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The Princess Plan

(A Royal Wedding #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Princes have pomp and glory—not crushes on commoners.

Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime,
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Expected publication: November 26th 2019 by HQN Books
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    ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

    Sadly this book was a DNF. About 60 percent in and couldn't continue. I did skim the rest with hope of possible improvement, sadly no.

    The romance was sadly lacking and the characters were flatline and one demential. And the historical prospective in this book felt more like a modern romance trying to be a historical.

    Eliza and Sebastian just were not very likable or believable with some of their actions and decision making
    Jen Ryland
    Oct 27, 2019 marked it as setting-aside-for-now
    Usually love JL books but couldn't get into this at all.

    Sadly setting aside for now.
    Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Can a prince find in an unsuitable English woman the perfect bride he is looking for.

    This is my first read by Julia London.
    I know, I so very know I have a lot of wonderful authors’ work to catch up, and I very slowly, too slowly try to eliminate the backlog but what I thought an easy task is getting harder and harder every passing day as each rise of the sun brings new writers to my knowledge.
    I do also know I’m no major in history nor English language ( far from that as I’m a self taught reader
    DNF at around 50%. I hate giving up on books, especially this far in, but I’ve reached my limit with these characters. Someone with a greater patience level may enjoy the story (hence the 2 stars instead of 1), but you will need to suspend all disbelief to do so.

    The story has a promising beginning with a masquerade ball at which Eliza, a contented spinster, inadvertently runs into Prince Sebastian (of a fictitious European nation) while trying to escape an overzealous hostess. However, any
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
    3.5 stars

    This synopsis + Julia London = no way I was going to miss out on reading it.

    I really liked Eliza and Sebastian. She’s used to doing whatever she wants because she’s a spinster. He’s used to doing what’s expected of him because he’s the prince. Together they have open conversations and decent banter. I loved Eliza’s sister and their BFF and I’m sincerely hoping each of them will get a story.

    Plot wise, it was okay. The murder thread of the story didn’t really add much and in parts it
    Shoshana G
    Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: romance
    This did not work for me. I like historical fiction for similar reasons as fantasy - both let me get immersed in another world. However, I didn't like the ways this skirted the boundaries of historical fiction and went fantastical. I didn't like the made up country (which I have liked in other contexts, most notably A Brief History of Montmaray) and I didn't find the romance believable or compelling. Eliza's backstory was good, but the meet cute fell flat for me and I never bought any of the ...more
    Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, 2019, rrrc
    This book was a fun read. I really enjoyed the character Eliza Tricklebank and seeing how she as a 'spinster' interacted with the prince and how it was completely differently than how everyone else interacted with him.

    It was fun to see the relationship grow and change between Eliza and Sebastian.

    Most historical romances I've read the main female character was actively trying to find a husband. This one was different since Eliza seemed quite content being a spinster, repairing clocks and taking
    Sara Archibald
    Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book has a great story line that will keep readers on their toes wanting to figure out who killed the secretary and wanting to know if Sebastian follow his heart and do everything in his power to make Eliza his or will he walk away. This is definitely a pager turner!
    Tracy Emro
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    3.5 stars, rounded up.

    Miss Eliza Tricklebank lives a quiet life as a spinster, she fixes clocks, cares for her father who is blind and a justice for the Queen and she helps her sister with her woman’s gazette. It may not be the life she had dreamed of, but she is happy. When the opportunity arises to join her sister and their dear friend Lady Caroline Hawkes at a masquerade ball for the visiting crown prince of Alucia, she jumps at the chance.

    Sebastian Charles Chartier, the Crowned Prince of
    Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arc
    Miss Eliza Tricklebank may be a spinster but she's content with her life caring for her blind father, a court justice, and helping her sister with the ladies' gazette she publishes. But when a foreign prince visits London and Eliza has the opportunity to attend a royal masquerade ball, she jumps at the chance. When the personal secretary, and close friend, of Prince Sebastian turns up murdered the next morning, Eliza and her father wind up in possession of an anonymous tip, which she and her ...more
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Classic regency mystery and romance with a lovable heroine in Eliza Tricklebank. She is a practical sassy like Lady Emily in Tasha Alexander's series. The mystery in this one seemed to stall a bit at times, but the resolution was very satisfying. Truly a fairy tale ending!

    Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
    This book has been a bit of a struggle.... there are two stands to this story. Firstly, Prince Sebastian has come to Victorian England to sort out a trade deal for his country. While visiting his Personal Secretary is murdered but no one knows why. He has also come to find a bride. The second story is about Prince Sebastian's friendship with Eliza Tricklebank - quirky, sassy, clock repairing daughter of a judge. Eliza and Sebastian both want to solve the murder and work together to do so.

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    ARC received via Edelweis for an honest review

    Now, I have had book friends telling me forever that I need to read Julia London books. Yeah, I reply, I will get there one day.

    Now after reading The Princess Plan, I am kicking myself for taking so long to start!

    The blurb of The Princess Plan drew me right in. I am a bit of a sucker for historical romances at the moment

    This book had a bit of a Darcy/Elizabeth, Austenesque vibe - with a bit of a murder/mystery thrown in for good measure.

    Yes, all
    Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Eliza, the daughter of a judge and loves to repair clocks, attends a masquerade ball at Kensington Palace in honor of a visiting Prince from another country. His goal is to attain trading rights and acquire an English bride to seal the deal. From their first encounter things are memorable for her, but him, not so much, until they meet face to face and she becomes unforgettable. Murder, political negotiations and the pair trying to solve who done it, keep the book
    Carole Burant
    Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
    I finally had the chance to read this book and I must say I was a bit disappointed in it, it really went on much too long and the whole story just dragged for me. I did love Eliza's character, she was so perky and funny but I couldn't warm up to Sebastian's character. As for the murder mystery plot and Eliza helping Sebastian figure out who the murderer is, I also found that to drag on.

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
    Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: 2019
    Prince Sebastian of Alucia is in London to develop a trade deal and to also find an English bride who will be an advantage to his country. Eliza Tricklebank was betrayed by her lover years ago and has therefore become a spinster, writing a gossip column, fixing clocks, and caring for her blind judge father. The two characters are given only a superficial back story. I never came to care about either one. It's a stretch how the Prince and the spinster come together to solve the murder of his ...more
    Sofia Lazaridou
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
    The Princess Plan is the first book in the "A Royal Wedding series by Julia London. If the first book is any indication of how the rest of the series will be, I will not continue with the series. The beginning of the book was bad in my opinion.

    The story started with a different point of view from the main characters which threw me off the loop and then there was something about the way the story was told that simply weirded me out. I had a hard time getting into the story and when I did, I was
    Kimberley C.
    Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    It has been a while since I’ve read a Regency romance, so i decided to request this one to see if I still enjoy them. I’d read a few reviews on Netgalley, and there were many that found it lacklustre. I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed it. The mystery was just enough to keep me interested, without rolling my eyes. I enjoyed Eliza quite a bit; she was refreshing and funny. I also liked Sebastian, and found that his storyline of being bound by traditions was believable. 4 stars.
    Kimberley C.
    Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    It has been a while since I’ve read a Regency romance, so i decided to request this one to see if I still enjoy them. I’d read a few reviews on Netgalley, and there were many that found it lacklustre. I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed it. The mystery was just enough to keep me interested, without rolling my eyes. I enjoyed Eliza quite a bit; she was refreshing and funny. I also liked Sebastian, and found that his storyline of being bound by traditions was believable. 4 stars.
    Jamie :)
    Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    **Thanks so much Harlequin and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book! All thoughts and opinions are my own!**

    The Princess Plan was a very enjoyable light read. Characters that are easily lovable in their light heartedness regardless of their predictability. This is the type of book you sandwich in between two really heavy INTENSE fantasy books because you just need some mush without having to worry about your characters life hanging in the balance every two seconds (THE AGONY)!

    This was
    Rosanne Lortz
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
    Eliza Tricklebank is not expected to make a brilliant match, much less a royal one. But when the private secretary of a visiting prince is murdered and her newspaper for ladies receives and anonymous tip about the culprit, she finds herself thrown unexpectedly into the company of Prince Sebastian of Alucia. Unabashed by his royal dignity, Eliza hectors and lectures him on his rude manners in a way he's never experienced before. As they work to solve the crime together, Sebastian finds himself ...more
    As someone who enjoys a good historical romance I had high hopes for this book despite not having read anything by the author before. Unfortunately though, despite a promising premise, this really didn't work for me and I came very close to DNF ing it more than once.

    Given the story is about an unconventional woman who gets mixed up with a foreign prince I think I was expecting a sort of a Cinderella story, and there are elements of that, but the story as a whole feels very confused and is trying
    Sue's Romance Reviews
    Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    If I ever have a chance to live a fairy tale, let it be like this one!

    Eliza is a spinster and a commoner. Sebastian is a Prince. Where one is ignored, the other is fawned over.

    Sebastian has come to England on business and to secure what he wants, he will need to choose an influential bride. What he does not expect is the murder of his most trusted friend and to find an undying love with someone who can never truly be his.

    Eliza has come to be content with the life she has been given. That is,
    Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)

    So, where to begin? Oh yes, I received this title in exchange for an honest review. I read and reviewed this title voluntarily.

    Now, I think the biggest problem with this novel is the page count. It was just too much for the story and because of that it dragged in many places. It took me forever to get through this book for that reason.

    I love the characters and romance! Best part of the story and the only reason I kept reading. They just really saved this for me.

    The writing, sometimes it
    Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Delightful. A most unusual story about finding true love. Evil in the court, family and friendships that last a lifetime.
    Eliza is a wonderful woman who has suffered extreme humiliation and heartbreak. She has recovered and become a quirky, Intelligent and talented woman. Prince Sebastian has big problems in both business and personal life. All of that makes a great story. Touching and romantic. Lovely.
    Kari Marie
    The Princess Plan is a historical romance. I started out devouring this book. By 50% in I had to force myself to continue. The middle got a little boring. The prince lost his one and only best friend and all he can think about is some girl. This dude barely grieved. I give this book a sold 3 stars. The characters had some good moments in the beginning but by the middle it was boring.

    Thank you to NetGalley for the free copy. This is an honest review.
    Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    Unfortunately I was not taken by this historical romance about a prince looking for an English bride. Julie is spunky and surprised to find herself within royal circles. Despite her quirky and curious personality it wasn't enough to hold my interest. this novel dragged with flowerly language and a boring prince. Just not my cup of tea.
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
    The characters and the story in this one seemed to be at odds with each other. The characters made some very bad choices and well I just kind of gave up with this story about 60% in. I did finish it but I should have just DNFed it.
    Aug 13, 2019 added it
    Shelves: dnf, own, arc
    DNF. I love the female MC's IDGAF attitude at the ball, but I suspect that's mostly the rum talking. But I don't care at all about the male MC and this writing style isn't doing it for me. So, DNF.
    Ana Bierle czernek
    Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    If you’re looking for an engaging romance with a side of intrigue, this is one you should pick up!
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