Hi everyone! Since it’s been a miserable day here in England, I thought I’d put being stuck indoors to good use and write my FIRST book review for this blog! I’ll admit I’m quite excited!
Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot
Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia and star of Meg Cabot’s insanely popular #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries books, has “penned” her first historical romance novel . . . with help from Meg Cabot.
He’s a tall, handsome knight with a secret. She’s an adventurous beauty with more than a few secrets of her own. Finnula needs money for her sister’s dowry, and fast. Hugo Fitzstephen, returning home to England from the Crusades with saddlebags of jewels, has money, and lots of it. What could be simpler than to kidnap him and hold him for ransom?
Well, for starters, Finnula could make the terrible mistake of falling in love with her hostage.
Princess Mia Thermopolis, Meg Cabot’s most beloved character, has always been an outspoken animal-rights activist and committed environmentalist. In keeping with Mia’s true spirit, Meg will be donating her advance to Greenpeace.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Ransom My Heart. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Meg Cabot, and The Princess Diaries was one of my favourite series as a teen. However, I wasn’t certain of how a book “written by” a fictional character [that being Mia Thermopolis] would work. Despite enjoying the snippets of this story in The Princess Diaries, it did seem like a strange concept and I did bear this in mind before picking up the book.
At the beginning of the novel, we are introduced to Finnula, a feisty redhead who is surprisingly good with a bow and arrow. Finnula needs money for her sister’s dowry and resorts to kidnapping a man in order to help her sister. Little does she know who this man really is…
Ransom My Heart is a fun and captivating book. Like many of Meg Cabot’s other books, Ransom My Heart made me giggle on several occasions. I also blushed at some of the more awkward scenes. Finnula and Hugo make an odd, but sweet, couple, and they were interesting to read about. I’m glad they stayed together regardless of Hugo’s true identity and the reservations of Finnula and her brother. At first glance, Ransom My Heart may seem like a light-hearted romance. However, there are a few adult scenes. I’d therefore recommend this book to fans of The Princess Diaries who are looking for something a little more mature.