DATE PUBLISHED: 01st May 2004
MaryJanice Davidson creates an alternate contemporary world nearly identical to ours in which Russia never sold the Alaskan territory to the United States. Instead, Alaska has won its independence and established itself as a constitutional monarchy…and now, the King of Alaska badly needs a bride for his son and heir… The country of Alaska is as forbidding as it is beautiful. And the royal family is as rough-around-the-edges as they are coolly civilized. Other royal families may find them shocking, but after all, in this wilderness kingdom, being a crack shot and expert trapper is just as important as knowing your salad fork from your dessert fork. Unfortunately, when the rest of the royals find you mildly savage, marrying off your royal brood can be a royal pain. King Alexander II is desperate. Why, he’d settle for any girl. A commoner. An American, even! Stranded tourist Christina Krabbe is American, and a commoner, but she has zero interest in enduring a royal wedding, producing royal heirs, and becoming Queen of Alaska…until she gets a good look at Prince David. He may be a bit unruly–actually, the words untamed and slightly dangerous come to mind–but Christina’s no delicate flower herself. And when His Highness discovers Christina can give as good as she gets, he’s Prince Charmed, if not quite charming. But can a wild man Prince and a modern American girl make a life together? And will the palace still be standing when the dust clears?
This is really a charming little novel. It’s an alternate history novel, where the only big change is that Alaska is its own seperate country, not connected to the United States. Alaska is ruled by a particularly quirky monarchy. When an American girl enters the royal family there is nothing but hilarious times ahead.
All the characters here had their own quirky charm. From the King, Al, who enjoys fishing has a fun sense of humour and disguises himself to go fishing. To Prince David who has a PhD in Marine Biology and a fascination for Penguins. The other royal siblings are without their quirks too. Christina brings with her a dry sense of humour and an unshakable determination to be herself, even if she does become Queen.
The relationship between Christina and David develops through the book and slowly builds. This makes for an interesting read with a slow build romance that was thoroughly enjoyable.
Overall, a funny royal romance with some dry, snarky humour. The characters were fun and the character development believable. The plot had drama, love and family with great pacing.
Keep Calm and Read On,