Title: Ransom My Heart
Author: Mia Thermopolis
with the help of 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.
★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!
Quite an interesting book, a little different from those Princess Diaries that I’ve recently read, with Princess Mia talking and writing on her journal. This time, Ransom My Heart was being narrated by a third person and it was done OK.
Ransom My Heart is about Fair Finn, the youngest among seven siblings, the boyish among the brood. Finnula Crais was born into a really big family but her parents soon passed away. At least, however, she had an older brother who was old enough to raise the rest of the family.
Most of her sisters were married or were planning to have a family, meaning they wanted to have more children. But most of them didn’t have enough money, like Mellana, who was somewhat dim-witted. She begged Finnula to hold ransom on a guy. Finnula, the ever reliable and compassionate sister, soon captured a guy named Hugo Fitzstephen and held him ransom. But instead of holding him captive, she started to fall in love with him. Which was bad because that wasn’t supposed to happen.
Sooner in the story, Finnula and Hugo learned things about each other, good things and shocking news that they can’t fully take all in. Finn, Hugo discovered, was very different from any typical girl, although she looked every bit a girl and had all the skill to be a girl. The only thing that was special about Finn was that she was great with the bow and arrows. Her aim was always perfect and she never missed.
I actually liked the ending of the story, it had me smiling until I went to bed. Of course, this was a Meg Cabot book, so I really had fun reading it, even though this isn’t YA. Ransom My Heart is more mature, more family oriented, more risky and deadly.
Princess Mia and Finnula are two very different ladies, but they had one thing in common. They were both extremely amusing!
Okay, as we all know, this book was really written by Meg Cabot and not Princess Mia. So let’s give the floor to Meg.
Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg’s nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming.” She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.
Meg’s first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, “Royal Wedding”, will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, “From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess”. “Remembrance”, a new book in the Mediator series will be available in February of 2016.
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