#PublicationDay #Review ~ The Prince and the Pea by Denise Deegan @denisedeegan

I’m delighted to welcome Denise to the blog and wish her a very Happy Publication Day! This is a perfect coffee break book 🙂 xx

As heir to the throne, Prince Richard is expected to marry well, and his parents are adamant that only the finest princess will do. But is royal blood really more important than the spark of true love?

His father, the king, has devised his own test of true royalty, inviting the haughtiest heiress for miles around to spend a night at the castle, balanced atop a pile of mattresses concealing a single pea. But even though she passes the test, she is too outraged by sleep deprivation to stay beyond breakfast. Meanwhile Richard can’t stop thinking about Rosie O’Toole, the charming chambermaid who has taught him how to lay a fire and find true meaning in his life…

When Rosie is unfairly dismissed and disappears without a trace, Richard is determined to find her. He must bring her back to the castle and reinstate her at once. But as he grows more desperate, Richard realises that he is no longer searching for a chambermaid, but for his one true love.

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About the Author

Denise Deegan writes stories for readers of all ages. She lives with her family in Dublin, where she regularly dreams of sunshine, a life without cooking, and her novels being made into movies. She has a master’s degree in public relations and has been a college lecturer, nurse, china restorer, pharmaceutical sales rep, public relations executive and entrepreneur. Her favourite story of all time is a fairy tale: ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde.

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My Review

Firstly I would like to thank Denise for bringing this story to my attention. If you loved a good fairy tale when you were younger then this is an ideal follow on in the ‘grown-up’ world.

Absolutely ideal to sit with a cup of coffee and let your imagination work wonders for 5 minutes. The Prince and the Pea may only be a short story but it speaks volumes about finding oneself, makes you think what is important and perhaps think about others a little more.

Yes, there is a royal family, the king wants Prince Richard to marry a highly suitable princess. A plan has been devised involving a pea under the mattress, how the chosen young ladies react to this test will determine whether they are deemed appropriate for marriage.

But one day Prince Richard opens his eyes to the world and starts wondering about the meaning of life. Strangely he confides in his maid and a sweet routine follows whereby he looks forward to chatting while she does her daily chores.

She is banished from the household when their friendship is discovered and Richard suddenly realises he needs to find her. But Rosie has disappeared. 

I really liked the way Rosie interacted with Richard and watching his mind expand beyond the normal expectations. A lovely little book that can be enjoyed by all. It’s fun but has a deeper serious side and I finished it with a smile. Highly recommended.

Thanks to Netgalley and Denise for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

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