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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Ever dreamed of being a princess and living in a royal palace with everything you could possibly want at your fingertips? Princess Louise-Marie, firstborn and second in line to the throne of Limolou, doesn’t want to live in the royal palace anymore. She makes her first escape at the age of nine but is found and returned to face the wrath of her royal parents, not before earning her nickname as the 'runaway princess.' As a young woman, waiting to wed a mean Duke, she makes her final escape, this time to a convent where her father has no influence or power to have her returned to the palace. The princess is distraught with the state of affairs in Limolou; she cares about the people and she hates her father for all the dreadful things he does. She also hates his mistress who is intent on seeing the legitimate royal children killed so her son, the king’s illegitimate child, takes the throne. Royal life and life outside the palace is a quagmire of discontent, anger, and growing unrest. This is, after all, the era of Marie Antoinette and history recorded what happened to her.
Valerie Anne Hudson’s historical fiction novel, Runaway Princess, is a cozy read set in an unsettling era that pitted nobility against the common folk. The plot reads like a fairy tale mixed with elements of historical romance. Princess Louise-Marie, the protagonist, is the Cinderella princess in reverse. Her noble cause and ability to make things right make her both loveable and, at times, challenging. The descriptive narrative is well orchestrated with compelling dialogue to move the story forward. While the runaway princess lives up to her name in her attempt to redefine herself outside the palace walls, she is the shining example of all of us who try to find ourselves, to define who we are and what our purpose is in life. A relaxing read, this story is also filled with words of wisdom and a profound vision of humanity.