The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne

A fun tale of a Yorkshire lass who moves to London to start her own gardening business, only to get swept up into a glamorous world where she has no clue how to act.

Book Synopsis

Amy Wilde is tired of the idiots her glamorous flatmate Jo tries to set her up with – she’d much rather be landscaping a garden with her dog Badger at her side than trying to find the man of her dreams. That is, until she meets Leo Wolfsburg. Handsome, polite, funny, intriguing – Leo is everything Amy could want in a man. Best of all, the attraction seems mutual.

But Leo’s lifestyle is a world away from her own. Private planes, charity balls, exclusive members’ clubs – Amy begins to realise that her simple existence has been turned upside down. And just where is Leo’s home country of Nirona, anyway? Is this all too good to be true?


*Non Spoiler Review*

I don’t know why it took me so long to read another book by Hester Browne, the last one I read was the Vintage Girl which I absolutely adored. I quickly looked at when I reviewed it and that was in 2017! But something spurred me over Christmas to read another of Browne’s book and I am so glad I did!

Amy was a stand up MC in this book, I really loved how she stood by her morals and values. She compromised a little but not in an unhealthy way, I also loved the premise where she had an outrageous flatmate (which I could relate to back in the day).

Leo was an ultra modern guy who was confident in who he is, but suffer normal doubts and fears on what other people might treat him like because of his status. I appreciate that Browne portrayed him in a balanced light, compassionate and practical, but also a little blind to elements of his privilege. I could imagine meeting someone like this.

Overall the story was engaging, fun, and made me smile. The only hesitation I had about this book was Amy’s sisters story. It felt a little hollow in certain parts, but I did understand how Browne linked it in.

So happy this was my first book of 2021, I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a sweet romance story!

Rating: 4/5

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