The Last Princess is Found

The last book to the trilogy series Lost Princesses is The Prince Kidnaps a Bride. Christina Dodd ends the series with the last sister, Sorcha and Rainger .

Princess Sorcha is lost, exiled from her family but she knows it is time to find her way back home. She had been gone too long but she wouldn’t be going alone. A fisherman will be there helping her at every turn but he is not how she believes him to be.

Prince Rainger needs to get Sorcha out of here and back to their kingdom. He is not the once carefree prince but a man who knows his destiny and that is to be King with Sorcha at his side. But trouble comes there way as they are hunted by assassins at every turn and Rainger will still have to deal with Sorcha when she finds out who he really is.

The Prince Kidnaps a Bride was a fun story but for some reason for me it took me a little to get into the story. I knew I would like the story as the first book was very good. But here you had to get into the characters and plot as it did not grab me from the very beginning. Though once you are in you want to finish it till the end.

You will have no problem understanding what is going on in the book even if you don’t read the others. I have not read the second book with Amy (which I am looking for) but I understood what happened in the third book . Each book seems to be their own story yet they are in perfect harmony as a series.

The banter between the two characters was entertaining as they forged on through the book. It seemed like they worked one moment and the next they couldn’t stand each other which kept them interesting. I liked also how Dodd created the back stories of Rainger to show how he was shaped into the man he had become.

Dodd also wraps up the series with a happy ending and a fresh start for these exiled princesses that will leave you smiling. The Lost Princesses series is enchanting to read.

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Tribute by Nora Roberts

“Virginia’s Shenandoah Vally, in the shadow if the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a long way from Hollywood.  And that’s exactly how Cilla McGowan likes it.

Cilla, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life working with her hands to restore homes from floor to ceiling and has come here to her grandmother’s farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin.  Sadly, no one had been able to save her grandmother, the legendary Janet Hardy.  An actress with a golden voice and a tumultuous life, Janet entertained glamorous guests and engaged in decadent affairs, but died of an overdose in this very house more than thirty years ago.  To this day, Janet haunts Cilla’s dreams.  And during her waking hours, Cilla is haunted by her melodramatic, five times-married mother, who carried on in the public spotlight and never gave her a chance at a normal childhood.  By coming to the East Coast, rolling up her sleeves, and rehabbing this wreck of a house, Cilla intends to take a shot at finding some kind of normalcy for herself.

Cilla has her work cut out for her, the house, once a place a comfort and simple rural beauty, is long neglected, crumbling, the grounds choked by weeds.  Plunging into the project with gusto, she’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer, but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable humor (not to mention his delightfully ugly dog, Spock) are hard to ignore.  Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, but she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy.

But love and a peaceful life may not be in the cards for Cilla.  In the house’s cluttered attic, she has found a cache of unsigned letters, tied with a faded red ribbon, suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she died, and that the father of her child was a local married man.  Cilla can’t help but wonder what really happened all those years ago.  The mystery only deepens with a series of cruel and intimidating acts and a frightening violent assault.  And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime in her life.”

Reading any books from Nora Roberts you can’t help but be pulled into the story, into the characters and all that surrounds them.

As I started to read Tribute I was immediately pulled into Cilla’s life and her struggle for creating her life over, to start a new and actually have her own life.  Cilla is a fantastic character.  She is strong, determined, struggles in aspects of her life, which endures her character to the reader.

Ford is as well a very well-developed character.  He holds the humor of the book with his witty and words that he says.  I love how he is a very determined man to make Cilla his own.  She resists and resists but finally she gives into happiness which is in the form of Ford.

The shocking thing about the book which was nice to read was the idea that Cilla dreamt of her grandmother.  You learned a lot about the grandmother through the dreams but was it Cilla’s imagination or really her grandmother.  Another great part of the book is who really is behind the mischief that is plaguing Cilla and the mystery of how her grandmother really met her end.  The culprit(s) will reveal themselves and new ones will come to harm Cilla.

I wasn’t sure who the real person was until the very end of the book.