Book Review-The Princess and the Pea

Posted June 3, 2010 by Loverofromance in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review-The Princess and the PeaThe Princess and the Pea by Victoria Alexander
Published by Love Spell on 1996
Genres: Fairy Tales, Historical Romance, Regency Era
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
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Preparing to inherit her father's business empire, independent nineteenth-century beauty Cecily White resists money-seeking suitors, until she is tempted by the Earl of Greystone, who she insists must prove his love to her. Original.

After one of Cecily’s friends gets hurts from the Early of Graystone, Cecily comes up with a plan to go to England and hurt him just as much. Cece’s plan is to convince her parents to take them over to England, telling them that she would like to marry a English Lord, and going to England would do that. Her parents had always wanted her to marry one, so her plan worked she had convinced her parents to take both her and her sister Emily over to England. When they get there they visit a friend of their mother’s. Where they meet her son Quentin and his friend Jared, who happens to be the Earl of Graystone (but Cece has no idea whom he really is) where they show her their automobile that they had recently made. At the time of when this book takes place, is when inventors start to make automobiles. Cecily is fascinated, since she has never seen one before. Cecily is also entranced by Jared, however despite their physical attraction to one another there is a undeniable contention that sparks between the two. Cecily heads to Paris, to see the race of automobiles, unsuspecting to Cecily Jared is one of those that are participating in the race. When they meet once more, thus strikes a romantic interlude where a love spikes up when they least expect it. Jared knowing of his responsibilities knows he has to marry into money into saving his family’s heritage.Thinking that Cecily is just a daughter of a poor butcher he ends their liason, even though he desperately wants to stay with her. He knows that there are lots of innocent people that he is responsible for and they come first before any of his personal needs. Cecily is heartbroken over Jared’s decision, she is withdrawn and not herself. Cecily had fallen in love with Jared and now must find someone to marry even though at that moment its the last thing on Earth she would want to do. But when they are put face to face as Cecily being a rich heiress and Jared being a English Lord, things definitely spice up.  Where Jared will go about proving to Cecily that he wants to marry her not just for her money but for love.

Its been some time since I have read anything from Victoria Alexander, but I have loved her books. This one was a little bit different than most of her other books. Its part of a multi author series: A Faerie Tale. As you can certainly tell from the cover. As in the original Faerie Tale, the princess was put through a test. So with this one, Cece is put through tests by Jared’s mother, who is very over protective of him. She desires him to find someone that will be a good wife and will love him and be loyal. So as I was reading through this, some of these tests, I was just laughing through some of them, and cheering for Cece as well, since she always passed each test with flying colors. This is definitely one of my favorites of Victoria Alexander’s, it definitely had a certain theme to it, that drew me in. Since I am a huge fan of Faerie Tales, this one was well received for me.

Link For The Rest of the Series Love Spell Fairy Tales

About Victoria Alexander

New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. The Perfect Wife—originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008—hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance's Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.
Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor’s helicopter. She’s covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school "story telling genius". It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She’s never looked back.

Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.

Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn't understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed!

Now he's been joined by Reggie, also a faithful companion.

They all live happily ever after in a house under constant renovation and the accompanying parade of men in tool belts. And never ending chaos. Victoria laughs a great deal—she has to.

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