The Prince and I

Written by Karen Hawkins
Review by Francesca Pelaccia

Set in 19th-century Scotland during what appears to be the time of the Napoleonic Wars, The Prince and I is the second installment of the Oxenburg Princes series and a twist on the tale of Robin Hood. Spirited Murian MacDonald has been robbed of a husband and castle and forced into the woods with widows, children, and a few elderly men. To draw out Loudan, the new lord of Rowallen Castle, and his army in order to get into the castle and find the much-needed journal that proves the new lord killed her husband and took the castle as his right, she and her merry band of widows and elders stop his guests at gunpoint—or what appears to be at gunpoint. But instead of robbing them, they ask for donations of food and money. One night, however, Murian and her troupe stop the wrong coach, that of Prince Gregori Maksim Romanovin of Oxenburg (known as Max) and his Romany grandmother, who has also been wronged and robbed by Loudan. Once Max locates Murian in the forest and hears her story, he resolves to help her.

This novel is a fun and spirited romance that focuses on Murian and Max, and their budding love. It has everything a good romance needs—warmth, humour, sensuality and of course heartache, but is balanced with a convincing plot, entertaining secondary characters, genuine complications that tug at the heart, and the happily-ever-after ending that eventually leaves the reader well-satisfied.