Feature book: The Secret Prince
As Australians, we know the love story of Mary of Tasmania and Frederick of Denmark. But recently there has been another Australian woman who has met her prince and gets to live a happy-ever-after in a palace.
Madeline (Maddie) Lawson needs the scoop. She is on her second or third career, depending upon how you count them. She wants to be taken seriously as a journalist and finding the prince from Amorea will make her into a household name. It is in the local pub that she meets Alex and they talk about many things, including playboy princes, and leave the noisy pub to go to the beach. A photo of them kissing goes viral.
Willem Alexander Raphael Davros of Amorea (Alex) is taking time to find himself after his position in the army became untenable with the death of his older brother. He has chosen Australia to be as far away from Amorea as possible as he is trying to work through how he feels about suddenly becoming the crown prince of Amorea and the betrayal of his girlfriend. He doesn’t believe in grand gestures. It is when the photo goes viral that Alex returns home.
Alex then finds his parents have invited Maddie to Amorea to do an intimate profile on the royal family on the 25th anniversary of the current prince, his father. Alex is determined to show Maddie a sanitised version of the country and his role after she expressed that a crown prince is usually a playboy.
The story then takes the reader through how Alex shows Maddie that he is not the playboy she envisages and she gets it. What Maddie also does is to pry Alex’s secrets from him, especially how torn he is about his brother’s death and the role of his own girlfriend. Alex is able to let go of the anger.
This story does have the familiar beginning with the couple meeting in a pub and from what we know, this is where the similarities end and this book develops into its own story of the prince and the commoner. It is a good read and would make the reader continue to believe that a commoner can marry into royalty.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author’s publicist.