Runaway Princesses

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Barghash later lost the battle for the throne and was exiled to India. Salme was allowed to stay, but for her disloyalty, she was given the collective cold shoulder.

With her family turned against her, Salme found a friend among the foreigners in Stone Town. Rudolph Heinrich Ruete lived opposite her townhouse and from her balcony, she could catch glimpses of him and his European guests. Soon, they would arrange secret meetings in the countryside. Once in Aden, Salme waited for Ruete — and during the nine months it took him to wrap up his work, she gave birth to their first son. Although Sultan Majid tasked the local elite with convincing her to return home, Salme was steadfast in her decision to stay with Ruete.

When he finally arrived in , Salme converted to Christianity and the couple married.

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They took off for Europe that same day. She arrived in Hamburg as Emily Ruete, a year-old Arabian princess who had to conform to her new identity as a lady of the German upper class. In letters to her sister, she described how she stayed away from pork and how the church made her anxious.

When her husband died in a tram accident just three years later, Salme was forced to navigate German society on her own. Desperate to provide for her three children, she began to offer private lessons in Swahili and Arabic, and in her quiet hours, she would write about her life as a princess in Zanzibar. What started as long letters intended for her children later became the first published memoirs by an Arab woman.

In her memoirs, Salme confronted the rationale that colonization was a humanitarian act of civilizing the peoples of Africa and the Middle East. In her later years, Salme found a home in Beirut, which offered her room for both her European and Arabian identities. Despite several attempts at recovering her inheritance, her appeals were consistently rejected by the Zanzibar court. In , she passed away in Jena, Germany, and her ashes were buried next to her husband in Hamburg. But surprise surprise - Leo turns out to be a real prince from a small European country called Nirona.

It's a little bit pretentious turning down a great guy just because he is a prince, especially if everything about him feels You feel right. You smell right. When I'm with you, it's like I'm at home, even here in London, where I never thought I'd properly be happy. I don't know what it is, but I could talk to you forever and never run out of things to say.

And I could never get tired of looking at you. How much are you willing to sacrifice for love? Is justified causing discomfort to your family just so you could be happy? Where is a boundary between improving and losing yourself? In this cute and quirky novel camouflaging as contemporary chick lit Hester Browne ask these and a lot of other important questions.

If you have ever envied Disney princesses on their hot and royal mates or wished you were lucky as Kate Middleton and caught a prince - Hester Browne will make you question that decision. If you want to know reasons why you should not date or God forbid marry a prince and you like chick lit novels with quirky characters and English humor, then The Runaway Princess might be the book you are looking for.

My rating: 4 stars Disclaimer: I was given a free eBook by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review.

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This text is also posted on my blog Bookworm Dreams in a little bit more styled edition. Jun 13, Lauricia Dawn rated it liked it.

This was a very cute book. I loved Amy and Jo, their relationship was adorable. Simply for the writing style, which I really did enjoy, I would definitely pick up more books by this author. Jun 22, Sally S rated it it was amazing. I've been looking for a good royal romance for ages and this is most definitely it. The heroine and narrator Amy is a down to earth Yorkshire gardener with a very funny internal monologue. Her friends and family are complex and well drawn, the central relationship doesn't ignore the problems that would come with a millionaire Prince falling in love with a working class girl, it's genuinely funny and surprising yes even with that spoiler title.

I just loved this. It neatly sidestepped all the I've been looking for a good royal romance for ages and this is most definitely it. It neatly sidestepped all the cliches I was expecting and kept me hooked throughout. I'd have liked to see more about either Leo and Amy or about Amy reconciling her past and her present. I started this book right before my last final and had a hard time putting it down thank God the final was open note and I basically started the book when study time was over. This book was simply a breath of fresh air. Yeah, it was predictable and it was ridiculously fluffy, but I really enjoyed it.

Maybe it's because I love any book with princesses in it-you can blame Meg Cabot for that one folks. Also, I was sort of obsessed with the royal wedding a few years back as well.

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To be honest, when I was a kid I always imagined myself marrying a prince I was six years-old, okay. And reading these books sort of bring me back to that first memory when I told my mom I wanted to be the queen of England when I grew up. Of course, that didn't happen. Though in Amy Wilde's case it sort of did.

She fell in love with a prince. A real bonafide prince. And she wasn't even prince hunting and yes, there are some honest bonafide prince hunters out there.

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Honestly, I feel like the best thing about this book was Amy and Leo's relationship. They are so cute together and they really work as a couple. I feel like the best part of the book happened during their courtship.

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However, once they ended up getting engaged Leo's role diminished and he was merely mind candy. I didn't like this. It was like he lacked a backbone. His sister, who is a horrible witch, essentially got what she wanted in the end. And yeah, I guess it was better for Amy, but I really think that she and Leo could've worked things out even if But let's just say the ending was sort of a bummer.

I think it's partially because the whole resolution of the plot seemed extremely rushed. Not only with the Amy and Leo relationship but with the side plot concerning Amy's sister. That aside, I really enjoyed the book. The characters were great and I really did get caught up in the story. It's not the deepest book I've ever read, but it has a lot going for it. I love books about princesses. I love Browne's whole take on royalty.

Worst Feature: The last thirty pages. Honestly, I didn't like the way this book wrapped up. It just seemed so quickly and I felt like some characters got a happier ending than they deserved cough, Sophia and Kelly, cough. Appropriateness: This is an adult book, but it's pretty mild. There's some language and some partying, but that's about it.