A popular, young royal couple can't produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!
Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the
eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small
European nation to be: he's affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her
tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but
a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to
cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin
dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing
But challenges loom that are even more complicated than
figuring out how to mesh Hatty's journalism career with life at Belvoir
Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex
scandal: they can't produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,”
and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But
beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak
that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose
between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the
throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them
happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”
Let me begin by saying, I have never been so drawn into a story line as I was with Wren's book. It all began with your typical fairly tale beginning, a young college student from the States going to college abroad and one night bumps into prince charming. I think everyone wishes that could happen to them, and for Hatty it was reality. But as the story progresses, we see life isn't all fancy dresses, trips to the ball and happily ever after.
Let's take it back to where it all began, a dimly lit karaoke bar and an amazing song that catches the princes eye. Stimulating conversation between the two which leads her leaving with a smile on her face. She goes into work the next day and is asked by her boss to cover a royal story...and this is where the crazy love affair starts to unfold.
It all seems so innocent in the beginning. He asks her over for a tour of the castle, he hangs out and just talks to her, normal things that any friendship typically consists of. Then little by little she gets the hint that he is falling for her and could she possibly be falling for him?
As I stated previously though, as their love story begins, it's not all rainbows and unicorns. The family itself is not easy to get along with - from the playboy brother, to John's father having a secret relationship with a younger women and lastly a Queen who truly only cares about one thing - OK maybe two - herself and John producing an heir to one day take the throne.
There are so many twists and turns and ups and downs - you never know how Hatty and John's relationship will truly survive. (You will be routing for them for sure though, I can guarantee that).
Will Hatty marry her Prince Charming?
We she graduate school and pursue her career or will she give that up for true love?
Will they fulfill the Queen's blatant request and have many adorable babies?
I will not be the person to ruin the story, but what I can say is that you will not be disappointed and you will have many long nights reading this true modern day fairy tale page turner.
What better way to celebrate a modern day fairy tale - then with a perfect glass of bubbly. (Hey a girl still needs to believe in some parts of the fairy tale, even today and champagne is the way to go!)
As I am sure you have already figured out, I am in love with this story and I give it 5 amazing glasses of wine! It truly did not disappoint at all!