by Wendy Corsi Staub

November 2003
ISBN: 0-380-82054-4
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Mass Market Paperback

It has long been ordained that Princess Emmaline of Verdunia would marry Prince Remi of Buiron. A marriage between the two families would be mutually beneficial for each country. Love and passion never entered into Emmalineís mind until she met the sexiest single man in America, Granger Lockwood IV, and the heir to the Lockwood fortune.

Raised by an insensitive, controlling grandfather, Granger only seeks his freedom to be his own man. To him, love only means loss, but heís all for a good time. He never imagined that one night with Emmaline would change his opinion on his entire future. And her? She never imagined one night with him would take her far away from her fairytale life of Verdunia and into the practical streets of New York City.

Can a pampered princess survive life in a studio apartment? Only a thoroughly modern one can.

Wendy Corsi Staubís A Thoroughly Modern Princess is without a doubt one of the most interesting books of the year. Itís interesting in the fact that some parts of the novel are quite enjoyable and other parts are unbelievable, even bordering on ludicrous. Despite the fact the book starts off rather slowly, Staub manages to reveal a flair for storytelling as she follows her characters from a royal palace with a household of servants to a filthy studio apartment lacking even a mattress. Towards the middle of the novel, the pace picks up, and the interaction between Emmaline and Granger becomes entertaining.

Notwithstanding her occasional obnoxiously irritating personality, especially considering she was the one who got herself into the sticky situation in the first place, and the fact that she didnít behave at all like a real princess, Emmaline was a likeable heroine. It was cute when she discovered that Big Macs were indeed a true delicacy.

Granger was equally as appealing as a confused bachelor who finally had to stand on his own two feet and commit to something. The infrequent references to his parents and his sister were not really enough, though, to justify his beliefs about love.

As mentioned earlier, this book, good or average was quite interesting, and sometimes, thatís all it takes. It worked for me. I kept turning the pages.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Natasha.

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