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"A perfect way to spend a lazy summer afternoon" Library Journal

About the Author

Johanna Lindsey is world-renowned for her “mastery of historical romance” (Entertainment Weekly), with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold.  She is the author of fifty-two previous national bestselling novels, many of which reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lindsey lives in New Hampshire with her family.

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  • File Size: 2870 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8QTVQ
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I too, am a fan of Johanna Lindsey and have noticed these past few years that the books being written have not been up to par with the earlier books. I have stopped rushing to buy the books on the first day released and this book was no exception. Except that I chose to read the reviews on it which gave me hope that this book was going to be at least better than the past ones so I went ahead and bought it.
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Unfortunately, I disagree with the reviews that claim this book has a better storyline. This book COULD have had a better storyline. The ground work was all set up for it to be great. But the book felt completely rushed and had a lot of plot holes in the storyline. First off, you have this assassin who is so amazing that he's never failed and he teaches Alana to think like one but they never considered that she would be doubted as the princess?? Especially when she was without proof? They also gave her all this training to defend herself...for nothing. Maybe this is just me, but I really did not like Alana, who I thought had the mindset of an adolescent girl. The falling in love was too rushed...just a couple of days. The big reveal at the end was almost comical just for the fact that they accused the person, one person said "Couldn't be!" and then the accused admits and explains why. Like it's that easy to get a confession.
And the most annoying part of the whole book is when Alana is finally introduced to the king and they finally know that she is his daughter...that within a day he's already selected a groom for her to marry and she meekly accepts it like the dutiful daughter?! That's ridiculous. And this is after he knows she's slept with the captain of his guard whom he trusts above all other people, especially to take care of his own daughter.
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I've read all of Johanna Lindsey's books at least once, some of them more than that, and her more recent releases have left me feeling disappointed in a more rushed style of writing that was not worthy of her other books. That being said this new book renewed my faith in her as a writer, even if, as another reviewer suggested, she is using a ghost writer now.

Alana has been gently reared in England by a man thought to be her uncle so it comes as a surprise to her when, upon her 18th birthday, her "uncle" informs her that he is an assassin that was hired to kill her as an infant but was unable to. In addition she is the sole heir to the throne in Lubinia and in order to stop a war there she must go back and assume her rightful place as the princess. Being naive, Alana thinks that the kingdom of Lubinia will believe her but since they have been confronted with imposter princesses since she left rather than meeting the king she is shown to the jail and only allowed to meet the head of the guards, Christoph Becker. Even though Christoph doesn't believe her he still vows to protect her since she seems to believe the lies and there is a lot of intrigue surrounding the disappearance of the real princess.

I liked all of the characters involved in this book but the way they were written just didn't seemed familiar to me when compared to Lindsey's other works. It had some hints of her book "Once a Princess" but not enough to make it seem like it was written by the same author. Christoph was a very handsome male hero which seems to be lacking in a lot of books of late. The only complaint I have is that the ending seemed a bit rushed and the conclusion of what happened when Alana was an infant was glossed over quite quickly in the last pages-especially when so much groundwork was laid to create an intriguing subplot. Overall I would recommend this book to those looking for a light, quick, read on an otherwise boring day, they won't be disappointed.
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I have been reading Johanna Lindsey for over 20 years. I still think she is one of the best romance writers out there, but over the past 10 years or so, the books have gotten shorter, more watered down with a lackluster energy, and I found myself bracing for a subpar novel every time I bought one, hoping against hope that something had changed. So imagine my surprise when THIS book started off so beautifully! Well-written characters, fleshed out plot line, and such a solid foundation laid before the love interest is even introduced! I was shockingly thrilled, which then made me wonder, why now? And as I read a few more pages, I realized the answer. JL is using a ghost writer. It doesn't read like her style, I'm sorry to say. However, the book itself is so good, I don't mind. It just makes me yearn though for her past novels at the height of her writing prowess. I miss that Johanna Lindsey. But if THIS is the replacement, I think I can live with it.
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Format: Hardcover
I remember being in high school and I spent my summer vacation reading every novel Johanna had written in chronological order according to copy write date. and I bought every book, on the day they were released, after that!

I picked this novel up and I had it read in six hours. The start I was amazed It was old school Johanna, "my heart all a flutter", & then it was like someone else tried to finish it, as quickly as they could, with bare minimum word quota. the Climax was sloppy and not very descriptive. No real proper punishment for the evil doer. It was like writing a mystery with little understanding of strategy.

Part of what I think some readers problems are, is the present day standards for identity. At the time this story takes place, a persons word had more value, than what it does in today's society.

But my biggest problem, was that the secondary character's were better written than the main characters. I wanted to know more about them. I think if the Climax hadn't been so rushed and so many things going on at once, and a couple more chapters establishing a more cognitive timeline I'd be giving this a five star! Instead I'm going to be saving my money for now, and waiting for paperback. While still hoping, and praying that I read a story which return's the magic of old school Johanna Lindsey!
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