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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Warner (May 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446694495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446694490
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holly Bishop is still reeling from the beating life has given her. She's only 25 and her short marriage is over. She moves to San Francisco, where she knows no one, and takes a job as an event planner. Her boss, Olivia, is model-thin and confident, everything Holly is not, and Olivia becomes so concerned about Holly's despondency and lack of a social life that she takes her under her wing. Slowly Holly rejoins the land of the living. She dates an ogre or two and still makes depressing late-night calls to her ex, but she is getting out there. Then her big event looms, and in spite of all her hard work, no one shows up. Aghast, Holly realizes that she's been sabotaged. Will this be the end of her job and any progress she's made in her self-esteem? Porter's tale is entertaining and witty as she tugs the heartstrings in a big way, and readers can't help but cheer Holly on. Maria Hatton
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About the Author

JANE PORTER lives in Seattle, Washington.

More About the Author

USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author of 47 romances and women's fiction titles, Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award five times, with her Tule Publishing novella, Take Me, Cowboy, winning the Novella Category July 2014. Jane today has over 12 million copies in print, including her wildly popular Flirting with Forty, a novel picked by Redbook Magazine as it's Red Hot Summer Read in 2006 before being turned into a Lifetime movie in 2008 starring Heather Locklear.

Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband three sons, and two dogs. You can learn more about Jane at janeporter.com.

Customer Reviews

I grew up on fairy-tales just like Holly the heroine in The Frog Prince.
Gigi H
Also I really liked how Holly's relationship with her mother changed throughout the book.
Deborah
This book could have been another 100+ pages and it still would have held my interest.
Trisha Wilson

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ChickLitGirl on May 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Meet Holly Bishop. After the devastating break-up with the gorgeous and smart Jean-Marc - who was supposed to be the Prince Charming she was to spend the rest of her life with - she is struggling to accept that she is already divorced at 25. Holly now lives alone and works as an event planner in the bustling city of San Francisco. When her boss Olivia accosts her one day and says she must either do something about her personal life or think about getting another job, Holly has little choice but to join Olivia and her friends for drinks out. Although the night is somewhat uneventful and humiliating, it does show Holly that it's time to take control of her life.

As she makes her way through the ups and downs of shedding some weight and going on some laughably bad dates, Holly decides to throw herself into helping plan a charity event that benefits hospice patients. The only problem is that Olivia doesn't know what she is doing, and if she finds out.. there will most likely be hell to pay - perhaps even her job. But Holly doesn't give up, even when the going gets extremely tough. At the same time, she learns that she isn't quite ready to give up on herself yet.

"The Frog Prince" was an absolutely wonderful read. You would never know that author Jane Porter has recently crossed over into the chick lit genre from romance. The book is subtle, sweet, sometimes sad, and sometimes funny- but always true to life. Porter did an awesome job at capturing the true angst of a newly-divorced woman trying to pick up the pieces of her life. The writing in this book flows seamlessly from one scene to the next, and Holly is such an interesting, slightly flawed yet likeable character that one will feel they are there, experiencing the things she does.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jenn H on July 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
You gotta kiss a lot of frogs to discover who you are. That's what I loved about this book. It wasn't about our heroine trying to find a guy but learning about herself. The title is deceiving. Don't expect a romance with The Frog Prince. This is a story about a woman trying to find her place in the world after it's been yanked out from beneath her in a divorce she never saw coming. Holly's journey is a beautiful, realistic tale that had me laughing and crying and thinking "Wow, I'm Holly." This is Jane Porter's first foray into mainstream fiction and she makes an entrance. I'm not a big fan of chick lit, but I'm a fan of Ms. Porter's. For life. Fantastic.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Irene Paterka on September 8, 2005
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I don't normally read much chick-lit, but thought I'd give this story a try - and am I glad I did! Jane Porter had me hooked by the end of Chapter One. Holly Bishop, with all her trials and tribulations, left me fascinated, but it was the "heart" of the story that really grabbed me. Holly Bishop could be any woman, and Jane Porter has written a beautiful story that reads utterly true and speaks from the heart. There's reality and truth and beauty sprinkled like fairy dust throughout the pages of this book, and the result is MAGICAL. Thank you, Jane Porter for sharing Holly's world with us all! I'll definintely be waiting for your next book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janet on June 14, 2005
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The heroine is great! It is easy to feel like you are walking in her shoes as she marries the man of her dreams and instead of living happily ever after realizes early on that he is a shallow jerk. The marriage ends shortly after the first year and the gal chooses to shrug off everything familiar and relocate to a strange city. Like a wounded bird she goes through the motions of life. The story touches your heart. A good read.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bearette24 VINE VOICE on June 26, 2005
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For some reason this reminded me a great deal of "If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend" by Alison Pace. Both feature sweet, self-doubting protagonists and crisp writing.

In The Frog Prince, Holly Bishop finds herself abandoned by Jean-Marc, her husband who told her on their honeymoon that he didn't love her. He files for divorce. She moves to San Francisco to start a new life as an event planner, but it isn't easy for her to make friends, until her mother forces her hand. Her co-workers force her to start dating again, which is disastrous at first.

Holly also works with a real witch who ends up teaching her to do "what's right." There is no moralizing, however.

I enjoyed this book a lot. Perhaps it is on the simplistic side, but I found that it was written from the heart, and the prose moved at a refreshing clip. Again, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Alison Pace's book, or anyone who likes quirky tales, or anyone who likes San Francisco.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Shoemaker on May 16, 2005
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The Frog Prince readers are taken to a new realm in discovering who you are and this book takes "relationships" to a new level. If you were raised to believe in fairy tales and along would come Prince Charming, then you will definitely relate to this book.

It's an exploration into marriage, mother/daughter, sibling, friendship, and dating relationships.

Holly the central character has been raised to be the "good girl", don't kiss on the first date, have a good reputation and basically keep your innermost feelings to yourself. She felt she really didn't know her mother nor her siblings and for the most part in her family, on the outside looking in.

She marries Jean-Marc and thought this was an answer to her happiness. However, the marriage fails and she is empty and doesn't know how to ask for help from her family and friends. Relocation is Holly's only answer where she is now faced with a new city, new job and new friends. Here she learns there are no second chances and one can only move forward. Holly explores her past and what her future might hold.

This book makes the reader take a look at themselves as to why we need love, what makes a person special, do we suffer from family guilt, can we move forward and put past relationships behind and most important is there happy ever after? For the main character Holly, this was about learning who she was and moving forward. "It's the story of a young woman falling in love...with herself. She discovers that she is wonderful, she's always been wonderful, all she has to do is trust herself".

For me, this book hit right to the center of my heart! It was an exploration into my past, present and future as well. I sincerely recommend this book especially if you're a "Baby Boomer" and if you're not, this book will have a special meaning, I promise.
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