Amy Wilde is at a party one evening when she meets a man named Leo. Only after several dates does she realise that he is in fact Prince Leopold, a member of a minor European royal family. Sounds perfect, right? But Amy is totally unprepared for the change in her life that dating royalty brings - her every move is scrutinised in the papers and she's put on a punishing fitness regime by Leo's family. When a chance change to the succession laws brings Leo closer to the throne, the pressure on Amy intensifies and her own secrets threaten to become public knowledge.
The Runaway Princess is certainly different from my normal reading but I was craving a bit of brain candy last week and I did dream of marrying a Prince as a young girl (My Mum always wanted me to marry Prince Harry and my older sister to marry Prince William!!). I liked the premise of the book, how it promised to go beyond the 'happily ever after' and I was in the mood for some light relief. And on these terms, the book delivered. It was fluffy and fun and it was always a pleasure to pick it up after being at work all day long. It's easy to empathise with Amy and Browne had some fun with the minor characters too.
The only problem with this book was that Leo was mind-bogglingly perfect. I mean, come on! I could buy that he was sick of the trappings of royalty and just wanted to meet a normal girl, but I couldn't believe that he was that accommodating and non-spoilt, in addition to of course being amazingly handsome. In fact, a better story-line could have been Amy falling in love with his arrogant brother Rolf, that might have had some more chance for character development. As in most of the chick-lit I've read, the ending felt very tidy and again, I couldn't believe that Leo was that perfect.
On the whole, I spent a happy few nights with this book in a happy, stress-free place. It's not high literature, but I did enjoy escaping with it :)
Source: Personal copy (kindle)
First Published: 2012
Score: 3 out of 5