I gave this a 3 out of 5 Star review.
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Thank you NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
This book was published on February 1st, 2022.
*** Warning, This Post Does Contain Spoilers ****
If you want a royal christian romance that has diversity, this is your book. I loved that it was different from the other takes of christian romance I have picked up in the past. It was set in a world with culture and great characters that draws you in.
The story begins with the king of Ọlọrọ Ilé, Africa, finding out that he is in the last stages of lung cancer and now must reach out to his one and only heir to his throne. The problem is though that the heir doesn’t know that she is a princess to begin with. Her name is Brielle and she was born in America where she was kept hidden from her grandfather and knowing her true identity.
As the story unfolds, you see Brielle go to Ọlọrọ Ilé, Africa, with her best friend Iris to meet her grandfather and there she would decide if she would take his place at the throne.
As she stays there, she starts to learn the culture of the people and Ọlọrọ Ilé, Africa. She falls in love with the people and the country and eventually after much prayer, agrees to be the crown princess to ascend the throne.
But there is a catch. A law was written that if a woman wants to descend the throne, she must be married. And she must be married before her grandfather dies. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have much time for that.
With a list provided by the council she goes through a list of contenders and realizes they are not the one for her. She did eventually find a man that could be her prince that she felt led by God to pick. You see them go through obstacles to live happily ever after.
What I felt this book could be stronger in: WARNING SPOILERS BELOW
Well when Brielle found out about being a princess, the way it was done reminded me so much of the Princess Diaries. Everything about it in regards to her finding out she was a princess, it felt like I was reading something on repeat. Fortunately, once you get past a few chapters, this story becomes its own and thoroughly enjoyable.
Another reason I feel this book could be stronger was the ending. It was like a hot flash that was there one minute and then gone the next.
She spent a lot of her time building a relationship with her grandfather. But once you read that she got married, he was not mentioned in the story and BAM he is gone. It was focused a lot on her new relationship. So it was shocking that it just suddenly happened. I felt like I didn’t get any closure on him and it left me sad that his character was ended without a forethought.
The dream that her newly married husband had. Did…not…make…sense….why it was put in there. It was suppose to have a happy ending and he just dreamed that Brielle had a miscarriage and that is when he chose to profess his love for her. It felt thrown in there and did not make sense in the story.
The whole time Brielle was in the palace, she was getting threatening messages about being an imposter and she needed to abdicate the throne. Gave the story some depth and I was curious who was threatening her. Well at the VERY end, it is revealed who sent them. No mystery or let me figure this out who is sending them throughout the read. It was so unexpected in a bad way. Personally I feel that the character chosen to be “the bad guy” was so out of character it was not really believable. It was BAM I am the bad guy and I am going to straight up tell you that and you by the way…give up your throne. Two seconds later I am going to threaten with a phone call I will make and was saved the day by Brielle fighting to take the phone away. In about two pages, it was over. Something that has been mentioned numerous times in the story…over just like that. This scene in this book comes across as a slight afterthought and I feel that it could have been better built in the story.
Also to say the least that the uncle in the story was built to be this bad guy who also wanted her to give up the throne. Again, at the end of the story, out of story and character he is like, I will never hurt you because you are my grandniece. Just like that…it was over. All the things that felt built up throughout the story felt very rushed in the end.
I did truly enjoy In Search of a Prince, I felt that this book was unique and had a good message. I do wish that some of the story plots were better written but overall this was an excellent read.
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