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    The princess plan

    Eliza is a sweet women who has been hurt in her life. But has a wonderful outlook about her future. Sebastian is a prince that’s trying to help his country. Eliza and Sebastian meet during a dance. Sebastian is intrigued with Eliza by the way she treats him. She helps him solve the mysteries but Sebastian isn’t ready to say goodbye! Loved this story.
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    I want to be Eliza!

    I want to be Eliza when I grow up! She is fresh, vibrant, carefree and so full of life. It took very little time for me to absolutely adore her. I was afraid she wouldn’t be able to maintain it throughout the story but not only did she do so, her character developed to the place that I felt a complete connection to her. She is real. She is engaging. She is the girl we often see ourselves as. But Eliza wouldn’t have been quite so amazing had she not had Sebastian’s very formal persona as her backdrop. Without a lot of fun in his life, having been raised to be king, he is constantly watched, constantly wooed for one reason or another, both politically and otherwise. With two objectives at hand, he is pressed to move to achieve them until the little spitfire that is Eliza stumbles her way into his life. I loved the way Eliza treated Sebastian. While she was thrilled to meet a prince, once it’s said and done, she’s moving on. I would have loved for Sebastian to have reacted more to meeting her the first time, rather than take the steps he did which diminished him in my eyes. However, once we get past all that unsavoriness, his reactions and thoughts regarding her had me smiling, laughing, and then cheering him on. ’And yet she was different from the many attractive women he’d met in his life. At first, he’d not understood why, but then, upon reflection, it had become clear to him – she didn’t look at him with starry hope swimming in her eyes. She knew who he was, and yet, she didn’t look at him with any particular reverence. None. It was oddly disconcerting.’ This has a good bit of relationship angst. After all, we have a prince who must marry someone of consequence and a heroine who does not meet the criteria. Usually, with this trope, I can pretty quickly figure out a way the couple will make it work and often it’s contrived. Not so here. What an interesting way to make it all work out…and I never saw it coming. The main plot moving along with this budding romance is a murder mystery. It was enough to keep me engaged but I have to confess I was disappointed that the resolution of it all took place off page. I wanted some action and excitement to wrap it all up. And holy heck! Once this couple are really a couple, at least emotionally, this is nothing short of beautiful. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a hero that was able to verbally express himself in such a way. Pure perfection in every word. ’”All my life, I’ve believed that joy like this was not possible for me. If nothing else, Eliza, if nothing else, you have showed me what love is. Do you understand what a gift that is? I would never have known love had it not been for you.” Eliza smiled. She framed his face with her hand and leaned down to kiss him tenderly. “Neither of us will ever be the same, then, will we?” Oh Eliza. He could not possibly express how profoundly he had been changed.’ So, while this had a few things I wasn’t one hundred percent happy with, it left me with a happy beat in my heart, and a smile on my face. But the biggest clue that I loved it…I wanted more.
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    Unexpected Love

    Eliza and Sebastian’s story is an unusual, emotional and moving tale in The Princess Plan by Julia London, book one in A Royal Wedding. Prince Sebastian of Alucia is visiting London and being single has all of high society interested in finding him the perfect match. When his closest friend and personal secretary is found murdered it’s the only thing everyone can talk about, including spinster Eliza Tricklebank. Eliza assists her widowed sister publishing a gossip gazette. When an anonymous tip about the crime is sent to Eliza and published in her gazette, Sebastian decides to play detective with Eliza’s help. In the meantime, Sebastian has a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to find a secure noble bride, yet he would rather spend time with a commoner, Eliza finding the killer. Eliza is not one to bend to the demands of others. I loved that about her as did Sebastian. He was so used to everyone bowing to him and not questioning him that spending time with Eliza and her obstinate manner was not just frustrating but also attractive. As things between Sebastian and Eliza heat up, behind closed doors, he must decide what to do; meet the demands of his country or his heart. Ms. London wrote a wonderful, emotional story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sexual chemistry, amusing banter, and endearing characters giving Eliza and Sebastian’s a chance at love, happiness, and a future together. I love how Sebastian schemed to make it possible for Eliza to marry him. I highly recommend The Princess Plan to other readers and look forward to reading the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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    pulling a rabbit out of a hat

    The Princess Plan, by Julia London, is available at booksellers on 11-19-19. As the start of a new series it sets the tone for others to come. I will expect witty, adventurous, and romantic, just as with book one. I'm so use to reading about a duke or earl that a prince was unusual and fresh. That said, I hope the next book is about a certain intriguing brother who is not a duke. Actually there are two intriguing brothers so give me either one. Historical romance fans, suspend your belief in our accepted view of the ton. Our couple, and those around them, are very modern in their thinking and actions. Made it fun for me to read. Miss Eliza Tricklebank is a 28 year old spinster who lives with her blind father. Not an unusual plot theme but she's very bold, opiniated, accepting of her lot in life. She also isn't nagged constantly about marrying to save herself when dad dies. No one is threatening to ship her off to take care of a distant aunt. I liked this about the story but it's also unbelievable. That she meets a prince is unbelievable but she surely does. It's not a bad life but, she's stopped thinking about what might have been. Until a certain prince sparks a burning desire. Ms London has made her brave & bold enough to reach for the brass ring. Crown Prince Sebastian of Alucia is also resigned to his fate. I automatically like a hero named Sebastian, it's my favorite name. Being next in line for the thrown is not what you'd expect. He's drawn to Eliza, she doesn't give a hoot that he's a prince. Way out of his experience, everyone else bows & scrapes. He's entitled, rude, lonely, and bored out of his mind. He changes direction about halfway through the book and things really start to move toward a HEA. His solution is a bit wrong but hey, we've suspended our belief. An English daughter of a baron is not a "lady", it's The Honorable" We serious fans tend to be judgmental about such things, but please let it go. The story works, they get a HEA, everyone is happy. Including me. Happy reading I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #ThePrincessPlan #ARoyalWedding #JuliaLondon #Netgalley #Harlequin #Historicalromance
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    Adventure with the Prince

    London 1845 "When one lived as simply as Eliza Tricklebank, one did not expect to gain an invitation to a ball, much less meet a prince." Well she did meet Prince Sebastian who was visiting from another country. It did involve copious amounts of rum punch and jumping ahead of the line, but yes she met the Prince! Thus the adventure begins! A twenty eight year old spinster who helps her sister with a gossip column and a visiting Prince, looking for an English wife, spirals into a tale of murder and mayhem! When Sebastian's secretary is found dead and he sees information metioned in a gossip column, he goes to find answers. A delightful tale that will keep you reading to find out what happens and if these two can truly find their road to happiness! I read this through Edelweiss.
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