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Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha's Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops the mother of all bombshells--Brielle is a princess in the kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, King Tiwa Jimoh Adebayo, is failing.

Distraught by her mother's betrayal, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before assuming the throne or the crown will be passed to another. Uncertain who to choose from the council's list of bachelors, she struggles with the decision along with the weight of her new role in a new country. With her world totally shaken, she must take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring.

374 pages, Paperback

First published February 1, 2022

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Toni Shiloh

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and an award-winning Christian contemporary romance author. A native of Texas, she now lives in northern Virginia. Learn more at http://tonishiloh.com.

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Profile Image for Oceana.
631 reviews819 followers
February 1, 2022
I really enjoyed this!
The standouts for me were
- the plot: girl who didn’t know she was a PRINCESS?? Yes please.
- the faith: it was central in all the main characters’ lives and I loved that. Prayers and Bible reading were prominent.

At some points it felt a little unrealistic past the point of suspending my disbelief. I mean, finding a man to marry in less than 2 months? No thanks. But despite that, I really loved how mature the characters were in this situation.

Highly recommend!
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Author 62 books1,624 followers
January 16, 2022
Princess diaries blends with Wakanda in this sweet Romance with international flavor. Bri discovers that she's not who she thought -- she's much more. Before she can settle into the new identity she has to decide whether to release her old life to step into the new. This novel will warm the heart of every woman who wonders what it would be like to be a princess...while understanding our true identity comes from within. I very much enjoyed it.
Profile Image for Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls).
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September 15, 2022
About this book:

“Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha's Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops the mother of all bombshells--Brielle is a princess in the kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, King Tiwa Jimoh Adebayo, is failing.
Distraught by her mother's betrayal, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before assuming the throne or the crown will be passed to another. Uncertain who to choose from the council's list of bachelors, she struggles with the decision along with the weight of her new role in a new country. With her world totally shaken, she must take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring.”

Series: As of now, no. A stand-alone novel.

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are read & remembered; Many, many Prayers; Blessings over food; Many Talks about God, His will, & forgiveness; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Brielle has a dream similar to the one Samuel had that is recorded in the Bible (“Here I am, Lord”); Church going & a bit of who they are discussing in the Bible; Many mentions of God, His will, & forgiveness; Many mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches/chapels, church going, a pastor, & worshiping; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of faiths; A few mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of devotionals; A mention of a Bible study; A mention of sins;
*Note: When on a date, after the man says he will say the blessing, Brielle asks what if she wants to say grace, he replies that in a marriage the husband is the head of the household and the spiritual leader, she retorts back that they are not married; Another man tells Brielle that he doesn’t believe in love, so she questions his allegiance to God because God is love; Mentions of a Muslim population in the country, mosques, and the elder of their community mentioning that if a man doesn’t “follow the God he claims to profess, his word means nothing”; A mention of Hala carts in New York; A mention of Santa.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘bah’, a ‘gah!’, an ‘OMG’, an ‘oh my word’, a ‘shut up’, two ‘dang’s, and four ‘stupid’s; A mention of a curse (said, not written); Eye rolling; Grieving the death of a loved one; Mentions of a drowning & death; Mentions of slavery & past protests about slavery and the oppressions of Blacks and other racial unrest in the States (Brielle has seen some of these protests and says it stirred an anger she didn’t know what to do with); Mentions of threats; Mentions of a divorce; Mentions of rumors; Mentions of lies, lying, liars, & feeling betrayed; Mentions of smoking & cigars/pipes; A few mentions of social drinking (at dinner or parties); A couple mentions of vandalism; A couple mentions of throwing up; A mention of a hostage situation; A mention of jail; A mention of depression; A mention of blood; A mention of thinking about getting a tattoo;
*Note: Mentions of TV shows (Punk’d, Undercover Boss, The Bachelorette, Friends, and Law & Order); Mentions of social media platforms (Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest); Mention of other pop culture references and celebrities (Michael Jackson, Usain Bolt, the Grinch, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hermione from Harry Potter, the Narnia series, and Uber); A few mentions of movies (Pride & Prejudice, Return to Me, Lord of the Rings, & The Hobbit); A few mentions of brand names (Apple products, Wikipedia); A few mentions of a car brand (Mercedes).

Sexual Content- A hand kiss, two cheek kisses, four forehead/head kisses, a not-detailed kiss (married), a barely-above-not-detailed kiss (married), three semi-detailed kisses (all married), three detailed kisses (1 unmarried, 2 married), a very detailed kiss (married), and a kiss (semi-detailed) leading into a fade-to-black scene (no true details, but the leading up to it is barely-above-not-detailed); A bit of staring at someone’s lips; Embraces, Touches, & Hand holding (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to touch & be embraced (border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Flutters, Sparks, & Heat (barely-above-not-detailed); Winks & Blushes; Noticing & Smelling (border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); *Spoilers* ; Mentions of a wedding night, being prepared, sharing a bed (it’s an awkward conversation for Brielle and the man, but she thinks that they could share a bed and respect each other’s boundaries), being ready, & consummating a marriage; Mentions of illegitimate children, a father doubting a child is his, cheating, & women “comforting” (sleeping with) married men to get something they want (the woman who brings this up says women in her family have been sleeping with men in power for generations and that it is not something to be ashamed of, that she can help him in ways his wife cannot); Mentions of a man’s harem-like commune & his multiple baby mamas; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of fertility & popping out a child; Mentions of dates; Mentions of crushes & blushes; Mentions of summer romances & boyfriends; A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of flirting & flirts; A couple mentions of a man saying he’s slept with a woman before marriage and is not proud of it; A couple mentions of Brielle being suggested to keep her office door open with meeting with a man so nothing untrue is accused; A couple mentions of a lady’s man (player); A mention of something happening between men and women for centuries (intimacy); A mention of a husband’s knowing look & saving the thought the wife is having for later (at night); Love, attraction, falling in love, & the emotions;
*Note: *Trigger Warning for miscarriages* ; Mentions of misogynistic views from some men believing that women should only be wives & mothers (not rulers of a country); A mention of a man’s eye roaming Brielle’s figure.

-Brielle Bayo, age 25
1st P.O.V. of Brielle (Prologue in Tiwa’s 3rd person P.O.V.)
352 pages

Pre Teens- One Star
New Teens- One Star
Early High School Teens- One Star
Older High School Teens- One Star
My personal Rating- One Star

I went into this book only knowing that it was about a girl who founds out she’s a princess. I have never read any of the author’s other books, so I wasn’t sure what to expect on content levels.

I was enjoying this book—the beginning 75% of it—so much. The faith content was excellent, how Bri’s faith was so second-nature to her, it was obviously a large part of her, and I loved seeing that represented throughout the story. It was an easy four star for me at that point because of that and how light the romance was in the book.

But then at 74% in (reading on Kindle, roughly 260 pages in (?)) the romance kicks up quite a bit and leads to a (married couple) fade-to-black scene. I’ve said it more than once and, unfortunately, I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last time I say it: I do not need to know that a couple—real or fictional—consummated their marriage.

The kisses and emotions got heavier than I was comfortable with and I’m truly so sad about this. I was ready to go buy my own copy because I was enjoying the story so much at the beginning with the faith content and diversity, but this sexual content is disappointing and lowers all the ratings for this book.

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*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this (Advance Reader Copy) e-book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review. Having read an ARC, there are some details listed in this review that may have been changed in the final print edition.
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Author 23 books422 followers
October 1, 2021
From endorsement:

In Search of a Prince is the story that Christian fiction needed, told by the perfect voice in the industry. Set on a breathtaking African island, Toni Shiloh transports readers to a place of romance and splendor; culture and heritage. Be prepared to be swept away with royal intrigue as well as heartfelt charm.
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Author 1 book341 followers
January 3, 2022
Full review to come but suffice it to say that this book is firmly on my best reads of 2022 list, no matter how many other great books cross my path. Bethany House knocked it out of the park with the cover – and Toni Shiloh knocked it out of the park with the story.
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Author 15 books306 followers
March 11, 2022
#1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out.

Stars: 3

Synopsis: Brielle Bayo lives a comfortable life as a middle school teacher in New York...until she learns her average life is a lie. Brielle is really an African princess, granddaughter to the king of Ọlọrọ Ilé. Not only that, but the king is dying and it’s time for her to assume her role as his heir. Will she abandon her easygoing life in America for the responsibility of an entire kingdom? Or will she let her grandfather die alone, leaving the kingdom to his harsh brother?

Pretty fitting that I start this book during Black History Month and finish it during Women’s History Month, eh? We’ve got a real cliche-bender here folks, with an African-American princess taking center stage instead of some bland faux European guy. And, seriously, I’m down with that. I get tired of the extremely overdone Netflix romcom trope with the American girl and the fake British guy, so the moment I picked up In Search of a Prince by Toni Shiloh, I all but leaped for joy! This was something new, unique, much more realistic than a fictional country randomly popping up in Western Europe that is so much of a carbon copy of England that they go so far as to name the country after an English town...(and, yes, I’m looking at you, Belgravia).

How could it go wrong?

Well, believe it or not, there are a lot of ways...but instead of immediately dumping my rantish opinions on y’all, I’ve decided to start by going over the positive and technical aspects of this novel first. Then if y’all don’t wanna get your feelings hurt by my feelings, y’all are more than welcome to skip the last part of this review. Sound good?


So for starters...I actually liked Brielle. Which is insanity. Because I rarely ever like the heroine...not even when she’s the only POV character. But Brielle wasn’t bad. She was well-developed, kind and respectful, and she wasn’t sarcastic or obnoxious or annoying. She was (for the most mature) mature and handled everything in a realistic, levelheaded manner, which left little room for contrived drama or cringe-worthy stupidity.

You’ve gotta admire that, eh?

And like I said, we had the absolute perfect premise here! An African country, a long-lost princess (instead of a prince), a hint of mystery...I’m honestly surprised a story like this hasn’t been written before, because it’s such a no-brainer than the concept is just splendid. Definitely the kind of story we needed to break up the monotony of small town second chance romances with billionaires and rockstars and cowboys (no offense to cowboys, of course...or small towns).

And, y’all. Shiloh didn’t just come up with an ingenious concept...she pulled it off. Everything was portrayed so realistically, and she didn’t gloss over the technical aspects of running a kingdom. Admittedly, yeah, a few events unfolded a little too quickly, maybe, and I think the rest of the plot could’ve been taken in a whole other direction (because it starts to fall apart about halfway through), and the ending was so rushed (the entire book was resolved in one chapter), but it didn’t read like a cheesy Hallmark movie. It had character, substance, realism. And Brielle’s reactions to everything going on around her were all realistic too. I’m impressed.

The setting was so vibrant and warm and inviting, and all the secondary characters were just as interesting and vivid as Brielle! Shiloh’s prose itself was technically on point—her voice didn’t stand out, but it didn’t fade into the crowd either. Everything was evenly balanced and flowed smoothly. From a technical perspective, I can’t complain.

But my favorite part? Oh, my favorite part, you guys, was the spiritual content. In every single thing, Brielle and Iris turned to prayer. They trusted in God and lived out their faith (most of the time) and God was never ignored or painted in shades of black and grey or shoved into a box. He was real. He was there. He was moving and working and I loved that. I needed that after so many stories of stagnant “faith” and diluted religion. I needed something fresh and revitalizing, where God was alive and a part of the characters’ lives. And, no, before you get on the “preachy” tangent, the faith elements weren’t “preachy” or “cheesy.” They were real. Just as our faith in God and walk with Him is real in the nonfictional world.

More than that, Shiloh did something I wasn’t expecting in the least...she gave Brielle a vision. I won’t go into detail, but I absolutely loved the fact that Brielle had a vision of God and Him speaking to her! You go, Toni, for putting that in there! I know y’all Baptists are gonna naysay it, but God does work through visions and dreams and it’s not “fake” or “fantastical” or “unnatural.” It’s a very real and very present part of God and how He communicates with us, and I love it when Christian fiction showcases God’s amazing power!

So whether you like that or not, that alone was worth the three stars.

Now, as crazy as this sounds, I actually passed the character limit here on Goodreads with this review, so if you're interested in reading the rest of it (my rant, that is), y'all hop on over to my blog!

To sum up what I include in my rant...In Search of a Prince had a lot of good elements, from a likeable heroine to an engaging plot to a unique premise. The spiritual content, too, was pretty darn good! However, a lot of the content was handled badly and not at all Biblically, which was such a shame. Had it not been for the ungodly views presented and the secular portrayal of certain things, this just might have been a five star read. As it is, readers with less sponge-like, perceptive minds will probably find this novel enjoyable and intriguing!

Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
Profile Image for Heather Wood.
Author 5 books140 followers
February 6, 2022
Enjoyment level was high in this African Princess Diaries-esque story. Brielle is twenty-five, educated, and pretty mature, which helps the reader accept her move into the surprising role of princess and then queen of a small island nation. There were no surprises in the plot. The Christian thread is woven very well and thoroughly into the story. Brielle and the other main characters make their relationship with God a central part of their lives. Prayer comes as readily as breathing, and they turn to God for wisdom and peace in every situation. And the romance was pretty perfect.

The awkwardness of the wedding night wasn't super believable, since it was between two adults who were obviously attracted to each other and their hesitancy seemed strange to me. There was also a very strong message celebrating the feminist movement that I didn't love, not because I don't love women, but because it was hammered over our heads and made me concerned for Brielle's ability to submit to her husband biblically. I didn't understand why a movement that has such an anti-God history needed to be such a main thrust of the story. However my main concern is that Brielle's most defining moment and the biggest question she had was solved very conveniently by God appearing to her in a dream and giving her the answer. I'm not going to say God never speaks in dreams, but He often answers prayers in other ways, that I don't think it's helpful to give readers the impression that it's always that simple or that they aren't close to God if they're not hearing Him in dreams.
The culture of the made up country did feel very African (I have been there), which gave the whole story a cool flavor. I'm loving seeing books like this in mainstream Christian fiction and hope the trend continues.

I received a copy of In Search of a Prince from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, but all opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
Profile Image for Nicole.
363 reviews
February 9, 2022
In this modern-day fairy tale with a gorgeous African princess, set on the breathtaking African island of Ọlọrọ Ilé, author Toni Shiloh immediately draws readers in and keeps them fully invested in the storyline until the very last page.

Imagine living the first twenty-five years of your life as a typical American, then finding out that you are really an African princess, and your grandfather the King is dying and needs you to take over the throne. Sounds like a dream come true, but having to learn a new culture, a new language, and gaining the acceptance of Ọlọrọ Ilé’s citizens may be more difficult than Her Royal Highness Princess Brielle originally thought.

Toni Shiloh continues to bring a much-needed diversity to Christian fiction. She incorporates the characters’ faith authentically into the storyline throughout their daily lives and reminds us of God’s faithfulness and to always trust in Him.

In Search of a Prince is highly recommended for readers of contemporary romance, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Becky Wade, Denise Hunter, and Melissa Tagg.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Profile Image for Beth | Faithfully Bookish .
869 reviews178 followers
December 30, 2022
Oh my heart! I laughed, I cried, I swooned! In Search of a Prince is a rare jewel. It is perhaps the very BEST modern royal story I have ever read yet so much more than a single sub-genre or description can express. As hard to as it is to imagine myself in a surprise-royal situation, Bri's story is woven with a genuine faith that challenges my spirit to seek greater intimacy with Our Beloved Lord. May we all have the confident trust in His gracious love, provision, and sovereign will to not only seek Him but rest in Him, come what may. These characters will without a doubt live on in my reader-heart as I cherish this story and the way God used it to touch my soul. I highly recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. As a co-owner of JustRead Publicity Tours, I received compensation from the publisher and/or author to coordinate a promotional tour for this title. The opinions expressed are my own.
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664 reviews85 followers
December 6, 2022

Loved this modern day Princess story!

Brielle lives in the USA when she is blindsided with news that her biological father was African royalty, and now, as her grandfather is ready to step down, he asks Brielle to come to the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé and consider accepting the throne.

The first chunk of this book reads as a scene-for-scene “The Princess Diaries” script, but I loved it! There is so much faith woven into the story as Brielle learns more about her parentage and heritage and prayerfully considers this gigantic decision!

This cover is STUNNING, but I think the title is misleading as the romance element is not the main focus.
Profile Image for Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa).
2,195 reviews172 followers
February 22, 2022
When I started reading In Search of a Prince I thought it was going to be like the Princess Diaries. A young woman learns that her royal heritage finds out that it has been hidden from her. She travels to the country and receives opposition when she is presented as the heir to the council. That part is similar, but that is where the book diverges.

I had fun reading this story. Brielle is a down-to-earth main character. She sees people as individuals and is not interested in their social status. She learns to love the small island kingdom set off the coast of Africa. In reading the pages, I came to love the culture and the people. If it wasn't a fictional island, I would love to visit. :)

Brielle has an instant attraction to a palace runner. She receives a list of council-approved prospects for her husband. Tomori is not on the list because of his station in life. The book is about her struggle to find a groom while comparing all of them to him. She uses God as her compass and her faith to pick the husband who would be the best choice for the kingdom.

There is an element of suspense. Toni Shiloh did a fantastic job at setting up several characters as the "bad guy". I hate to admit that I was blindsided when all was revealed at the end.

This is a perfect book for anyone who imagined they were really a princess as a child. (That would be me.) The characters in the book are Christian who have a lot of faith and offer prayers in the dialogue.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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Author 20 books2,664 followers
February 1, 2022
In this heartfelt retelling of The Princess Diaries, New York public school teacher Brielle is wholly content with her life…until she finds out she may be an African princess. I love a romance populated with characters you can truly root for. And this one has that and more. Coupled with Toni Shiloh’s winning voice, it’s a story not to be missed.
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229 reviews79 followers
August 27, 2022
Updated Review

This is still a phenomenal read for me. I re-read this while listening to the audiobook. The audiobook was just as fantastic.

I love the lush world. I love the friendships & family dynamics. The romance was absolute perfection.

There are a few kissing scenes, talk of sex and an almost fade to black scene after marriage, but this was a well written contemporary romance.

The faith aspects are so amazing. It hits on: prayer life, power of prayer, faith, trusting God, betrayal, grief and abandonment.

This is a well rounded novel that I believe EVERYONE should read. Solid 10 stars and beyond from me.

I re-read it to prepare for the release of its follow-up companion sequel To Win a Prince.

Highly recommend!!


Original Review
Received both an e-ARC and finished copy from the publisher for review.

No words can express the gratitude I have for this book! Such a profound main stream clean Christian contemporary romance with such strong black characters. I was in awe of the story and the beauty of the black power shared.

Brielle was a firecracker! She was perfect as heir. She learned, she observed. She never overstepped a line. She was full of love for her people.

The King seemed like a douche at first, but I enjoyed him as he bonded with his grand-daughter.

Mori was the perfect guy. I loved him from the very first time he appeared on page. His heart and mind were amazing. He reminded me of King David as a boy.

Iris was such an awesome best friend. Hard worker, loved Brielle, such a smart woman and she was a prayer warrior for her friend.

Oloro Ile was such a lush, rich place. I felt like I was there. Everything about this kingdom made me so happy.

The faith aspects gutted me! The prayers are all highlighted in this book. I adored the strong faith of the characters within this story. The romance was sweet, steamy without crossing the line and well written. The friendship that brewed was perfectly done!

Overall, this was perfection and I'm so glad I read this for Black History Month. Toni Shiloh is a new favorite author of mine. This is a solid favorite of mine. I highly recommend this story. Such a beautiful romance.

I am still speechless!
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Author 10 books1,008 followers
October 4, 2021

Beautifully weaving together fairy tale and authenticity, In Search of a Prince gives us the modern princess we’ve been waiting for. I enjoyed every moment—blissfully lost in the world author Toni Shiloh had created, while simultaneously gaining perspective on my own royal path as a daughter of the King.
Profile Image for Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective).
1,137 reviews59 followers
February 9, 2022
Move over Princess Diaries, there is a new "I didn't know I was a Princess" story in town! My word this story was so great. The plot, the characters, the setting, the EVERYTHING. Shiloh has truly outdone herself with this story. It has family drama, romance, beautiful settings, faith, a dying grandpa, a princess, and so much more. I'm going to be bold. If there is only one book you read in 2022 (and please let there be more!), make it this one. It is so worth your time. A dozen times over!

First let me talk about how well Shiloh moves the story along. It didn't drag for me at all, and what's even better is the way Shiloh ties up every loose end, and gives readers a complete story! I mean, I can't spoil anything by giving the ending away, but I was pleasantly surprised when the story didn't end at a certain point. We got to see the "after" of the story so to speak, and honestly I felt this story needed it, and I was happy to read it.

Brielle's character was so well written. Her thoughts and prayers throughout the book were just so effortlessly woven into the story. They didn't feel out of place, or forced. She had legit reasons for being upset with her mother and while some authors may have overlooked family drama in their stories, Shiloh didn't. She left it realistic, which added even more depth to the story. And seeing the growing relationship between her and her grandfather just tugged at my heart.

Let's not forget about the romance. I can't say too much on this, because spoilers, but let me say this.....Shiloh writes a good romance. She took her time with these two characters, even after a "major event" happens. Again, realistic comes to mind. I mean sure, not everyone is going to be forced to find a husband in a short amount of time. And sometimes authors take liberties when that is the case and make them just fall right in love and immediately so into the swoony phase. No so here. Yeah there was chemistry for sure, but it was slow. It was respectful. And it included their faith which is oh so important to this reader.

Here's the bottom line - you need to read this book. Read it to learn (the language in this book was exquisite and fun to read!), read it for the romance, read it for the family interactions, read it for the beautiful friendship between Bri and Iris (I need her story next!). Just read it. You'll thank me later.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Paula Shreckhise.
1,106 reviews84 followers
September 3, 2022
Every little girl dreams of being a princess. But Brielle Bayo cannot believe it is really happening.to her! With much to learn and many decisions to make, including picking a prince to marry, Bri puts her trust in God to lead her. “As long as you keep Him in the forefront, He will reveal His Will. Then you will be able to face anything that comes your way.”
Ms. Shiloh has brought the fictional Oloro Ile to life in this stunning novel. She has conjured a beautiful island off the coast of Africa as a totally believable place. I could almost see the sights and smell the market of spices and the flowers in the garden. The characters are fleshed out with a swoony hero, a supportive best friend and a heroine who is both beautiful and capable of meeting the demands set before her.
The author addresses the issues of faith, family, class and women in power or in business in a natural and satisfying way, as obstacles are put in Bri’s way.
I am looking forward to going back to this enchanting small kingdom to see what happens to best friend Iris.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and BPH Open Book. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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275 reviews46 followers
August 8, 2022
One of the best books I have read this year! The romance genre is not one I normally gravitate towards. But this book came so highly recommended. I'm so glad I took a chance on it. I reckon this beautiful story will stay with me for many days to come. I will try and summarize my feelings.

Beautufiul prose.
Iconic Cover. So refreshing to see African American Christian protograntist on the cover of a book. ⭐️🥰👏🏾👏🏾😍😍
Authentic faith filled content
Romantic and clean relationships between the MC and love interest
The setting of the West African Coast and culture unparalleled
The characters and plot relatable and believable

This book! Read it!!
Profile Image for J'nell Ciesielski.
Author 10 books730 followers
December 29, 2021
In Search of a Prince risks readers away to a lush land filled with splendor and royalty to dazzle the senses, but it is kindness and bravery that offers testament to the making of a true leader. Penned with heartfelt emotion and tender prose, readers will be swept away by this fairy tale come true.
Profile Image for Monica H (TeaandBooks).
659 reviews47 followers
February 11, 2022
Can you imagine living an ordinary life as a teacher and then one day out of the blue finding out that you are the Princes of a small island?

In Search of a Prince by Toni Shiloh tells the story of Brielle Adebayo who is a middle school teacher in New York City through the year and spends her summer vacations with her Mom at Martha's Vineyard. One day her mom meets her at a restaurant and lets her know that she is the princess of an island off the coast of Africa and that her grandfather, the kind, is ailing so she must assume her duties as soon as possible. What a bombshell that would be?!

Naturally Brielle is upset with her mom. She travels to the island and is happy to get to know her grandfather. She also gets to know the people of the island and then finds out she must marry to take the throne. Will she find a prince in time? Will it be someone she really wants to marry?

I enjoyed In Search of a Prince. It is a slower paced novel and there is a bit of a slow burn between Brielle and the man she chooses as prince. I liked most of the main characters throughout the book. I liked Tomori--although not his family so much. I especially liked the running thread of how Brielle kept looking to God to give her guidance and answers. She wasn't perfect but she kept seeking God--as did several other characters, including Tomori and her grandfather. While there wasn't a lot of big action in this book, there was a bit of a mystery, besides who Brielle would choose as the prince, which kept the reader guessing through the book. I felt inspired to keep looking to God for answers in my own life as the characters did in this book. I wish that I had had books like In Search of a Prince to read as a young woman that would help me see better how to put God first in both life and relationships as in this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through JustRead Tours. All opinions within this review are my own.
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February 3, 2022
In Search of a Prince was such a wonderful story! I loved that Brielle and her friend had a well grounded faith. The decision to accept the throne was a weighty one that caused Brielle some sleepless nights, however, I really enjoyed the manner in which the right steps became clear to her. And what a dilemma Brielle faced as she found herself required to quickly choose a husband and marry or lose the right to inherit the throne.

Brielle worked hard to learn the language, traditions, and all about the country she would be ruling. All of these details made the story feel very authentic. But, my favorite thing about this novel was seeing the relationships develop between Brielle and some of her family members, such as her grandfather, as well as the romantic interest that developed for Brielle. I adored the connection that developed between Brielle and her husband. Their dedication to each other and the growth of their relationship was handled beautifully and I honestly didn’t want the story to end. I would love to see another book set in this land, following a side character, but allowing me to peek back into the King and Queen’s lives and see how things are going for them.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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February 28, 2022
This is a Christian fiction take on the movie ‘The Princess Diaries’. I LOVED the diversity and how immersive this author got into the fiction island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé. I was completely transported into this world and enjoyed this book from start to finish.

I appreciated Brielle’s character and her serious approach to this role that was unexpectedly thrust upon her. It added to the believability element—in an otherwise unbelievable storyline.

Everyone needs a best friend like Iris-someone who is there for you, but not afraid to give you a reality check now and then too! The romance was sweet and perfectly paced to the story! I loved the conflict and had a hard time putting this down as I neared the end! This is my first book by this author and will be on the lookout for others!

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the copy. All thoughts in this review are my own.
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December 27, 2022
In Search of a Prince was an easy-to-read, likeable, and cute modern-day fairytale featuring a gorgeous setting, diversity, and a sweet, albeit light, romance.

I really liked Brielle as a heroine. She was passionate, sensitive, hardworking, and sincere about following the will of God for her life and serving the people of the kingdom. It was easy to root for her on her journey.

Additionally, I enjoyed how faith was displayed in the lives of the characters, especially Brielle. Their constant prayers and sincerity in seeking God’s will for their lives was encouraging and I enjoyed that their faith wasn’t just mentioned in passing, but portrayed in their actions, words, and thoughts.

I also liked the vibrant culture and picturesque setting of the African kingdom featured in the story. The traditions, the food, the fashion, and the colorful scenery were all vivid and appealing. It created an immersive reading experience that was wholly enjoyable.

Admittedly, I didn’t connect to the romance as much as I would have liked. Although the romance was sweet in its entirety, it personally lacked depth for me - given the rushed time frame, the emphasis on physical attraction, and the seemingly predominant surface-level conversations. I just wished for more vulnerability and engagement between the couple throughout the story instead of more towards the end. However, further into the story, I do think their shared faith added a measure of intimacy to the romance that I enjoyed.

I also didn't agree with the feminist culture in this book, especially since the worldly viewpoint contradicts the biblical stance and that was reflected in a couple matters throughout the story.

All in all, I thought In Search of a Prince was an enjoyable read.

*There is a fade-to-black scene. This is not my personal preference, but this book doesn't go into detail.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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215 reviews206 followers
January 7, 2023
Beautiful cover and princess diaries vibes? I said, sign me up! However I found the beginning very slow and even a little boring at times, but eventually things started to get good. I thought the title should have been something different though because it took forever for the MC to even start looking for a husband and even then the search was brief, so that was disappointing. And then don't get me started on that ending! What the heck was that?! On the other hand, the faith content was great. I loved how much the character's prayed during every situation and tried to do God's will.

Overall a moderately entertaining read, but not enough I care to read the second book.
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June 2, 2022
I really really really loved this book. Brielle just finds out she is the heir to a royal throne, and she must find a Prince to become queen. I loved the relationship between our two main characters, and how the Lord was at the center of their love. Our main character Brielle was truly an inspiring character to read, as she let God guide her to what she should do and listen for His guidance and voice before making her choices. I loved this book and will definitely be talking about it everywhere!
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July 31, 2022
I liked In Search of a Prince however, I didn't connect with this as I was hoping. I liked Brielle and her relationship with her Grandfather who admittedly, she doesn't get a lot of time with but it was still sweet the time they did share. I read the author's note on Oloro Ile, Africa and I felt that she did enough worldbuilding that this place did feel real in my mind. Iris was a loyal friend to Brielle in a time that was stressful and it was nice to see someone that she could depend on. I will keep reading Toni Shiloh, I am enjoying what I reading.
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May 11, 2022

4 Stars!

A very sweet and enjoyable romance in a unique setting mixed with some palace intrigue. It was a lot of fun and the romance was maddeningly swoony. It also had a solid faith thread that naturally wove throughout the storyline.

Listening to the audiobook is a great way to experience this story. I both read and listened at different times and I found that the character accents of those native to the fictional West African village of Oloro Ilé brought the story to life.
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February 15, 2022
I honestly don’t even know where to start with this book.
In Search Of A Prince

I am not usually a gushy person, like very rarely do I get gushy over a book. But there is just something about the way Toni Shiloh wrote this book that was both emotionally tugging and faithfully uplifting that I find myself wanting to continually talk about it.

The characters were very well developed. I really liked how we got to see them grow. Brielle, I thought was very dimensional. We got to see her learning the ins and outs of running a country, learning to trust, and continually seeking God when life is upside down.

Tomori (Mori) was really the perfect counterpart to Brielle. I loved how he seemed to balance her and yet he had his own strengths and struggles to.

Lastly, I really enjoyed getting to immerse myself into the world of Ọlọrọ Ilé that Toni Shiloh created. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. (You should check out her Pinterest inspiration board!)

The cover is what originally drew me to really want to read this book (I mean other than the fact that I had already read several of Toni Shiloh’s books and appreciated their originality). But that cover… man One of the best covers I have ever seen before. The designer(s) did a fantastic job!
Overall, this book will go down as one of them favorite books and I look forward to sharing it with my family.

5 Stars.

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
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Author 3 books22 followers
February 14, 2022
I am always game for some royalty fiction.   The cover of this novel is truly enchanting, and gives off all the right princess vibes.In Search of A Prince is written in first person, which I particularly enjoyed because that's one of my favorite styles.That being said, I did have some mixed feelings about this one. I wanted to love it, and I did enjoy several aspects of the novel. But there were also some things that I didn't care for.While I didn't deeply connect with the main character, Brielle, I did still like her, and it was fun following along with her discovery that she was actually a princess. The faith aspect was present, and I appreciated the Bible verses that were interspersed throughout. Towards the beginning, Brielle struggled with feelings of bitterness and unforgiveness, and I thought that was a realistic touch that gave us a real glimpse into her journey. I also liked that, while it was a real struggle for her, she did come to forgive and let go.What I did not care for in this novel was the strong undercurrent of feminism, and the overall "woman power" vibe that I feel is more disrespectful than "empowering". Being a woman myself, I obviously am not in favor of women being treated poorly or without respect. I think respecting everyone is a very important and godly thing to do. But I do not like when novels take that principle and turn it into a femenistic movement/statement.One instance that I felt particularly uncomfortable with involved the scene where the main character was essentially interviewing one of the potential marriage candidates, and he was clearly an unlikeable character - I didn't like him, nor are we to like him as the reader. However, one of the things that he did that was construed as bigoted and bad was saying that it is the role of a husband to be the spiritual leader, and lead his family in prayer. And yes, I do understand that the spirit in which this character said this was narcissistic which I don't condone, the fact remains that that is a Biblical outlook, and it just didn't sit right with me that this was portrayed by the distasteful character. That was not the only instance where woman power was lauded more than a healthy respect of both genders, but I'm not interested in picking things apart. I mostly am pointing this out for myself to look back on, and for anyone else who shares my view.Besides these tones, I enjoyed the experience this book gave.The setting was vibrant and alive with wonderful culture. I don't like the heat, but even I could easily picture how nice it might be to visit a place like that ;)
All in all, I appreciate the opportunity to read this book, and while it wasn't entirely the story for me, I still enjoyed aspects of it.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
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Author 4 books76 followers
February 3, 2022
Oh my stars! What a gorgeously amazing story! I’ve been a super fan of Toni Shiloh’s books for years, and I have been eagerly anticipating this book since I first heard she was writing a princess story, and wow it was even better than I expected!
Brielle was an amazing heroine, I loved her and felt like we became friends! And, no spoilers, but let me just say that I fell totally head over heels in love with the hero! He’s the best!
This book has a great cast of supporting characters. I loved them all, but I especially loved the King, Brielle’s grandfather, such a wise and wonderful character, it seemed like every time he was on the page he said something that made me smile and that was inspiring and encouraging to me.
I read this book over a couple of bitterly cold winter days here in Vermont, so it was lovely to get to armchair travel to the tropical African climate of beautiful Oloro Ile through this book!
I love that this book is written in first person, my personal favorite POV!
The faith story touched my heart and is one of my favorite parts of the book!
In Search of a Prince is a magnificent, engaging royalty romance that will sweep you away and leave a lasting impression on your heart!
I loved everything about In Search of a Prince and most highly recommend it! I cannot wait to read Iris’s story, I loved her in this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. My review was not influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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