Forced to flee Napoleon’s rampaging army on the continent, orphaned Alana Farmer and her eccentric guardian make a new home for themselves in London. There, Alana enjoys every privilege a daughter of the nobility could hope for, plus an education fit for a queen. Now, on the eve of her debut into London Society, she learns the shocking secret of her birthright. Can it be true? Is she really the lost princess of the European kingdom of Lubinia? Persuaded by her guardian to return to their homeland to quell a bloody revolt, Alana finds herself in an isolated, mountainous country whose customs strike her as medieval!
Withcontroversy and intrigue brewing around the beautiful newcomer, Christoph Becker, the captain of the palace guards, arrests Alana on suspicion that she is either a wily imposter or a seductive spy working for the shadowy figures determined to depose the king. No stranger himself to seduction, Christoph uses every means at his disposal to draw the truth from his alluring prisoner, even if he must lay his own life on the line to protect her from harm. Now, as a fiery
passion flares between Alana and the man who has wrongly imprisoned her, the fate of a nation rests in their hands and on their hearts.
I now Johanna Lindsey is one the biggest authors in the romance genre, but I never had the opportunity to read or listen to any of her novels, until now.
When I saw average and some low ratings for the printed book I almost didn’t buy it, but I decided to take a chance with the audiobook, and I’m glad I did because it definitely paid off. This was a truly entertaining historical romance with enough suspenseful twist and turns, action, witty dialogue and a big dose of intrigue that keeps you interested throughout the whole book.
Unable to kill Alana as a baby as he was hired to do, Poppie (Alana’s uncle) has raised her in England with the best education including the best fighting’s skills. Alana is a beautiful young lady with no worries in the world, until she’s informed of her true identity, and now she must go back to her country to prevent a civil war, but when she returns to Lubina, she’s suspected of being an impostor or a hired assassin and is imprisoned by Count Christoph Becker, captain of the Royal Guard. Christoph can’t believe Alana is the real princess, but the vigorous Alana has definitely gotten his attention.
Christoph and Alana are very likable-well developed characters; their romance develops under very poor circumstances, but when their passion flares it makes all the more interesting, and their sizzling chemistry is at its best.
The only minor complaint I have is that ending felt rushed, and a little anticlimactic, but I definitely recommend it to all historical romance fans that have never read Ms. Lindsey’s novels before, and I say this because in all the reviews I’ve read about this book it seems it has been perceived as not one of her best efforts, so the way I see it, it can only get better from here.
I just love the way Rosalyn Landor brings these novels to life; she’s a master at delivering the witty dialogue and making you experience the drama, and in this case the suspense in a very authentic manner, I truly enjoy her performances. I know, I know, her males voices sometimes are not the best…. Frankly, her male characters could use a deeper tone, but I will always give her a pass because her approach and timing are always flawless, she truly takes you away to this time in history, not to mention how the sensuality of these novels is always fully conveyed.
This is another case when a narrator’s interpretation takes a book to a higher level.