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Like Karina Halle, Roman Holiday is one of
my favourite movies, so I was excited to read Swedish Prince, a book inspired
by that movie. While Viktor may not be strolling around Rome buying sandals,
getting his hair cut and eating ice cream, he is the winner in the romance
stakes, because unlike Audrey Hepburn’s character, he gets the happy ever after
that eluded her.
Swedish Prince was such an enjoyable read.
It’s a wonderful story about two people attracted to each other from the start,
but separated by a chasm that is quite distinct; Maggie is a working class girl
who has sole guardianship of her younger siblings. Viktor is not only a prince,
but a Crown Prince and heir apparent to the Swedish throne.
As unlikely as it seems, their lives have
many similarities. The material differences are obvious but their emotions,
feelings and life experiences are alike in so many ways.
There are some heavy topics covered but
they were written with sensitivity. And to lighten the mood there were many
humorous moments. If it wasn’t a funny error in language translation then
Maggie’s younger brother Callum was always nearby with his Swedish Chef (à la
The Muppets) imitation.
There were definitely many hurdles for our
couple to overcome, many that are relevant in today's royal families, but it
all comes together in a more than satisfying manner.
And now it’s time to find a few hours to
watch Roman Holiday as well as North by Northwest, another excellent movie
mentioned in the book.
About Karina Halle
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads.
She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.