Again, Karen Hawkins has proved why she is one of my go to authors because I know I will not be disappointed! "The Prince Who Loved Me" had a semi-Cinderella feel, but without the evil stepmother and step sisters.
When Bronwyn Murdoch was sixteen, her widowed father was forced by the new vicar and his wife to wake up to the fact that his daughter was growing up. Now, she thinks she is firmly on the shelf and is looking forward to her step sisters, Sorcha and Mari, marrying and helping her papa with his patients.
Alexsey Vitaly Grigori Romanovin, Royal Prince Menshivkov of Oxenburg was at the age where his grandmother, the Grand Duchess Natasha deemed he should marry. He is visiting a friend, Lord Strathmoor at Strath's uncle's castle with his grandmother so he can start his bride hunt. Alexsey is hunting when he stumbles upon Bronwyn in one of her favorite spots to read. Bronwyn assumes that Alexsey is her neighbor, Sir Henry's huntsman. When Bronwyn refuses to tell him her name, he calls her Roza. Later, at a ball, Alexsey discovers who his Roza is. This leads to a one sided infatuation with Alexsey doing his best to convince Bronwyn of the attraction.
I liked that this had that Cinderella feel but without the wicked step-mother/step-sisters. The step-mother was actually quite likable and loved Bronwyn. I was hoping that there would be a book for Strath and Sorcha, but that was nixed in the ending (oh well).
Bronwyn was a strong character and wasn't afraid to be labeled as "on-the-shelf". Alexsey is a wonderful Prince Charming. The supporting characters were so well written and weren't just after-thoughts.
This is one of those books that you can read again and again.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much!