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Preview — The Barefoot Princess by Christina Dodd
The Barefoot Princess
Once upon a time...in 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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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.
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 ...more
Amy is delightful: witty, defiant, spirited, and clever. Lord Northcliffe is rather highhanded, demanding, and alpha, but I ...more
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 ...more
Also, they made Amy a strong woman until she has sex repeatedly and th ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Readers become writers, and Christina has always been a reader. Ultimately she discovered she liked to read romance best because the relationship between a man and a woman is always humoro ...more
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“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.”