mini book review: in search of a prince by Toni Shiloh.

Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha’s Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops the mother of all bombshells–Brielle is a princess in the kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, King Tiwa Jimoh Adebayo, is failing.

Distraught by her mother’s betrayal, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before assuming the throne or the crown will be passed to another. Uncertain who to choose from the council’s list of bachelors, she struggles with the decision along with the weight of her new role in a new country. With her world totally shaken, she must take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring.

I love The Princess Diaries, so when I read the synopsis for In Search of a Prince, I was excited to read it. (Plus, the cover is beautiful!) Sadly, In Search of a Prince did not live up to its potential. The main character Brielle is twenty-five, but she acted much younger (I think Prince might have worked better as a YA novel, truth be told). I didn’t root for the main couple, especially since Brielle thought about Tomori almost obsessively–not fun to read! The romance was awkwardly handled and, in my opinion, somewhat inappropriate (near the end of the book).

In general, the writing style was not my favorite either. The political aspects of the novel were interesting at times, but it also felt a bit surface-level. I would have much preferred an in-depth look at what learning to lead a country is like, with a tasteful, mature romance on the side. But that’s not what I got. Overall, I can’t, in good conscience, recommend In Search of a Prince–though I truly wish I could!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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