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Princes have pomp and glory—not crushes on commoners. Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, Princes have pomp and glory—not crushes on commoners. Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater interest in Eliza. With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart.


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Princes have pomp and glory—not crushes on commoners. Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, Princes have pomp and glory—not crushes on commoners. Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater interest in Eliza. With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart.

30 review for The Princess Plan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dash fan

    4 A Sweet Romance with a dash of Mystery and Intrigue. The Princess Plan is a wonderful sweet romance with a dash of mystery and intrigue. Prince Sebastian meets Eliza when he is investigating the murder of one of Prince Sebastian's close friend. Eliza is a Spinster, Daughter to a Judge and in reality is not a suitable Princess but Sebastian is very much taken aback by her. Eliza is a Strong, Independent Women who knows what she wants, and takes pleasure in making sure Sebastian knows his place. I 4☆ A Sweet Romance with a dash of Mystery and Intrigue. The Princess Plan is a wonderful sweet romance with a dash of mystery and intrigue. Prince Sebastian meets Eliza when he is investigating the murder of one of Prince Sebastian's close friend. Eliza is a Spinster, Daughter to a Judge and in reality is not a suitable Princess but Sebastian is very much taken aback by her. Eliza is a Strong, Independent Women who knows what she wants, and takes pleasure in making sure Sebastian knows his place. I loved the sarcasm between them and how the more Sebastian gets closer to Eliza the more he is endeared by her. But can she steal his heart and become the bride he needs or will he put his position as Prince first. I really liked that this wasn't solely an historical romance, the murder mystery element that brings the two together made a refreshing change and added a new dynamics. One thing that I wanted to point out was if you like rich in history and authenticity then this book may not hit the spot. Which to be honest didn't really bother me too much as i enjoyed the overall story. The romance aspect is not as steamy or passionate as I come to love with mills and boon books, but it was more of a slower paced feel which fitted the story. Overall an enjoyable romance that I would recommend reading if you want a slower paced romance mystery. Oh and I have to say the cover for The Princess Plan is stunning! Thank you to Mills and Boon Insiders for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. My Review is also on my Blog Website :- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2020/0...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    This was a fun and flirty royal romance with a splash of Mystery. I’ve read a couple books lately about Royals and I’m thinking I’m just fine being a commoner! I certainly wouldn’t want all these rules and restrictions, although they seem to have loosened up a little as of late. But I also wouldn’t want people all up in my business either. This was the story of Eliza A smart and sassy 20 something year old, and the daughter of a judge. Eliza was thrilled as can be just to meet a prince and was This was a fun and flirty royal romance with a splash of Mystery. I’ve read a couple books lately about Royals and I’m thinking I’m just fine being a commoner! I certainly wouldn’t want all these rules and restrictions, although they seem to have loosened up a little as of late. But I also wouldn’t want people all up in my business either. This was the story of Eliza A smart and sassy 20 something year old, and the daughter of a judge. Eliza was thrilled as can be just to meet a prince and was willing to go out of her way to do so when she was invited to a royal event. Sebastion is the prince of a made up nation and first in line to the throne of said nation. He is in England to meet a wife and cement a treaty agreement. This book was about two people who are unsuited for one another meeting and trying to ignore their strong attraction. I was thoroughly entertained by the story. Eliza was such a great character there was something about her that was so refreshing. Sebastion wasn’t too bad, and he definitely grew on me over the course of the book. Their connection was very sweet, there was some steam, but for the most part this was pretty closed door. The Mystery added another layer to this engaging story. The one thing I could see people being a little disappointed in is this is a historical romance and I don’t think the historical part was emphasize. I mean they wore corsets and drove in buggy’s, but other than that this probably could’ve been set in present day. Didn’t bother me, but I could see it not working for other people. This book in emojis 👑 🏰 📰 ✒️ *** Big thanks to HQN for my copy of this book ***

  3. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. Sadly this book was a DNF. About 60 percent in and couldn't continue. I did skim the rest with hope of possible improvement, sadly no. The romance was sadly lacking and the characters were flatline and one demential. And the historical prospective in this book felt more like a modern romance trying to be a historical. Eliza and Sebastian just were not very likable or believable with some of their actions and decision making ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. Sadly this book was a DNF. About 60 percent in and couldn't continue. I did skim the rest with hope of possible improvement, sadly no. The romance was sadly lacking and the characters were flatline and one demential. And the historical prospective in this book felt more like a modern romance trying to be a historical. Eliza and Sebastian just were not very likable or believable with some of their actions and decision making as well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com THE PRINCESS PLAN (A Royal Wedding #1) by Julia London is the first book in a new historical romance series. A Cinderella styled romance with a mystery subplot. Prince Sebastian of Alucia is in London to officially close a trade deal with England as well as secure a noble bride. The morning after a masked ball, the personal secretary and most trusted friend of the Prince is found murdered in his bed. Every tongue in London is Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com THE PRINCESS PLAN (A Royal Wedding #1) by Julia London is the first book in a new historical romance series. A Cinderella styled romance with a mystery subplot. Prince Sebastian of Alucia is in London to officially close a trade deal with England as well as secure a noble bride. The morning after a masked ball, the personal secretary and most trusted friend of the Prince is found murdered in his bed. Every tongue in London is wagging, but no one seems to know who is responsible. Prince Sebastian is told that a ladies’ gossip and fashion gazette has printed a rumor implicating a member of his entourage. He and his brother seek out the author. Eliza Tricklebank is a spinster firmly on the shelf after a scandal in her youth. She lives with and assists her blind father who is a judge on the Queen’s bench. With her widowed sister, Hollis and their best friend, Carolyn, the three produce the gazette the princes seek. Prince Sebastian does not know what to make of this commoner who has no regard to his status, but he is also intrigued. Sebastian finds Eliza frustrating, but also helpful in his quest. As they work together to uncover a killer, their attraction grows. As everything comes to a head, Sebastian will have to choose between his country or his heart. I enjoyed Sebastian and Eliza and their banter. I also enjoyed Eliza with her sister and friend as the three always supported each other. I did feel that this story had some problems with being in the historical genre and would have been better suited in a more modern setting. No matter how enlightened, I had to suspend historical belief on the way Eliza dealt with the Prince, also at a ball when Eliza ran into the man who caused her young scandal because he was with his pregnant wife, which in no way would happen; women stayed at home when pregnant. This is a fun, fluffy and fast read, but not my favorite by this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Loves Reading

    The Princess Plan pits a spinster mostly removed from society with a visiting Prince. It was an unlikely pairing, but for me, it rather worked. The reason their paths cross and tangle made sense. While it wasn’t perfect, I enjoyed the story and romance overall. Sebastian is in England to hopefully secure a trade deal for his troubled fictional nation. He is also on the search for an British bride to further strengthen that connection. Eliza the daughter of a blind judge who helps with his The Princess Plan pits a spinster mostly removed from society with a visiting Prince. It was an unlikely pairing, but for me, it rather worked. The reason their paths cross and tangle made sense. While it wasn’t perfect, I enjoyed the story and romance overall. Sebastian is in England to hopefully secure a trade deal for his troubled fictional nation. He is also on the search for an British bride to further strengthen that connection. Eliza the daughter of a blind judge who helps with his correspondence. She experienced an youthful indiscretion based on false promises that was a bit of a scandal, so she leads a mostly quiet life, with close companions in her widowed sister and aristocratic cousins. The Prince and Eliza meet anonymously at a masked ball. Eliza, who rarely attends such events, is having a “when in Rome” type of night — overindulging on rum punch and flirting with handsome strangers. Sebastian is having a more tedious night. His position means constant scrutiny and suspicion of most around him. When one of the few people that he trusts ends up murdered that night, his path crosses with Eliza’s again, when it turns out that she is unexpectedly well-situated to help investigate. Sebastian starts out as rather overbearing and self-centered, but I think that can be expected for a Prince who is heir to a throne. Eliza has a fair amount of freedom and does not feel the need to cater to a rude prince. They find common ground in their isolation and loneliness. This story was a slower pace, which suited me. It had character growth, and didn’t make light of the obstacles between the two leads. They live in the moment with no real hope for a future and the solution to give them a future is cleverly done. I seem to be a bit of a lone wolf among my friends in liking this one, but nevertheless I did. *Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to provide an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a D at AAR. I’ve read and enjoyed a number of Julia London’s books in the past, so I thought I’d give her latest title a try. The Princess Plan is billed as a mixture of mystery and romance, in which a visiting prince teams up with a lively spinster to solve a murder and falls in love along the way. It seemed as though it might be an enjoyable romp, but sadly wasn’t. The mystery wasn’t mysterious, the romantic development was non-existent, it wasn’t fun and it wasn’t a romp. I've given this a D at AAR. I’ve read and enjoyed a number of Julia London’s books in the past, so I thought I’d give her latest title a try.  The Princess Plan is billed as a mixture of mystery and romance, in which a visiting prince teams up with a lively spinster to solve a murder and falls in love along the way.  It seemed as though it might be an enjoyable romp, but sadly wasn’t.  The mystery wasn’t mysterious, the romantic development was non-existent, it wasn’t fun and it wasn’t a romp.  Unless you define a romp as pages of inane chatter and un-funny attempts at banter that seem to exist only as a way of padding out the page count. Miss Eliza Tricklebank is twenty-eight years of age, and a spinster who keeps house for her father, a Justice of the Queen’s Bench (who has recently lost his sight) and mends clocks to earn a little something on the side.  Her sister Hollis is a widow who inherited a publishing business from her late husband and now publishes Honeycutt’s Gazette of Fashion and Domesticity for Ladies, and her best friend Lady Caroline Hawke is a debutante (well, she’s described as such, but if she’s the same age as Hollis or Eliza then she’s quite an elderly debutante!), and together the three of them spend lots of time chattering about nothing in particular while also deciding what to put in the next edition of the Gazette.  Under discussion when the book opens, is the visit to London by a delegation from the small (fictional) country of Alucia, in London in order to negotiate a new trade agreement at the behest of its crown prince, who is rumoured to be in search of a bride. Caroline – who, we’re told, knows everybody in London - is able to secure invitations to the masked ball held in honour of the visit for herself and her friends, and it’s here that Eliza, quietly getting tipsy on the rum punch, makes the acquaintance of a gentleman she later realises is none other than Crown Prince Sebastian. You’re shocked, I can tell. Flirting and silliness ensure until Sebastian has to go to put in an appearance at the meet and greet portion of the evening, after which he finds himself a woman for the night.  This means Sebastian never does go to meet with his secretary and dear friend Matous, who had told him he needed to see him as a matter of urgency. And who turns up dead the next morning, his throat cut. Of course the proper authorities are informed, but Sebastian isn’t impressed with the way they seem to be handling things and decides to investigate the matter himself, much to the displeasure of his brother and the rest of his staff. And when, a day or so later, an accusation is levelled against a member of the delegation – printed in a lady’s gazette – Sebastian is furious and demands to speak with the author of such unsubstantiated rubbish. Thus do Eliza and Sebastian find themselves investigating the murder, but the mystery – and I use the term very loosely – is so incredibly weak that it’s impossible to invest in, and the identity of the villain(s) is telegraphed early on, so it’s obvious to everyone – except Sebastian it seems, who thus comes across as really dim. And when the mystery is solved, the reader is not present when the full extent of the plot is revealed and is merely told about it afterwards. The romantic relationship is equally lacklustre. There’s no emotional connection between Sebastian and Eliza, no build-up to their first kiss and absolutely no chemistry between them. The conflict in their romance is, of course, that Sebastian is royalty and Eliza is a commoner and thus ineligible to become his wife; plus he needs to marry a woman with pedigree and connections – and Eliza has neither. The solution to this dilemma is ridiculously convoluted and, unless corrections have been made to the ARC I read, doesn’t work. Sebastian’s solution is to find a way to make Eliza’s father a Baron, which will make her a Lady and thus an eligible bride. Er… no. The daughter of a Baron is not a Lady, she’s still a Miss (a Right Honourable). To be a Lady, Eliza’s father would have had to have been made an Earl at least. Seriously, this information is available widely on the internet and it took me ten seconds to find it. Eliza is obviously meant to be one of those ‘breath of fresh air’, quirky heroines who doesn’t abide by the rules. She points out, for instance, that while other young ladies must be accompanied by a maid when they go out, she goes wherever she likes on her own; she stood in the middle of London without fanfare all the time. Conversely, Sebastian is hemmed in by all sorts of rules and restrictions that accompany his position – he frequently bemoans the fact that he cannot go out alone, that he has very little privacy and so on and so on… so I had to wonder why free-spirited Eliza – who sees first hand just how restricted Sebastian’s life is – would want to subject herself to the same constraints. And Sebastian is… well, I finished the book less than an hour ago, and I can’t remember much about him at all. The Princess Plan doesn’t work as a mystery or a romance, and the plot –such as it is – is not substantial enough to fill a full-length novel. The characters are unmemorable, the pacing is sluggish and quite honestly, I was bored. As an alternative to The Princess Plan, might I suggest The Watching Paint Dry Plan, or The Watching Grass Grow Plan, either of which might afford a similar level of entertainment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    Usually love JL books but couldn't get into this at all. Sadly setting aside for now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    Can a prince find in an unsuitable English woman the perfect bride he is looking for. This is my first read by Julia London. I know, I so very know I have a lot of wonderful authors’ work to catch up, and I very slowly, too slowly try to eliminate the backlog but what I thought an easy task is getting harder and harder every passing day as each rise of the sun brings new writers to my knowledge. I do also know I’m no major in history nor English language ( far from that as I’m a self taught reader Can a prince find in an unsuitable English woman the perfect bride he is looking for. This is my first read by Julia London. I know, I so very know I have a lot of wonderful authors’ work to catch up, and I very slowly, too slowly try to eliminate the backlog but what I thought an easy task is getting harder and harder every passing day as each rise of the sun brings new writers to my knowledge. I do also know I’m no major in history nor English language ( far from that as I’m a self taught reader ), but I do felt it is kind of my duty to share the pleasure these writers partake with their long and hard crafted work. While reading The Princess Plan, I wondered at first what book I was reading, was it an historical romance as the country of the hero was created for the sole purpose of this book, but the more I avances in my reading, the more I decided it was a sleuth romance disguised in a historical. And whatever, I loved it. Just the first chapter, introducing the heroine and her friends through the “insight” of her blind father was like a delicacy, a taste of what was to come. Eliza is such an amazing woman, while she was ruined by a too trustful personality as a young woman, she rose from the ash of what has become her life and swore to never again fall prey of another. She also morphed in a woman who knows what she wants and won’t accept any bullying from anyone. I loved her boldness and straightforwardness, she speaks her mind and bends in front of nobody, even a crown prince. Sebastian Chartier, the prince of Alucia is in London as he seeks for a trade agreement to improve his country’s economy and he accepted also to fulfill his duties to the crown and find an English wife. What he didn’t expect was to be drawn by more unsuitable woman possible, she threw him out of her house, she told him no and she won’t accept his says simply because he is royalty, worst, she challenges him at every turn, she unsettled him and takes him out of his comfort range. It was so entertaining and joyful to see them interact with the other, together they take action, they do not shy away nor let miscommunication get between them, they agree voluntarily to what they have to expect from their relationship until it will be not enough or too much. The background plot was intriguing and the way they followed the leads was attractive and quite funny. Why I can only recommend this book to anyone who loves a bit of mystery with a dashing hero and a strong and clever heroine. A big 10 stars. I was provided an advance copy thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher Harlequin, I purchased my own copy and here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?stor...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Renaissance Kate

    This was a fun read that provided an interesting blend of historical romance and murder mystery. Some parts were overly silly, while others were deadly serious, making the tone of the story difficult to nail down. Julia London also created a couple fictional countries for plot purposes, and the worldbuilding wasn't as strong as it could've been to make them believable . However, I loved some of the character dynamics, especially the friendship between Eliza, Caro, and Hollis. The murderer was This was a fun read that provided an interesting blend of historical romance and murder mystery. Some parts were overly silly, while others were deadly serious, making the tone of the story difficult to nail down. Julia London also created a couple fictional countries for plot purposes, and the worldbuilding wasn't as strong as it could've been to make them believable . However, I loved some of the character dynamics, especially the friendship between Eliza, Caro, and Hollis. The murderer was easy to guess early on, but hey, I was mostly in it for the romance.

  10. 5 out of 5

    K.S. Marsden

    When his secretary and best friend is murdered, the Crown Prince of Alucia has to team up with the most unlikely ally. I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Prince Sebastian is in London to officially close a trade deal; and to unofficially find a wife amongst the eligible English ladies. The first part is his passion; the second is with greatest reluctance. Everything is thrown amiss when one of the Alucians is murdered. Not satisfied with the progress of the When his secretary and best friend is murdered, the Crown Prince of Alucia has to team up with the most unlikely ally. I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Prince Sebastian is in London to officially close a trade deal; and to unofficially find a wife amongst the eligible English ladies. The first part is his passion; the second is with greatest reluctance. Everything is thrown amiss when one of the Alucians is murdered. Not satisfied with the progress of the official investigation, Sebastian takes it upon himself to follow a lead that everyone else dismissed - a comment in a gossip gazette. Eliza is content with her life. She has embraced being a spinster, and the freedom it brings her. She looks after her blind father, and helps with his legal cases; fixes clocks as a hobby, and helps to run the gossip gazette that her sister owns. Everything is running smoothly, until an arrogant prince turns up and demands information on what she might have seen on the night his friend died. There were some enjoyable parts to this story. The relationship Eliza has with her sister, her best friend Caroline, and the house-staff is quite lovely. There is a lot of open banter and laughter amongst them. It was fun to watch Eliza give the same treatment to the Crown Prince who, naturally has never been spoken to in such a manner, and spends a lot of his time around Eliza completely flummoxed. I liked how the relationship between Eliza and Sebastian developed, they both know their friendship can't last and they are always telling themselves that they will have to say goodbye and that the prince will have to marry someone else. It made a nice change that this was accepted, and wasn't a cause for spite or arguments. The not-so-good... I didn't like our main characters. Eliza is supposed to be an independent, forward-thinking young woman, who has developed her own confidence after being ruined by scandal. I found her rude, blind to others, crude and inconsiderate. I got the feeling she was supposed to be a strong character, but she came across as very shallow. Sebastian is supposed to be an arrogant prince who always gets his way, and the author captures that beautifully. The problem is, he never improves, and I could not like him. The story wasn't too heavy on the romance, which I found quite a nice touch; but the background of the gossip gazette, the trade deal and the murder mystery were just that - a background. There were no details, beyond which were convenient for moving the plot forward. Eliza didn't seem like a gossip, and she was often lacking in society knowledge, so it was often jarring that she was involved in the gazette (and we never saw her working on it, or any information on what she contributed). The ending was a little underwhelming. The truth behind the murder is a decent enough plot, but it rattles along quickly, and is dismissed so they can break out the "Princess Plan". This felt tacked on at the end. Overall, it was kinda light and fun, but I'm in no rush to read the rest of the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    3.5 stars, rounded up. Miss Eliza Tricklebank lives a quiet life as a spinster, she fixes clocks, cares for her father who is blind and a justice for the Queen and she helps her sister with her woman’s gazette. It may not be the life she had dreamed of, but she is happy. When the opportunity arises to join her sister and their dear friend Lady Caroline Hawkes at a masquerade ball for the visiting crown prince of Alucia, she jumps at the chance. Sebastian Charles Chartier, the Crowned Prince of 3.5 stars, rounded up. Miss Eliza Tricklebank lives a quiet life as a spinster, she fixes clocks, cares for her father who is blind and a justice for the Queen and she helps her sister with her woman’s gazette. It may not be the life she had dreamed of, but she is happy. When the opportunity arises to join her sister and their dear friend Lady Caroline Hawkes at a masquerade ball for the visiting crown prince of Alucia, she jumps at the chance. Sebastian Charles Chartier, the Crowned Prince of Alucia is in England for two reasons, one to work out a trade deal that will help his countries economy in the event of a war with the neighboring country of Wesloria and to secure a noble English bride. But tonight, Sebastian is enjoying his anonymity and hopefully a tryst with a willing matron. He shares some rum punch in a passageway with a partygoer and then endures introductions, before finally slipping away for his tryst, on his way out his secretary Matous asks for a moment of his time, he asks it can wait and promises to meet with him in a few hours, a promise he doesn’t keep. When he returns to his rooms in the morning, he calls for Matous and learns the horrifying truth – Matous was murdered the night before. Guilt drives Sebastian to investigate the crime himself – much to his staff and his brother Leopold’s displeasure. When a story about the murder makes to the pages of the Honeycutt Gazette – nothing will stop Sebastian from tracking down the owner of the paper. Eliza enjoyed her time at the masked ball, she danced, drank too much rum punch and met the prince – twice – once in the passageway and then again when she moved in front of him and he stepped on her foot. She also noticed his secretary Matous and wonders what upset the man so much. She was saddened to learn of his death and shocked when a note is delivered to her father stating the killer is Alucian! But the real shock comes days later when Sebastian and his brother Leopold visit and demand to see her father. Eliza doesn’t care who they are, she will not wake her dad or tolerate his rude behavior and she kicks them out of her house. Sebastian is fuming about Eliza but knows that he needs to talk to her father, so he returns to her house and apologizes, Eliza tells him what she knows and they begin a friendship of sorts. She learns more information about the note that was sent and helps him meet the last man she say Matous talking to. Sebastian knows he has to choose a bride and that as a commoner, Eliza is not a possibility, but how he wishes she was! Things have escalated between them and he is in love, but they both know their time together is waning and heartbreak is unavoidable or is it? I really enjoyed this story, the writing is good, the story never drags, the characters are interesting and for the most part likable, the love scenes are warmish, there are laugh out loud moments, a bit of angst, a very well done mystery and a HEA. Almost perfect, but not quite. The hero engages in a tryst with a married woman after he means the heroine – I can’t like that, just about every single title in this book is wrong – the daughter of a Baron does not have the honorific of “Lady” and incorrect use of titles and formal address are my biggest pet peeve in historical romance and finally the solution for their HEA defies credibility and because of the incorrect assumption that a Baron’s daughter has a title, isn’t even a viable solution. But overall, I really liked the story and would happily recommend the book. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    3.5 stars This synopsis + Julia London = no way I was going to miss out on reading it. I really liked Eliza and Sebastian. She’s used to doing whatever she wants because she’s a spinster. He’s used to doing what’s expected of him because he’s the prince. Together they have open conversations and decent banter. I loved Eliza’s sister and their BFF and I’m sincerely hoping each of them will get a story. Plot wise, it was okay. The murder thread of the story didn’t really add much and in parts it 3.5 stars This synopsis + Julia London = no way I was going to miss out on reading it. I really liked Eliza and Sebastian. She’s used to doing whatever she wants because she’s a spinster. He’s used to doing what’s expected of him because he’s the prince. Together they have open conversations and decent banter. I loved Eliza’s sister and their BFF and I’m sincerely hoping each of them will get a story. Plot wise, it was okay. The murder thread of the story didn’t really add much and in parts it felt like an afterthought. Even though Eliza and Sebastian were together a lot, it still seemed like they didn’t know much about each other. I didn’t quite get the jump from intrigue to lust to love. Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable read with characters who were easy to root for. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series. **Huge thanks to HQN Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    DNF at around 50%. I hate giving up on books, especially this far in, but I’ve reached my limit with these characters. Someone with a greater patience level may enjoy the story (hence the 2 stars instead of 1), but you will need to suspend all disbelief to do so. The story has a promising beginning with a masquerade ball at which Eliza, a contented spinster, inadvertently runs into Prince Sebastian (of a fictitious European nation) while trying to escape an overzealous hostess. However, any DNF at around 50%. I hate giving up on books, especially this far in, but I’ve reached my limit with these characters. Someone with a greater patience level may enjoy the story (hence the 2 stars instead of 1), but you will need to suspend all disbelief to do so. The story has a promising beginning with a masquerade ball at which Eliza, a contented spinster, inadvertently runs into Prince Sebastian (of a fictitious European nation) while trying to escape an overzealous hostess. However, any chemistry the two had in their initial meeting disappears by the next scene and still hadn’t recovered up to the halfway mark where I gave up. (view spoiler)[ The prince also brushes off Eliza when she meets him again at the ball and leaves to go sleep with a random woman that he’s lusting after, which is a major narrative strike. (hide spoiler)] Eliza and Sebastian feel like completely different (and incredibly annoying) characters once the murder mystery is underway, and their actions and dialogue feel untethered from the time period. Sadly, the supporting characters didn’t save my interest, though there are some hints of future pairings that could be interesting. Review based on an ARC provided by the publisher at Book Con.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bookread2day

    My review on my website www.bookread2daywordpress.com What a beautiful new historical romance A Royal Wedding series, that has been inspired by the very real fairy tale with Meghan Markle married Prince Harry. The story of The Princess Plan is a romantic fantasy set in London in the Victorian era with a handsome prince that meets Eliza Tricklebank. The plot has a contemporary twist where the women are strong and outspoken, that perhaps women of today can relate too. The story is beautifully My review on my website www.bookread2daywordpress.com What a beautiful new historical romance A Royal Wedding series, that has been inspired by the very real fairy tale with Meghan Markle married Prince Harry. The story of The Princess Plan is a romantic fantasy set in London in the Victorian era with a handsome prince that meets Eliza Tricklebank. The plot has a contemporary twist where the women are strong and outspoken, that perhaps women of today can relate too. The story is beautifully planned as Eliza didn’t go looking for a prince. But after a murder , with gossip and snooping around a prince came looking for her. In London 1845 all of London want to get glimpse of Crown Prince Sebastian of Alucia during his highly anticipated visit. Eliza has the help of housemaid Poppy, who was more like part of the family than a servant. Eliza helped her sister prepare her gazette each week. Excitement filled Eliza as she had received an invitation to the Duke of Marlbrough’s masquerade ball in honour of the crown prince of Alucia. Kensington Palace was the place of a masquerade ball held in honour of the Alucian Court. Eliza couldn’t tell who was who as all men wore black and identical plain black masks just like the one she had. I could imagine the scene at the ball with glittering crystal chandeliers. And then Eliza found herself in a line to meet a prince. What more happens I would not like to be the one who spill the passion of love.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    Miss Eliza Tricklebank may be a spinster but she's content with her life caring for her blind father, a court justice, and helping her sister with the ladies' gazette she publishes. But when a foreign prince visits London and Eliza has the opportunity to attend a royal masquerade ball, she jumps at the chance. When the personal secretary, and close friend, of Prince Sebastian turns up murdered the next morning, Eliza and her father wind up in possession of an anonymous tip, which she and her Miss Eliza Tricklebank may be a spinster but she's content with her life caring for her blind father, a court justice, and helping her sister with the ladies' gazette she publishes. But when a foreign prince visits London and Eliza has the opportunity to attend a royal masquerade ball, she jumps at the chance. When the personal secretary, and close friend, of Prince Sebastian turns up murdered the next morning, Eliza and her father wind up in possession of an anonymous tip, which she and her sister surreptitiously publish in the gazette. Prince Sebastian is under pressure to secure trade agreements for his country and find a noble English bride, but he finds himself quite taken with the outspoken publisher of the gazette. Sebastian is intrigued by the fact that Eliza is not the least bit cowed by him and comes to value her advice and counsel about the murder he's determined to solve. When his friendship with Eliza begins to heat into something more serious, Sebastian must decide if he will continue to forsake his heart for the sake of his country. Warning! Spoilers ahead. (view spoiler)[This book has some issues for me. Firstly, the hero has a love scene, albeit off page, with another lady at the beginning of the book, and seeing the hero or heroine with someone else just doesn't typically work for me. Secondly, the plot was rather slow, especially the mystery part, and the culprit seemed obvious and like the characters should've realized this sooner if they were as intelligent as we're lead to believe they are. Also, the solution of making Eliza a lady by creating her father as a baron doesn't work because it would've made Eliza a mere miss. I can normally overlook issues with forms of address, though it is a pet peeve of mine, but this was a glaring issue in the plot. This also contributed to making the book feel more modern than historical; if there weren't references to Queen Victoria and carriage transport, it could've almost been a contemporary (hide spoiler)] . Overall, I did enjoy the story and found the declarations of love to be quite romantic, though I didn't much care for the main characters and despite the rather slow pacing. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shoshana G

    This did not work for me. I like historical fiction for similar reasons as fantasy - both let me get immersed in another world. However, I didn't like the ways this skirted the boundaries of historical fiction and went fantastical. I didn't like the made up country (which I have liked in other contexts, most notably A Brief History of Montmaray) and I didn't find the romance believable or compelling. Eliza's backstory was good, but the meet cute fell flat for me and I never bought any of the This did not work for me. I like historical fiction for similar reasons as fantasy - both let me get immersed in another world. However, I didn't like the ways this skirted the boundaries of historical fiction and went fantastical. I didn't like the made up country (which I have liked in other contexts, most notably A Brief History of Montmaray) and I didn't find the romance believable or compelling. Eliza's backstory was good, but the meet cute fell flat for me and I never bought any of the subsequent chemistry. All the characters felt more like archetypes than fully fleshed out people, and the mystery was dull and unsurprising.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This book was a fun read. I really enjoyed the character Eliza Tricklebank and seeing how she as a 'spinster' interacted with the prince and how it was completely differently than how everyone else interacted with him. It was fun to see the relationship grow and change between Eliza and Sebastian. Most historical romances I've read the main female character was actively trying to find a husband. This one was different since Eliza seemed quite content being a spinster, repairing clocks and taking This book was a fun read. I really enjoyed the character Eliza Tricklebank and seeing how she as a 'spinster' interacted with the prince and how it was completely differently than how everyone else interacted with him. It was fun to see the relationship grow and change between Eliza and Sebastian. Most historical romances I've read the main female character was actively trying to find a husband. This one was different since Eliza seemed quite content being a spinster, repairing clocks and taking care of her blind father. I had a hard time putting this book down. I look forward to reading more books in this series when they come out. #ThePrincessPlan #NetGalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Classic regency mystery and romance with a lovable heroine in Eliza Tricklebank. She is a practical and sassy like Lady Emily in Tasha Alexander's series. The mystery in this one seemed to stall a bit at times, but the resolution was very satisfying. Truly a fairy tale ending! Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara Archibald

    This book has a great story line that will keep readers on their toes wanting to figure out who killed the secretary and wanting to know if Sebastian follow his heart and do everything in his power to make Eliza his or will he walk away. This is definitely a pager turner!

  20. 4 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    My dear Ms. London, it has been too long. How could I have neglected reading you for the past few years? I confess I was enticed away with kinky shenanigans and the drudgery of a day job. This time away only makes the heart grow fonder. Starting this new series is a breath of fresh air. A definite page turner for me, I kept trying to guess the ending. Fair warning, this ending is a bit of a strength. Not quite a deus ex machina but a bit close. Set in the London high society, Eliza Tricklebank is My dear Ms. London, it has been too long. How could I have neglected reading you for the past few years? I confess I was enticed away with kinky shenanigans and the drudgery of a day job. This time away only makes the heart grow fonder. Starting this new series is a breath of fresh air. A definite page turner for me, I kept trying to guess the ending. Fair warning, this ending is a bit of a strength. Not quite a deus ex machina but a bit close. Set in the London high society, Eliza Tricklebank is a bit of a bluestocking. Her father is gainfully employed as a respectable judge. However, his health is failing as he ages. Still he does the best he can as a single father of two rather rascally daughters. Eliza and her sister work on a gossip rag, a precursor to "The Enquirer". Eliza is completely socially awkward. Not one to understand nor appreciate the societal niceties, she blunders through parties like a proverbial bull in a China shop. In one of her adventures, she is able to meet Prince Sebastian of Alucia, not once but twice. This allows her and her sister to provide some tasty morsels for their newsletter. Sebastian is a man with many responsibilities. He's trying to save his kingdom and bring it into the current times with advantageous trade agreements. Coming to London to find a wife as his father presses is the last thing he is interested in. I like Sebastian even if he sometimes expected to be treated with more reverence. This is expected, because he is heir apparent. When he encounters the completely irreverent Eliza, he is shocked and doesn't know how to respond. In fact, his responses and interactions with Eliza are humourous and balance the seriousness of his murdered friend and confidante. Eliza is best described as quirky. She is logical and does not care about too much of the niceties for proper social interaction. At times it is cringing to witness because as an adult, she should know better. And yet at the same time, it feels liberating because she's only saying and doing what the rest of the sheeple want to say and do. This does cause for a lack of suitability to be part of royalty. Basically, she comes across uncouth even if she is educated and sharp of wit. Luckily, she hits it off with Sebastian. This story is more than just a princess romance. There is a bit of a whodunnit feel as Eliza feels she can be an amateur sleuth. Her delusions make me feel sympathy for her father as it is amazing she isn't dead yet. The fact that she accidentally uncovers information and is able to assist Sebastian requires a suspense of disbelief. She's cute. The mystery/suspense of this tale helps makes this story more interesting. This historical romance is recommended to readers who love happily ever afters. *provided by NetGalley

  21. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    No planned princess here! I really enjoyed the Tricklebank household. The maid who sits and has tea with her mistress. The mistress who mends clocks, the father who knits, the houseman Ben who is definately not the butler--much to the shock of both the Princes when he refuses to take their hats. No wonder the Prince Sebastian is confused, what with the daughter of the house, Eliza, who is a somewhat outspoken spinster (I could just imagine the scene when she discovered years early at a dinner No planned princess here! I really enjoyed the Tricklebank household. The maid who sits and has tea with her mistress. The mistress who mends clocks, the father who knits, the houseman Ben who is definately not the butler--much to the shock of both the Princes when he refuses to take their hats. No wonder the Prince Sebastian is confused, what with the daughter of the house, Eliza, who is a somewhat outspoken spinster (I could just imagine the scene when she discovered years early at a dinner party that the rogue who'd been paying his addresses to her had become engaged to someone else), the widowed daughter Hollis, who has turned her husband's political paper into a gossip and advice rag, and Judge Tricklebank who's blind and obviously supports his daughters independence, mostly! So we have the very precious Prince Sebastian seeking trade alliances (and casting around for an English wife to sweeten the pot), a possible looming war, his murdered secretary and really a host of other happenings. Sebastian is a Prince of Consequence who is initially shocked by the outspoken Eliza. I must admit that sometimes the various tropes seem to crowd each other out. Is this a part Cinderella story combined with a murder mystery, along with a political thriller? Occasionally my thoughts flashed onto The Mouse that Roared when I thought of the Kingdom of Alucia surrounded by powerful nations. Although given the times and what is going on politically for the tiny Kingdom, I'm way off the mark and Alucia might be more akin to The Mouse that Sqeaked. One might have to suspend belief over various background details. Let's face it, this is romantic fiction with an emphasis on 'fiction', that puts together Victorian times, political maneuvering, murder and romance, with a generous dash of humor. Do all that and you have an enjoyable read. A Harlequin ARC via NetGalley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    The Princess Plan by Julia London is the First book in A Royal Wedding Series. This is the story of Prince Sebastian of Alucia and Eliza Tricklebank. Sebastian is intrigued when Eliza and her family may know what happened to his personal secretary ends up dead. Eliza is all about solving the mystery of what happen to the assistant. This brings her closer to Sebastian when they start working together toward solving the mystery. This was a good mystery romance book Although I did find Sebastian to The Princess Plan by Julia London is the First book in A Royal Wedding Series. This is the story of Prince Sebastian of Alucia and Eliza Tricklebank. Sebastian is intrigued when Eliza and her family may know what happened to his personal secretary ends up dead. Eliza is all about solving the mystery of what happen to the assistant. This brings her closer to Sebastian when they start working together toward solving the mystery. This was a good mystery romance book Although I did find Sebastian to not be to perfect in my perfect leading man selection. But overall I enjoyed this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    The Princess Plan is an incredibly charming historical romance with a murder mystery subplot. I picked this up while I was sick and it totally hit the spot! Eliza Tricklebank is a spinster and commoner who publishes a ladies gazette with the latest gossip. She cares for her blind father, repairs clocks as a hobby, has a scandal in her past, and no longer cares what anyone in society thinks. So when circumstances throw her in the path of a foreign prince, she is the first person not to bend over The Princess Plan is an incredibly charming historical romance with a murder mystery subplot. I picked this up while I was sick and it totally hit the spot! Eliza Tricklebank is a spinster and commoner who publishes a ladies gazette with the latest gossip. She cares for her blind father, repairs clocks as a hobby, has a scandal in her past, and no longer cares what anyone in society thinks. So when circumstances throw her in the path of a foreign prince, she is the first person not to bend over backwards for his every whim. Which, of course, he both hates and loves. Their interactions are gold, and I always love when a person with less privilege pushes back against a person with more privilege. Added to this, they are trying to solve the murder of Prince Sebastian's personal secretary, which occasionally leads to shenanigans. This includes Eliza's sister and best friend, so the girl posse is also fantastic. I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable slow burn romance with a couple of steamier scenes later in the book that really move the relationship forward. Highly recommend if you are looking for a fun comfort read. I received an advance copy of this book for review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This book has been a bit of a struggle.... there are two stands to this story. Firstly, Prince Sebastian has come to Victorian England to sort out a trade deal for his country. While visiting his Personal Secretary is murdered but no one knows why. He has also come to find a bride. The second story is about Prince Sebastian's friendship with Eliza Tricklebank - quirky, sassy, clock repairing daughter of a judge. Eliza and Sebastian both want to solve the murder and work together to do so. The This book has been a bit of a struggle.... there are two stands to this story. Firstly, Prince Sebastian has come to Victorian England to sort out a trade deal for his country. While visiting his Personal Secretary is murdered but no one knows why. He has also come to find a bride. The second story is about Prince Sebastian's friendship with Eliza Tricklebank - quirky, sassy, clock repairing daughter of a judge. Eliza and Sebastian both want to solve the murder and work together to do so. The feel of this book is a bit off.... it doesn't read like a historical romance. It has a modern feel about it. If there weren't frequent mentions of Queen Victoria I'm not sure I would have known what period of time this book was set in. It also doesn't seem to know what it wants to be.... the murder mystery runs through but is a real secondary plot - so secondary that as a reader I didn't feel I knew any of those involved and therefore had no real interest. Despite this I thought the culprit was really obvious which consequently makes all the chasing around a bit pointless and makes the characters seem a bit stupid. The relationship with Sebastian and Eliza lacks any real emotional warmth and connection. It started quite promising at a masquerade ball but then I couldn't decide whether he remembered her or not when he met her again. I don't think he did which also seemed a bit unlikely... I just didn't really connect with either of them and couldn't feel the angst caused by his lack of ability to marry Eliza because she is a commoner. The ultimate solution was also too convenient and I was annoyed he didn't think about it in the first place.... it just made him look a bit stupid.... again... when we are supposed to think him clever. There are some Americanisms in the language too - we don't have sidewalks in England, for example. This is an easy read, but it's not particularly compelling and consequently it was a bit of struggle to get finished. I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received via Edelweis for an honest review Now, I have had book friends telling me forever that I need to read Julia London books. Yeah, I reply, I will get there one day. Now after reading The Princess Plan, I am kicking myself for taking so long to start! The blurb of The Princess Plan drew me right in. I am a bit of a sucker for historical romances at the moment This book had a bit of a Darcy/Elizabeth, Austenesque vibe - with a bit of a murder/mystery thrown in for good measure. Yes, all ARC received via Edelweis for an honest review Now, I have had book friends telling me forever that I need to read Julia London books. Yeah, I reply, I will get there one day. Now after reading The Princess Plan, I am kicking myself for taking so long to start! The blurb of The Princess Plan drew me right in. I am a bit of a sucker for historical romances at the moment This book had a bit of a Darcy/Elizabeth, Austenesque vibe - with a bit of a murder/mystery thrown in for good measure. Yes, all believability is thrown out the window, but that is what we read fiction for, right? I liked that even though Eliza had been hard done by, she wasn't a whimpering, whiney woman about it. She knew where she stood, and ran with it. I adored her sister and and their friends Caro and Poppy. I am now headed off to Amazon to see what else to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Prince Sebastian of Alucia is in London to develop a trade deal and to also find an English bride who will be an advantage to his country. Eliza Tricklebank was betrayed by her lover years ago and has therefore become a spinster, writing a gossip column, fixing clocks, and caring for her blind judge father. The two characters are given only a superficial back story. I never came to care about either one. It's a stretch how the Prince and the spinster come together to solve the murder of his Prince Sebastian of Alucia is in London to develop a trade deal and to also find an English bride who will be an advantage to his country. Eliza Tricklebank was betrayed by her lover years ago and has therefore become a spinster, writing a gossip column, fixing clocks, and caring for her blind judge father. The two characters are given only a superficial back story. I never came to care about either one. It's a stretch how the Prince and the spinster come together to solve the murder of his secretary. With no other suspects, it's not hard for the reader to figure out the culprit. I admired Eliza for becoming a stronger person after being hurt in the past. At one point she observed how proud she was to be able to wander the shops and markets without a chaperone like other women must. Why then did she so want a life of complete restriction and no privacy with the Prince? He told her and she observed he was always under watch and never could expect privacy. In fact, he couldn't eat or drink until a guard sampled it first. The Prince finally invents a ridiculous way for Eliza to become acceptable enough for him to marry. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    OH MY! WHAT A GLORIOUS BOOK!! Eliza, the daughter of a judge and loves to repair clocks, attends a masquerade ball at Kensington Palace in honor of a visiting Prince from another country. His goal is to attain trading rights and acquire an English bride to seal the deal. From their first encounter things are memorable for her, but him, not so much, until they meet face to face and she becomes unforgettable. Murder, political negotiations and the pair trying to solve who done it, keep the book OH MY! WHAT A GLORIOUS BOOK!! Eliza, the daughter of a judge and loves to repair clocks, attends a masquerade ball at Kensington Palace in honor of a visiting Prince from another country. His goal is to attain trading rights and acquire an English bride to seal the deal. From their first encounter things are memorable for her, but him, not so much, until they meet face to face and she becomes unforgettable. Murder, political negotiations and the pair trying to solve who done it, keep the book moving. But it is the sparks between Prince Sebastian and Eliza that set a faster pace. Julia London has definitely scored extra points for this one. A free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carole Burant

    I finally had the chance to read this book and I must say I was a bit disappointed in it, it really went on much too long and the whole story just dragged for me. I did love Eliza's character, she was so perky and funny but I couldn't warm up to Sebastian's character. As for the murder mystery plot and Eliza helping Sebastian figure out who the murderer is, I also found that to drag on. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kari Marie

    The Princess Plan is a historical romance. I started out devouring this book. By 50% in I had to force myself to continue. The middle got a little boring. The prince lost his one and only best friend and all he can think about is some girl. This dude barely grieved. I give this book a sold 3 stars. The characters had some good moments in the beginning but by the middle it was boring. Thank you to NetGalley for the free copy. This is an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Honestmamreader

    Let me start with what Julia London herself wrote in the book about what inspired her to write The Princess Plan: "I am so excited to introduce a new historical series to you. A Royal Wedding series was inspired by the very real fairy tale we all saw unfold when Meghan Markle married Prince Harry. The fairytale of a prince and a commoner has endured as the ultimate romantic fantasy" Now, given what is happening currently with Harry and Meghan I couldn't have read this book at a more perfect time. Let me start with what Julia London herself wrote in the book about what inspired her to write The Princess Plan: "I am so excited to introduce a new historical series to you. A Royal Wedding series was inspired by the very real fairy tale we all saw unfold when Meghan Markle married Prince Harry. The fairytale of a prince and a commoner has endured as the ultimate romantic fantasy" Now, given what is happening currently with Harry and Meghan I couldn't have read this book at a more perfect time. The couple have decided to step down from the Royal Family and concentrate on themselves. Everyone has their own opinion on this. But, I'm not here to talk about them, so long as they are happy that is all that matters. So, Eliza Tricklebank is the 'commoner' in this story. I really liked Eliza, she was a strong female character who wasn't afraid to speak her mind. She may have found herself in some sticky situations because of this but this is what made her likeable. And, the bond she has with her sister Hollis and best friend Caroline is fantastic. When Prince Sebastian comes to town with his band of merry men, looking to settle a trade deal by marrying an English lady. This was very reminiscent of how the monarchy and rich people of yester-year would make dealings. Not for love but for convenience and money. However, we do see from early on that Sebastian isn't as enthralled as he should be about this arrangement. Despite being taught from an early age of how he should act, and his conditioning to become ruler. When Sebastian's closest confidante is murdered he wants to seek out the truth. Sebastian has little trust of people around him as it is, therefore this tragedy strikes him hard. Here we see a more vulnerable side to Sebastian which I found nice. It made his character more relatable and likeable. He was more human. I loved the relationship between Eliza and Sebastian. The way she spoke to him, as she would with anyone whom she met. She didn't care that he was royalty, she didn't take heed of any protocol. Sebastian is put on the back foot as he is not used to being talked to in such a manner. She even kicks him out of her house. But, what develops is truly wonderful. A fabulous tale of two people destined for each other, but they must overcome some major hurdles in their way.

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