Author: Debbie Viguié.
Published: February 23rd 2010.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Sort: Stand-alone, but part of the ‘Once upon a time’ series.
When a storm brings the dashing Prince Richard to her family's farm, Violet falls in love at first sight. Richard also gives Violet his heart, but he knows his marriage is destined to be an affair of state, not of passion. For the king and queen have devised a contest to determine who will win their son's hand in marriage. To be reunited with her prince, Violet must compete against princesses from across the land. It will take all of her wits - and a little help from an unexpected source - if Violet is to demonstrate the depth of her character and become Richard's bride.
That’s when Violet finds out that her parents aren’t her real parents. She might be from Royal Blood and the King and Queen allow her to participate until they know more. The tests made me smile. They are fun and the whole idea of “the princess must win the prince” was great.
Violet is such a wonderful girl. She has a nice personality and she grew up as a farm girl, so she isn’t arrogant like some of the other princesses. She is witty and she will do anything to get what she wants: a marriage with her true love. But will she pass the tests and is she truly a princess?
You will have to find out for yourself! This is the first retelling I read about the ‘Princess and the pea’. I always liked this story when I was younger and I wished more authors used these less popular stories. If you are a fairytale fan, I definitely recommend this book.