When a storm brings the dashing Prince Richard to her family's farm, Violet falls in love at first sight. Richard also gives Violet his heart, but he knows his marriage is destined to be an affair of state, not of passion. For the king and queen have devised a contest to determine who will win their son's hand in marriage.
To be reunited with her prince, Violet must compete against princesses from across the land. It will take all of her wits - and a little help from an unexpected source - if Violet is to demonstrate the depth of her character and become Richard's bride.
Summary from Goodreads.com
One of the best books in the "Once Upon a Time" series, in my opinion. It's the retelling of The Princess and the Pea. When, farm girl, Violet, saves the prince of her country, they fall in love. But he is on his way home to witness his parent's contest for his hand in marriage. Princesses have gathered from all over the world to pass six tests and be eligible for his hand. When Violet learns that she might actually be a princess, she goes to the castle to compete as well.
This has always been a fairytale that I've wanted to rewrite just because there had to be more to the story than finding a pea under 20 mattresses. Debbie Viguie did a good job at writing that story.
There wasn't a lot of depth to the romance, but I did feel like we got to know and admire Violet. I recommend it to others who love fairytales, and people who enjoy a good, fast, light-hearted read.
4 1/2 stars
256 pages (paperback)
Released: February 23, 2010