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The Princess Plan

(A Royal Wedding #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  220 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,
ebook, 384 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by HQN Books
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Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and flirty royal romance with a splash of Mystery. I’ve read a couple books lately about Royals and I’m thinking I’m just fine being a commoner! I certainly wouldn’t want all these rules and restrictions, although they seem to have loosened up a little as of late. But I also wouldn’t want people all up in my business either. This was the story of Eliza A smart and sassy 20 something year old, and the daughter of a judge. Eliza was thrilled as can be just to meet a prince and was ...more
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
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THE PRINCESS PLAN (A Royal Wedding #1) by Julia London is the first book in a new historical romance series. A Cinderella styled romance with a mystery subplot.

Prince Sebastian of Alucia is in London to officially close a trade deal with England as well as secure a noble bride. The morning after a masked ball, the personal secretary and most trusted friend of the Prince is found murdered in his bed.

Every tongue in London is
Joanna Loves Reading
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Princess Plan pits a spinster mostly removed from society with a visiting Prince. It was an unlikely pairing, but for me, it rather worked. The reason their paths cross and tangle made sense. While it wasn’t perfect, I enjoyed the story and romance overall.

Sebastian is in England to hopefully secure a trade deal for his troubled fictional nation. He is also on the search for an British bride to further strengthen that connection. Eliza the daughter of a blind judge who helps with his
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
K.S. Marsden
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When his secretary and best friend is murdered, the Crown Prince of Alucia has to team up with the most unlikely ally.

I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Prince Sebastian is in London to officially close a trade deal; and to unofficially find a wife amongst the eligible English ladies. The first part is his passion; the second is with greatest reluctance.
Everything is thrown amiss when one of the Alucians is murdered.
Not satisfied with the progress of the
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 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
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 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
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!
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No planned princess here!

I really enjoyed the Tricklebank household. The maid who sits and has tea with her mistress. The mistress who mends clocks, the father who knits, the houseman Ben who is definately not the butler--much to the shock of both the Princes when he refuses to take their hats. No wonder the Prince Sebastian is confused, what with the daughter of the house, Eliza, who is a somewhat outspoken spinster (I could just imagine the scene when she discovered years early at a dinner
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Princess Plan by Julia London is the First book in A Royal Wedding Series. This is the story of Prince Sebastian of Alucia and Eliza Tricklebank. Sebastian is intrigued when Eliza and her family may know what happened to his personal secretary ends up dead. Eliza is all about solving the mystery of what happen to the assistant. This brings her closer to Sebastian when they start working together toward solving the mystery.
This was a good mystery romance book Although I did find Sebastian to
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.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, aar
Review to follow at AAR.
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
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
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.
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.
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
The Princess Plan is a wonderful romance with a touch of whodunit mystery, bringing together two very unlikely people. At first, the Prince is very much the arrogant aristocrat, not even remembering his introduction to Eliza at a ball. He isn’t unkind, but he knows where he fits into society, and she is just a commoner. But it’s her bold ways - she kicks him out of her house! - that makes her memorable, and after Sebastian gets over the shock, he realizes she is kind, honest, and trustworthy. He ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: victorian
There comes a time in every woman’s life when she stops giving a stuff what anyone thinks about her, and for Eliza Tricklebank, that time has come. At 28 years old in the Victorian era, without high connections or a large dowry, she’s firmly into spinster territory and she’s decided she’s going to savour the freedom brought by not caring. So when she has a few glasses (too many) of rum punch at a ball and gets the chance to meet a foreign prince, she seizes the day. She never expects to see him ...more
Katie Gallagher
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. The Princess Plan debuted November 19th.

This is my first foray into Julia London, but I’m already a fan. I thoroughly enjoyed The Princess Plan; it’s swoony, it’s funny, the prose is rock solid, and the character voices were excellent. The MC, Eliza, is a real hoot, and she’s smart. It often takes me a bit of time to build up rapport with
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Princess Plan is an incredibly charming historical romance with a murder mystery subplot. I picked this up while I was sick and it totally hit the spot! Eliza Tricklebank is a spinster and commoner who publishes a ladies gazette with the latest gossip. She cares for her blind father, repairs clocks as a hobby, has a scandal in her past, and no longer cares what anyone in society thinks. So when circumstances throw her in the path of a foreign prince, she is the first person not to bend over ...more
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
This book gets a 3-star rating because I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t do anything for me, either. It took me a long time to read because I was busy, but also because I got interested in other books. The characters’ inner monologues were very repetitive, and there really wasn’t anything about Eliza that made me think she was a great heroine. She spoke her mind and didn’t give proper deference to the prince because she was viewed as a spinster and didn’t feel as constricted by the rules of ...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
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming ...more

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