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The Barefoot Princess

(Lost Princesses #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,837 ratings  ·  104 reviews

Once upon a a kingdom high in the Pyrenees, three young princesses were forced to flee the chaos in their land -- vanishing without a trace and lost to their people...until the day a courageous prince can bring each princess home.

Life in exile has taught the passionate Princess Amy to hate injustice, and on the enchanting English isle of Summerwind, s

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 31st 2006)
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Chitra *CJ*
"The Barefoot Princess" is the story of Amy and Jeremy.

In this second tale of Lost Princesses, Princess Amy, youngest of the brood, takes it upon herself to avenge the people of the English isle of Summerwind by kidnapping the marquess of Northcliff, Jermyn Edmondson. The man is carefree, selfish and ignorant to the perils of his people- the poor highlanders, hence passionate and righteous Amy decides to teach him a lesson by keeping him in captivity while asking for ransom to help the people of
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Forget setting women back a decade. The Barefoot Princess sets women back into the stone age.
I hated it.
I would have/could have/should have quit reading a few chapter in but I started it late at night and quickly fell into a sleep deprived cycle of wishing to put it down, realizing if I put it down I would not pick it back up again, stubbornly determining to finish despite my annoyance, and feeling a sleep deprived desire to set it down and go to bed. But then I would not pick it up in the mor
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don’t like when authors start out having the main character be a child. It ruins them in my eyes. For example:
She hated grandmamma. Hated her, hated her, hated her.
Calling her grandma a dragon and repeating hate 3 times was just stupid. I get it; kids are prone to melodramatics and tantrums. But it’s just stupid, stupid, stupid.

Jeremy Edmonson was immediately interesting.

I liked Amy. She was a strong character with a sense of humor. She was mad at him and stuck to it, and she got som
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May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll tell you a story.
I belonged to the young adult and children's section of the library for years. I'd take about 10 books each week, and was always the person on their records that read the most. After couple of years I kind of run out of the material to read. I was about 14 when I requested the access to the adult section and was granted it within a week. I found this book lying in a corner. It didn't have an interesting cover and I got so many books that week that I did not intend to read t
Jillian Eaton
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After liking (but not loving) the first novel in this trilogy, I was a little hesitant in reading the second. Two chapters in and I couldn't wait to finish it. I loved Amy as the heroine. She was spunky, fresh, high spirited, and hilarious. The love story was quick paced and believable with lots of chemistry. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters, which made The Barefoot Princess really come together for me. An easy 4/5 stars.
3.5 Stars! Not a lot of thought went into selecting this one as my next read, it was more or less random. I'd found it at Goodwill months ago and bought it because Dodd's always been a favorite romance author of mine. Reading this one actually kinda made me want to go back and re-read some of my old favorites by her (most notably is A Well Favored Gentleman, man I used to love that one). This one was good too. I'll admit the premise was a little silly to me at first, what with the whole 'exiled ...more
Rose May
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Book 2 in the Lost Princesses Series

This book started out great… and got progressively worse, which was terribly disappointing. In the beginning, when our princess-in-hiding, Amy Rosabel, kidnaps our hero, Lord Northcliff (Jermyn Edmondson), with the intention of making him take notice of the poor way his tenants are living, the scenes are sarcastic, humorous, and witty.
2.5 stars. A fun romp if you deliberately blind yourself to the many problems, especially the misogynistic jerk who plays the hero. You can make a woman-hating, selfish cad your protagonist, but you can't make him a sympathetic and appealing lover by having your strong-willed heroine fall for him despite his proclivity for taking what he wants without thought for others, including through sexual assault and marriage by abduction. And you can't redeem him by proving that the women he doubts are b ...more
Su Halfwerk
The book had an interesting plot that started strong, with a definite humorous angle to it. A strong minded heroine, a stubborn and a bit of a jerk hero, a possible disappearance to be explained.
I couldn't understand from where the shift in the hero's nature came. he was a jerk at one moment, and suddenly he was fixing all his errors because Amy showed him that his approach to running his business was wrong. How? Through the few judgmental statements she threw at him? I couldn't buy it.
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. I've always found the kidnapping then falling in love story rather trite and bizarre. Yet with the hero being kidnapped by the heroine, I found myself enjoying every moment. Maybe I'm just enjoying the man fulfilling a role that women traditionally take in this genre for once.

Amy got on my nerves a bit. She seemed petulant and childish for someone of her age, especially given the historical period the story took place. Jermyn was a jerk and equally childish at the very beginn
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy doesn't want to be a princess. She wants to explore the world, be unrefined, and have adventures. Fortunately for her, she's a princess in exile with assassins after her. She finds a temporary haven on the isle of Summerwind. The residents have been neglected by their lord, so they decide to kidnap him to teach him a lesson. Obviously, he and Amy end up falling in love.
Amy is delightful: witty, defiant, spirited, and clever. Lord Northcliffe is rather highhanded, demanding, and alpha, but I
Meh. What an outset, and what a letdown. Thanks to modern publishing customs, even Dodd did indeed become bad, or lazy. I had feared as much - I'd not usually buy anything about "princesses" but Dodd had been different and good before. Now she does not even write (out) the letters that infuriate the villainous uncle, so narrow has her writing become. She tries to stick to the woman-loves-loving-when-not-overpowered but - but. Hero starts crochetting lace at one point, but that is also only told. ...more
Jun 12, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't really enjoy this book past the first few chapters. Dodd's ability with words can only disguise her one-dimensional characters and contrived plot for so long...
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Very lovely series. But this one is my absolute favorite.


As with most romance novels I read it in one go, and well enough enjoyed it in the moment. It does go along at pace. The lost princesses plot is interesting. The unorthodox way the leads meet, parry, and go from there has promise. But there are elements, upon further reflection, that make me make a face and cause inconsistencies in my takeaway--including a lot of inconsistencies in the writing and plot itself.

I'm not quite sure why the leads fell in love. They did, I'm willing to believe i
Amber Daulton
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the second book in the Lost Princesses trilogy, Princess Amy of Beaumontagne is in trouble, but she’s too stubborn to realize it. After she left her sister Clarise two years earlier, she’s lived a life of danger and finally finds a home on the small English island of Summerwind. Now friends with the villagers, Amy is appalled to learn that a dastardly marquess owns the island. The people are starving and in danger of losing their decrepit homes because they cannot pay the rent. So she decides ...more
Jenn Hill
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-like
I read this book previously when I was younger and really liked it. This time around, it did nothing for me. Jermyn was aggressive and thought nothing of Amy other than that he must take her. The first sexual scene involves her choking him and afraid she's about to be raped. She literally states that she thinks he is going to rape her. Then suddenly she gives in and grabs him and kisses him and lets him touch her. Ridiculous.

Also, they made Amy a strong woman until she has sex repeatedly and th
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2017
3.5 stars.

This is the youngest of the three lost princesses, Amy, whom we met in Some Enchanted Evening where she decided to leave her older sister in Scotland and make her own way.

We meet Amy a couple of years later living with a little old lady in a rundown cottage and the whole village in desperate straits. Amy concocted a scheme to kidnap the landowner, Jermyn, the Marquess of Northcliff, for ransom to help the villagers. But things don't go according to plan as Jermyn's uncle refuses to pa
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-rom
Princess Amy was a little hard for me to warm up to, but the character study of a young woman growing up from the age of 12 in survival mode in its harshest sense, and so little understanding of love, is beautifully, poignantly written, as is Jermyn, who grew up with a profound sense of abandonment. The transition from gaoler and prisoner to lovers was to abrupt to be creditable, as was how long it took for them to see what motivated Jermyn’s uncle’s actions. Despite that the novel had moments t ...more
JiMina Heart
Seriously? Why didn't I finish it before? And did I really found it boring when I first tried to read it and stopped reading at only around 10+ pages? And yes took me almost a year before picking it up again, silly old me because in the end I like it very very very much! Both hero and heroine in this book are stubborn but just enough for me to love them...
Theresa Hurley
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story! Enjoyed Amy's story and her interction with Jermyn!
2. 5 stars

Meh. It was fine. Not my favourite Dodd. I like that Amy realized she had been a bit of a brat
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yikes. The main characters physically fight and try to kill each other several times whilst also claiming to be in love.
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Valentina Markasović
2016 reading challenge - a book recommended by a family member

Out of the three Lost Princesses books by Christina Dodd, this one sounded the most interesting, due to Amy taking matters into her own hands. I like her plot to kidnap the lord, but after it was over, my interest deflated. The background mystery and its solution did little to argument the male protagonist's misogyny. Some of his comments were really annoying. Despite this being the early 19th century, bad treatment of women will alwa
Amy, the youngest of the Lost Princesses of Beaumontagne has set out on her own to live her own life and find her own destiny. She ends up destitute and is taken in by a sweet old woman on the small island of Summerwind. Miss Victorine doesn't have much but shares all she has with Amy. The village of Summerwind has fallen on hard times since their lord, the Marquess of Northcliff, has ignored their plight and stolen their one chance to provide for themselves. The villagers, spearheaded by Amy an ...more
Trudy Miner
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of three princesses banished from their small country of Beaumontange, Amy has at last landed on the island of Summerwind. But all is not well in Summerwind; the crops are not doing well, the marquess is skimming all the profits and not keeping up with repairs. So Amy, who is a bold and brash young woman, hatches a plan to kidnap the marquess and hold him for ransom. Handsome as sin and arrogant to boot, Jermyn doesn't take well to being chained in a basement by Amy and Miss Victorine but th ...more
Sandra Swartz
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one much better than the first one. On to the last one now. Hoping the princesses find their way home.
This will be one of my shorter und undetailed reviews:
While the first book of the series was charming, though rather uninventive, this one started out with a good premise and novel idea (the woman kidnapping the man), but then it kind of turned, I wouldn't say bad, but something in that direction. I got annoyed at the supposed romance between the protagonists midway through, and it really felt like some kind of "taming of the shrewd" situation, that only got a bit better towards the end. I still
Feb 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a quick flowing, amusing historical romance. Princess Amy has been in hiding since her father sent her 2 sisters and her out of the country before he was killed in a revolt. Amy has taken on the cause of the English villagers who have protected her. She decides to kidnap The Early of Northcliff and hold him for ransom so they can use the ransom money to pay for the repairs he has neglected to provide. It sounds like a fool proof plan except his uncle refuses to pay the ransom since he wa ...more
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“The more I know you, the more I wonder who you are.” He counted off her qualities on his fingers. “You have the accent of a lady. You dress like a peasant. You shoot like a marksman. You view the world cynically, yet you venerate Miss Victorine. Your face and body would be the envy of a young goddess, yet you sport an air of innocence. And that innocence hides a criminal mind and the cheek to pull off the most outrageous of felonies.”
“So I’m Athena, the goddess of war.”
“Definitely not Diana, the goddess of virginity.”
As the last shot hit home, he saw Amy’s mask slip. Blood rushed to her face. She bit her lip and looked toward the stairs as if only now realizing she could have—should have—left this whole discussion behind.
He laughed softly, triumphantly. “Or perhaps I’m mistaken. Perhaps you have more in common with Diana than I thought.”
“Pray remember, sir, that Diana was also the goddess of the hunt.” Amy leaned across the table, intent on making her point—but the blush still played across her cheeks. “She carried a bow and arrow, and she always bagged her quarry. Have a look at the bullet hole in the rock behind you and remember my skill and my cynicism. For we do know things about each other. I know that if you escape, you’ll make sure I’m hung from a gibbet. You know that if I catch you escaping, I’ll shoot you through the heart. Remember that as you cast longing glances toward the window.” With a flourish, she picked up the breakfast tray and walked up the stairs.
Jermyn had learned something else about Amy. She liked to have the last word.”
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