A Thoroughly Modern Princess (Avon Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2003
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About the Author
Wendy Markham is a pseudonym for New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub, the award-winning author of more than eighty novels, including Hello, It s Me, the basis for a recent Hallmark movie starring Kellie Martin. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.
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While this book was well written, but the story moved along slowly and the dialogue was pointless at times. I also never cared about either main character. Emmaline was spoiled and selfish and Granger, while I sympathized with his upbringing, was very flat.
I also never understood why Emmaline and Granger liked each other and the scenes of them living in the one bedroom apartment were just painful. The most annoying was when they made soup and Emmaline proceeded to destroy the kitchen and instead of cleaning up as Granger asked, locked herself in the bathroom and wept. PLEASE!
I was also annoyed by Emmaline's not knowing what a toilet brush was. Come on, I understand that she has never cleaned a toilet but someone in the palace has and at some point in her life she probably witnessed someone doing it. I mean, I have never worn a Tiffany bracelet, but I know what one looks like.
I liked how the subplots were all wrapped up, nothing was left dangling or unfinished, but I never felt that the main characters really grew in any significant way. After breaking away from his grandfather's company, Granger ends up right back where he started and Emmaline did too.
I wouldn't recommend this book as there was very little I enjoyed about it. It was like watching a bad movie that I couldn't fast forward through.
Shortly before her arranged wedding to another royal, a princess shares a torrid night with a wealthy American. When she realizes she is pregnant, she leaves her betrothed at the altar and escapes to New York, where her lover has just quit his lucrative job and must try to support them both with no money or job prospects.
More than just a romance novel, this book's smart yet innocent heroine is engaging and some scenes are downright hilarious. A great read for when you want something more than a typical romance, but still desire a light read.
This is a charming fairy tale with a contemporary flair. Author Staub, better know for her suspense novels, is great at writing zippy dialogue and keeping her characters grounded. I loved the way that Emmie scoffed at having to do everyday activities we all dread but that blue bloods take for granted - like cleaning a toilet.
Several months later as the royal wedding is getting closer Emmaline starts getting sick in the morning and faints during a dress measurement. When she figures out that she is pregnant she calls Granger and asked him to help her escape Verunia.
They escape and spend the next couple of months learning to live like normal people (Granger quite his job working for his grandfather and had to move out of the spacious apartment he had been living in)
As the two navigate the real world they learn a lot about themselves that they did not before, and with the help of one of Granger's friends they find themselves in love.
A very good book