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.