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Ransom My Heart [Kindle Edition]

Meg Cabot , Mia Thermopolis
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia and star of Meg Cabot's insanely popular #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries books, has "penned" her first historical romance novel . . . with help from Meg Cabot

He's a tall, handsome knight with a secret. She's an adventurous beauty with more than a few secrets of her own. Finnula needs money for her sister's dowry, and fast. Hugo Fitzstephen, returning home to England from the Crusades with saddlebags of jewels, has money, and lots of it. What could be simpler than to kidnap him and hold him for ransom?

Well, for starters, Finnula could make the terrible mistake of falling in love with her hostage.

Princess Mia Thermopolis, Meg Cabot's most beloved character, has always been an outspoken animal-rights activist and committed environmentalist. In keeping with Mia's true spirit, Meg will be donating her advance to Greenpeace.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The gimmick to accompany the conclusion of the Princess Diaries is this delightful historical romance written by series heroine Princess Mia Thermopolis (with help from Cabot, who is donating all proceeds to Greenpeace). Finn Crais is the resourceful daughter of a miller living in Stephensgate, England, in 1291. When Finns older sister, Mellana, gets pregnant by a troubadour and has no money for a dowry, Finn agrees to carry out Mellanas ridiculous plan to abduct a wealthy man and hold him ransom, settling on Earl Hugh Fitzstephen, fresh back from the crusades and loaded with gold and jewels. Finn doesn't realize who it is she'scaptured, and Fitzstephen, owing to a curiosity about Finn and wanting to see where the kidnapping will lead, plays along. As to be expected, passions become enflamed, and Finn discovers her sister's plan may not be a simple as she originally thought. Though predictable, the novel is thoroughly enjoyable and funny. Cabots fans, and particularly those graduating from the Princess Diaries, will be pleased, especially as they may have read brief excerpts in Forever Princess, the series finale (Reviews, p. 55). (Jan.)
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*Starred Review* Her Royal Highness Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldi, Crown Princess of Genovia, has decided to write her own book. “Mia” is used to fame, after all, since her creator turned coauthor, Meg Cabot, has shared her story in the bestselling Princess Diaries series. Now Mia tells the tale of Finnula Crais, a thirteenth-century lass whose skills as an archer far surpass those of anyone else in her village. She often shoots forbidden game in the forest belonging to Sir Hugo Fitzstephen, Earl of Stephensgate, sharing the meat with the struggling peasantry. When another of Finnula’s many sisters is about to get married and the family can’t afford a dowry, the incorrigible Finnula decides to kidnap Sir Hugo, who has returned from the Crusades with what she figures must be a bounty of spoils. Then the worst thing possible happens: Finnula falls in love with the captive knight. The antics and adventures of the feisty heroine and frustrated hero make this hilarious medieval romance a sure-to-please page-turner. And the authors are true to their animal-rights and environmental convictions: all proceeds from the novel, which is printed on environmentally friendly paper, will be donated to Greenpeace. --Shelley Mosley

Product Details

  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330511009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL8GK
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
In England in the year 1291, Finulla Crass, the adventurous daughter of the village miller, is determined to help her older sister, Mellana, who is pregnant out of wedlock and needs a substantial dowry, as her child's father will otherwise be too poor to marry her. The sisters come up with a rather unconventional plan - Finnula will find a wealthy man, kidnap him, and hold him for ransom in order to obtain the money Mellana needs. Finnula decides her captive will be a young earl, Hugo Fitzstephan, who has returned from the Crusades with quite a large fortune.

Hugo Fitzstephan is nothing like Finnula expected, however. The young knight is disturbingly handsome, and Finnula, who prefers hunting and riding to household tasks and is determined to never marry again after her first husband died before their wedding night, finds herself fighting her attraction for Hugo. Meanwhile, Hugo could escape at any time, but plays along as Finnula's "hostage" because he is curious about - and rather fascinated by - this unconventional young woman.

Ransom My Heart is an enjoyable and lighthearted Medieval romance with an entertaining relationship between the main characters. It's not super heavy on historical detail, but I loved that it was different from most romances set in this time period, in that it had a unique storyline and featured a heroine who was a commoner rather than the typical sheltered young noblewoman. This book does have a bit more mature content than Meg Cabot's young adult books, however, so I wouldn't really recommend it to her younger fans. Historical romance readers as well as older teen and adult fans of the author are sure to enjoy this book, and I highly recommend it to them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ransom my Heart May 2, 2009
I am neither a historical fiction reader, nor a romance reader. The sole reason I wanted to read this book was because of the fact that it was written by the great Meg Cabot. Cabot has written young adult historical romances (Nicola and the Viscount, Victoria and the Rogue) and I was not a fan of those. For the most part, I was completely enchanted by Finnula's story. It's great to see a romance novel that breaks romance novel stereotypes of weak, helpless women waiting for strong burly men to do everything for them. Things like this (and minor anachronisms) remind the reader that this is theoretically being written by a girl in her senior year of high school. It's a fun read, though not entirely suitable for young adults (but you just know Princess Diaries fans are going to ignore this fact and read it anyways). Everything's great until the end approaches. The wedding is skipped over, and then a weird storyline begins. I honestly believe the wedding should have been an ending with an elaborate wedding scene, and then anything after that could have served as either an epilogue or as a sequel. It felt as though it were two entirely different books, and read pretty awkwardly. There's no main idea throughout the entire book, it's two different ones (the first being 'falling in love', the second 'death threats, oh no!').

Rating: 4/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a heartfelt romance June 30, 2010
I expected so much more from one of my favorite YA authors! I love Meg Cabot as a writer, but this book was just cliched and trite. It almost seemed like an imitation of a romance novel rather than an actual one. Ms. Cabot has a knack for creating wonderful characters, but in this book, I didn't feel like the characters actually lept off the page. The heroine is supposed to be spunky and unique, but she just comes off as a bit whiny. All in all, an okay read, but I expected better. Especially since romance (especially historical romance), is my favorite genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Adult read July 19, 2011
The people in Finnula Finn's town are starving. Luckily, she's can wield a bow and arrow like nobody else. She's been keeping the town's people fed so they don't starve. She likes looking after people and not being a conventional women. When her sister comes to her needing help, she can't refuse. However, she knows nothing about capturing a man and holding him for ransom. When she finds one to her liking, she doesn't realize that she's in way over her head. First of all, he infuriates her. Second of all, she finds herself divulging all her secrets to him - well not all of them. She still doesn't want to talk about what happened on her wedding night. That subject is off limits, but nothing else appears to be off limits including her lips. How did she get herself into this mess and how could it end other than badly?

An adult romance novel written as a senior project by Princess Mia Thermoplis. She uses a pen name in an attempt to become an author without using her title. All the proceeds from this book will go towards Greenpeace. - I love this idea. I love how Tina influences Mia with her romance book reading.

An addicting and romantic read, one of my favorite books by this amazing author! It was the perfect treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quaint yet steamy medieval romance novel March 22, 2010
It had not registered with me initially that this was a period novel. As I read the first few pages, I felt a bit impatient for the seemingly "trying too hard to be different" language and names of characters - Finnula? Mellana? Fitzstephen? But once I settled down to the fact that it was set in Medieval England, the language and names fell in place quite nicely. Not that I know much about the Medieval language, but the language definitely enhances the charm and romance value of the story.

This is certainly not for the same young adult/teen audience as the Princess Diaries - there's way too much explicit content here. But even among her adult romance novels, Meg Cabot has broken away from her usual style of light and easy writing that mainly relies on humor, without too much of a plot.

A few things set this book apart from regular "chick-lits":
- It has a plot full of intrigue, and does not depend merely on the explicit, steamy scenes for its appeal. The theme is not something stunningly out of the ordinary - but it is woven into a story well told.
- The hero and heroine get married somewhere in the middle of the book, and the plot continues - it makes a point that marriage is not the "end of the story", which I thought was nice.
- The heroine is a huntress par excellence - an interesting choice of occupation for a woman, especially in medieval times. And that too a female Robinhood of sorts!
- The hero comes home after 10 years of fighting in the Crusades, and finds that he has a "bastard" child, who is neatly integrated into the plot without making a big deal about morality issues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A cute tie-in and a fun read in its own right
I only bought this as a fan of the Princess Diaries series, but thoroughly enjoyed it for the fun story itself.
Published 3 months ago by Amanda Gutierrez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 months ago by Diego
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on a medieval story that "Princess Mia Thermopolis"...
Interesting take on a medieval story that "Princess Mia Thermopolis" has been writing for her senior project. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Melissa P.
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
I really enjoy Meg Cabot's writing. I hate to put her books down. This one was a bit more graphic than I like. Otherwise, it was good.
Published 19 months ago by LA Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good but not what I expected
So the book was a good read but it was not the great that I was hoping for so it was just a tad disappointing.
Published on February 25, 2013 by Tamia Wellington
5.0 out of 5 stars ransom my heart review
this book was amazing! i've read it twice before but i never actually owned it and i wanted this book like crazy and now i have it:) one of the best books ever written!
Published on September 30, 2012 by awesomebook review
1.0 out of 5 stars Smutty Adult Romance
I was expecting a playful romance with a touch of humor - since this is apparently Meg Cabot's attempt to write under her character's name. Read more
Published on September 22, 2012 by K. Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not what I hoped...
I was really looking forward to this book, due to the fact Meg Cabot was writing it in Mia Thermopolis' name. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Girl<3Books
2.0 out of 5 stars An adult novel
Published on May 21, 2012 by Miss Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars wasn't sure what to expect, but loved it by the end
Was very unsure of this book in the beginning - not a big fan of sappy romance. This was anything but...good story line, strong female, a bit of romance, suspense and mystery. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by Outdoors Girl
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More About the Author

Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg's nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in "her books can be habit forming." She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Meg's first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, "Royal Wedding", will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, "From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess". "Remembrance", a new book in the Mediator series will be available in February of 2016.

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