Synopsis of the book:
Regina Beswick didn’t know she was born to be a princess. She’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware that a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairy tales.
Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future — and his own.
Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever.
Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide whether she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together — with a little divine intervention — Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.
Have you ever finished a book with a heartfelt sigh because the romance was so good? That was exactly how I closed the last page of this book. I loved the characters and the story, but the romance? Ahh, just what I like in a fairy tale.
I loved Regina right away. She was down to earth, loyal, and her entire personality was perfect to become the princess of a nation. I really liked how she was deliberate about how she processed the news and her steps to determine if she wanted to become the princess. Yet, she was vulnerable and compassionate in all the right places.
The perfect match for a princess? It was absolutely Tanner. I so admired his commitment to serving his king and the soon-to-be princess. He was vulnerable as well, but in different and complimentary ways to Regina. No wonder they fall in love. (I hope that wasn’t a spoiler, this is a romance after all.)
Another layer of the story which I enjoyed was the political games being played and the little bit of mystery that needed to be solved. This was a really good story and, yes, I did sigh when I closed the book. 🙂
What I enjoyed most about this book:
Regina. A wonderful mix of strong leadership and compassion.
What I didn’t like about this book:
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Absolutely. Swoony romance. Great characters. A nicely told fairy tale. This is the second book in this series. It can be read as a standalone even though characters from the first book show up in it.
Note: I received this book in a giveaway. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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