Friday, 14 November 2014
Book: Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond
Lucy has just lost her job and doesn't know what to do. Looking on job boards, she discovers a mysterious job that she can't help but apply for. On getting the job, she discovers that she is going to be impersonating Lady Elizabeth Billingsley, a noble woman from the small kingdom of Fredonia. On the plain she meets the mysterious Nick, a man that seems to know Elizabeth better than she let on, but one that draws Lucy in without her wanting him to. But when they arrive Prince Chrisoph proposes to Elizabeth, and the intensity of Lucy's charade goes up a notch. But there are some people who think there's something off, and they will work it out...
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I loved every minute of this book, and really hope that there's going to be more in the series! There were parts of Lucy's narrative that I couldn't help but laugh aloud to, whether it was something she did intentionally or something that she did by accident. Lucy was such a real character, even if she was pretending to be someone else, that you can't help but like her.
One character that I didn't actually like was Christoph. Yes there was nothing that wrong with him really, he just seemed to be a 20-something year old guy who was out for one thing, and just happened to be a Prince. Not saying this was the wrong way to characterise him, because it wasn't, and he did have nice traits, but that was the crux of the matter.
The main love interest definitely was Nick, who also happened to be a Prince, but Lucy didn't know that because nobody told her (nor did they tell her that Nick and Elizabeth had had sex before). So that came as a bit of a shock. When he wasn't putting on a front it seemed like Nick was a sweet guy, and at some points I found myself begging for Lucy to tell him the truth, particularly when he said he was in love with the new Elizabeth because she was so different.
The chemistry between Lucy and Nick was good, you could feel it whenever they were around each other, and not just when they kissed. This was in contrast to the lack of chemistry that Lucy commmented on when around Christoph (but as she also points out, its not her that actually has to marry him...or is it?) And when Nick and Lucy acted on that chemistry it felt right.
There were a few pages where I got a bit worried about the happily ever after and whether or not it could happen (I had a very clear idea of what I wanted it to be) and was over the moon when something similar happens! This is the kind of book that you know will end well, even if you're not sure how! Well worth a read, I thouroughly enjoyed every minute of Part-time Princess.