Wednesday, 28 March 2018

New Release Book Review:The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle

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The Swedish Prince, an all-new emotional standalone by Karina Halle is now LIVE!

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I never believed in fairy-tales.
Never held out for Prince Charming.
Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.
Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my dusty doorstep.
At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.
But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.
Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.
He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.
Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.
I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.
When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?
Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?
The Swedish Prince is a standalone romance inspired by Roman Holiday.


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*****
My Thoughts

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.


*****

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About Karina Halle

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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.

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