About the Book
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 a bombshell–Brielle is really a princess in the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, off the coast of Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, the king, is failing.
Distraught by all the secrets her mother kept, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before her coronation, or the crown will pass to another. Brielle is uncertain if she even wants the throne, and with her world totally shaken, where will she find the courage to take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring?
In My Opinion
If you haven’t seen the gorgeous cover for Toni Shiloh’s In Search of a Prince (published by Bethany House), where have you been? The story under that cover is just as wonderful.
Brielle is a normal woman living a normal life…until her mother reveals the truth about Brielle’s parentage. Everything Brielle believed about her life, her father, and herself are brought into question.
Readers explore this unknown life as a princess along with Brielle, and Shiloh’s writing shines in the setting and characterization as we get to know Brielle (which happens quickly as the book is told in first person from Brielle’s point of view). I appreciated how Brielle leaned on her faith when overwhelmed and her best friend, Iris (please tell me she gets her own book!) speaks truth into Brielle’s life.
The journey to princess is more than just the laws and expectations. It’s falling in love, learning graciousness to those who oppose Brielle’s rule, and loving the land and the people. And of course, there is some mystery as to who is threatening Brielle, too.
Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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