Book Review & Playlist: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.

Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation. 

Release Date: December 19, 2017

Around the holidays I tend to be more susceptible to a love story than I am on a normal average day, so when Hyperion sent me a copy of this book, I couldn’t resist.

This book is equal parts E! network and Jane Austen, via Bridget Jones’s Diary and I enjoyed every single page. It was a relaxing, albeit freezing, Southern December Sunday when I picked this book up…and finished it in that same exact spot. Strohm’s storytelling was lighthearted and fun, full of literary references that pleased this English Major, but not too many to make the Darcy character unlikeable or cold.  In fact, I think Strohm made Jamie the character I wish Darcy had been all along.  Although, that would have made Pride and Prejudice an entirely different narrative.

As someone with a sister, and a sister whom I love but don’t always agree, I really enjoyed the dynamic between Dusty and Dylan. It’s hard to capture that kind of sisterly relationship in words, and I think Strohm did an amazing job. I also adored the musical inspiration behind their names, because I am a sucker for classic music and obviously so was their mother.

I also came out of this novel knowing a lot more about Scottish culture than I ever thought I’d know, and so I’m officially skeptical of Haggis and all it is made of. Although, I do appreciate the Robert Burns celebration, as I am a sucker for his “A Red, Red Rose” poem.

Overall this book was delightfully written and I could have read two more books of Jamie and Dylan’s banter.

Instead I leave you with my 4 Bard rating and the playlist I created especially to celebrate this novel. Be sure to give it a listen, I chose my personal favorite Dylan song to represent Dylan. Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gift Cards: What We Recommend

So you got a gift card this holiday season and are wonder what you should buy with it?  These are our (Jessica and Missy’s) picks on what everyone should have on their bookshelves!

19063  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    This is a must have and must read… (Especially since the movie just came out this past November) I could read this book over and over again, and since I bought the book I can read it whenever I need a good dose of reality or a good cry.

 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte   6185

    Not a book just to read for class anymore.  This timeless novel has a pretty amazing tragic love story between the two main characters, which includes quotes from the main characters like: “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Give it a un-educational read, I swear you won’t regret it.

 

 

3   The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

 Feeling like you need a little magic in your life?  Pick up any of the 7 books and get your fill.  After you have read the books once you can pick up any book and jump on the knight bus and  journey back to Hogwarts and leave your muggle life behind.

 

 

Splintered by A.G. Howard12558285

    And here everyone thought I would put Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland on this list. (to be honest, I’m fighting NOT putting it on here), but Howard’s reimagining of Carroll’s tale is unique, beautifully constructed, and full of colorful descriptions and images. In a word: Amazing. Plus, you can read this one just in time for the sequel, Unhinged, to arrive in stores.

 

 

5899779Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Now I know what you are thinking… really?  Zombies added to this classic book how is this better than the original?  Well for people who never really got into Jane Austen and Emily Bronte novels this is way better.  It has Zombies!  They are fighting Zombies!  It is so fun to read.  Trust me.

Jessica’s Opinion: Read the original first.  You can fall in love with Darcy organically just like Lizzie.  Plus, Pemberley is no place for zombies. *And you can be bored to tears. Missy’s interjection. I wasn’t bored at all with it!

An eReader

    I still prefer a book to an eReader but there is no denying the convenience of having 1000s of books at your fingertips.  And its pretty lightweight so storing it in your purse is a breeze.  Most eReaders also have the capability to download books from your local library for free, and who doesn’t like free books!

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