Saturday, February 19, 2022

In Search of a Prince Review

About the 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. (Goodreads)




My Thoughts


I was pretty excited about this book because what an awesome cover and Toni Shiloh is a new to me author. I have seen her books but I just hadn't picked one up yet. This story has a great setting and I really enjoyed Brielle's character. The start of the book had me totally invested and I was excited to read how the story would play out. To be honest I knew this story would be predictable but I didn't think it would be exactly like the Princess Diaries movies. It is pretty well exactly like both of the movies only with a somewhat different setting and slight family twist. I really struggled in loving this book because it was so similar. Even the quirky friend of Brielle's was predictable. I was constantly trying not to compare it to the story I already knew so well. I didn't love the romance side of things, it just didn't click for me and I wish I could have gotten to know Tomori a bit better. 

All that to say, this is still a fun book and those that love princess stories will enjoy. I think it would be interesting to have one of the books be more of a history of Brielle's ancestors too! I did enjoy that side of things with the family drama. I am eager to read Toni Shiloh's next book!

Three Stars. 

"I received this book from Bethany House for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

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