for Disney princesshood, her campaign slogan, "Beauty is Found Within" ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the whole thing through without stopping. It was that good!!
Read in digital format for Readers' Advisory, part of the challenge to read past my usual genres. ...more
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