After her young son narrowly escapes an assassination attempt, Princess Caroline of Zindaria cannot afford to wait. She must take Nicky and flee to England where she should be safe from Count Anton and his pursuit of the throne. Callie plans to “disappear” into the countryside and join her former governess to live in anonymity until Nicky reaches adulthood when he will need to reclaim the throne.
Her plans sounded good, and they even worked up to a point. But buying passage on a smuggler’s ship was her first misstep, and Callie and Nicky were put ashore miles from their intended destination. Then they encountered Gabriel Renfrew and the former soldier took charge of their entire journey.
Gabe immediately senses that all is not right with the bedraggled travelers, and decides to take a personal interest in their welfare. And where better to keep an eye on them than at his home. His housekeeper has a soft spot for strays and she will enjoy fussing over the young lad. Gabe would like nothing better than to fuss over “Mrs. Prynne” but the young widow has a lot to deal with and he is a patient man.
Author Anne Gracie charms readers once again with The Stolen Princess. The writing is crisp and keeps your attention from the first page to the last. Callie and Gabe both have issues to overcome and their personalities clash a bit. Callie is tired of men telling her what to do, and since Gabe is a former soldier, he is prone to command. The sparks will fly when they butt heads. With plenty of minor characters waiting in the wings, it looks as though she may be planning another series.