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The Princess Plan

(A Royal Wedding #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,135 ratings  ·  353 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, prom
Mass Market Paperback, 392 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by HQN
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Dash fan
4☆ A Sweet Romance with a dash of Mystery and Intrigue.

The Princess Plan is a wonderful sweet romance with a dash of mystery and intrigue.

Prince Sebastian meets Eliza when he is investigating the murder of one of Prince Sebastian's close friend.

Eliza is a Spinster, Daughter to a Judge and in reality is not a suitable Princess but Sebastian is very much taken aback by her.

Eliza is a Strong, Independent Women who knows what she wants, and takes pleasure in making sure Sebastian knows his place.
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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
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Prince Sebastian is searching for a bride. Eliza is a spinster, caring for her blind father (a distinguished judge) after a failed courtship. When they cross paths at a ball and sparks fly, Eliza is just impressed she can cross meeting a prince off her bucket list. But something terrible occurred the night of the ball, and Eliza may hold the key to solving it. I’ve been reading lots of historical romances lately and I really enjoyed this one. Lovely, lavish descriptions. Slow burn romance with s ...more
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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 waggin
Ivana - Diary of Difference
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#1 The Princess Plan - ★★★
#2 A Royal Kiss and Tell - TBR

I received The Princess Plan by Julia London from the amazing team at Mills & Boon. This is the first book in the series A Royal Wedding.

Historical romances are a hit or miss for me, and this one didn’t really hit the mark like I wanted it to. Prince Sebastian of Alucia is on his visit in London, when his personal secretary is murdered.

And a murder such as this one creates a very big
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aar, arc
I've given this a D at AAR.

I’ve read and enjoyed a number of Julia London’s books in the past, so I thought I’d give her latest title a try.  The Princess Plan is billed as a mixture of mystery and romance, in which a visiting prince teams up with a lively spinster to solve a murder and falls in love along the way.  It seemed as though it might be an enjoyable romp, but sadly wasn’t.  The mystery wasn’t mysterious, the romantic development was non-existent, it wasn’t fun and it wasn’t a romp.  U
Joanna Loves Reading
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 corresp
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the plot of the book. Putting murder plot, in the middle of wedding and negotiations of two countries was really interesting. Characters as ok, and they have their moments, especially Eliza, as she was quite strong character, but for the most part I couldn't feel connection with them.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jen Ryland
Oct 27, 2019 marked it as setting-aside-for-now  ·  review of another edition
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
Lover of Romance
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

In The Princess Plan, which is the first book in this authors latest series "A Royal Wedding" is quite a unique story and one that I have to be honest I was so on the shelf about whether I would be reading this book. Not because I don't admire or appreciate the author, quite the opposite. BUT sometimes her books are so SLOW for me and I am already struggling picking up historical romances of late and I had NO idea what this book
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 offi
The Princess Plan was an enjoyable read featuring a royalty romance and an intriguing mystery plotline.

Prince Sebastian of Alucia is hoping to spend as little time in London as possible. He simply wants to finish negotiating a trade deal for Alucia and secure a bride so he can return home. But when Sebastian’s personal secretary is murdered, he finds his priorities changed. Having little faith in England’s authorities to find the killer, Sebastian begins looking into the murder on his own leadin
Completely Melanie
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: unhauled
I give this 3.5. It's a historical romance, and though that is not a genre that I usually like, I did enjoy this one. ...more
Tracy Emro
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Alu
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 fe
Robin Loves Reading
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Prince Sebastian of Alucia is beside himself when his secretary is murdered. When Sebastian discovers that the woman behind a gossip gazette, Eliza Tricklebank, has reported what he thinks is false information about the murder, he decides to investigate things himself.

Before he knows it, they are working alongside one another. What's more is that they previously met at a masked ball, and a connection between the pair was made, no matter how impossible that would e for Sebasti
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 chem
Shoshana G
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 sub ...more
Renaissance Kate
This was a fun read that provided an interesting blend of historical romance and murder mystery. Some parts were overly silly, while others were deadly serious, making the tone of the story difficult to nail down. Julia London also created a couple fictional countries for plot purposes, and the worldbuilding wasn't as strong as it could've been to make them believable . However, I loved some of the character dynamics, especially the friendship between Eliza, Caro, and Hollis. The murderer was ea ...more
Leanne | Read Sweetly to Me
2.5 but I rounded it up

This book seemed longer than it actually was. The writing matches the time period quite well and it is well written, but I did get a bit bored with it after a while.

I think part of that has to do with the characters. The innane gossiping of the women, and Sebastian's constant moaning about his life, got quite old after a while. I think Eliza was supposed to come across as a 'breath of fresh air', different to the women who throw themselves at the prince, but she was so di
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review on my website

What a beautiful new historical romance A Royal Wedding series, that has been inspired by the very real fairy tale with Meghan Markle married Prince Harry.

The story of The Princess Plan is a romantic fantasy set in London in the Victorian era with a handsome prince that meets Eliza Tricklebank. The plot has a contemporary twist where the women are strong and outspoken, that perhaps women of today can relate too.

The story is beautifully plann
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
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 sis ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rrrc, netgalley, 2019
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
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 and 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.
Sara Archibald
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Scandal and gossip have always been supreme in Victorian London, and being a member of a group publishing the only women's gazette in London has been perfect for Miss Eliza Tricklebank. When the Crown Prince of Alucia, Sebastian, arrives in England to find a bride and secure a lucrative trade deal, Eliza and sister Hollis, want to get invited to the royal ball, to find out the gossip for their
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My dear Ms. London, it has been too long. How could I have neglected reading you for the past few years? I confess I was enticed away with kinky shenanigans and the drudgery of a day job. This time away only makes the heart grow fonder. Starting this new series is a breath of fresh air. A definite page turner for me, I kept trying to guess the ending. Fair warning, this ending is a bit of a strength. Not quite a deus ex machina but a bit close.

Set in the London high society, Eliza Tricklebank is
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 par
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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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