Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Book Review: The Prince's Stubborn Bride by Devika Fernando

I have gone a bit wayward with this series of Royal Romance by Devika Fernando. I had started with 1 and went to 3 and then grabbed 2. Thankfully, the stories are not connected and I didn't face any loopholes. 

The story of The Prince's Stubborn Wife is a story of second chances. When Princes Olivia loses her husband to a freak accident, she is responsible for the kingdom he had left behind. Prince Sebastian, Olivia's brother-in-law, has no interest whatsoever in being a ruler. But the people of the kingdom are stuck in the age-old mindset of not having a woman ruler. Fighting against their dogmatic ideologies, her passion for Sebastian and a certain sect of people who are hell bent to remove her from the throne, Olivia is certainly not a princess I can envy. 

How she battles against political and traditional issues makes this story a wonderful read. Compared to the other books, I found this book the best in the series. It has the right amount of pathos, revenge, romance, and passion. 

The scenes are well-etched and what I loved the most is the way the author has created an imaginary kingdom is commendable. I felt I was a part of that place and in a royal romance that is something beautiful. 

There are many layers to this story - with romance the author has mixed a huge dose of feminism. From the queen mother of Olivia to Olivia refusing to step down from the throne just to please some male ego, made me root for her. Olivia is a much stronger character than Sebastian. His is quieter - like a pillar of strength.  He compliments Olivia's boldness with his quiet strength. 

A Quote from The Book:

But surely you do not truly think such a letter weighs heavier than the law? A law laid down by my ancestors and dealing with one of the most critical matters imaginable?

The First Line of the book:

“I am not getting married.” 

Olivia’s startled voice rang loudly in the silence, and she cringed. Yes, yes, princesses weren’t supposed to raise their voices and blurt out the first thing on their minds—but how could she not react like that when she’d been asked to marry again? And asked so nonchalantly, as if it was as simple as a walk down the beach or consent to an interview?!

My Recommendation:

A definite read for all romance authors.

Author of the Book:

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds - something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet and sensual, deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust.

What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, Devika is a faithful servant to all the cats and dogs she has adopted. When she's not writing, she's reading or thinking about writing.

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At October 17, 2018 at 7:58 PM , Blogger Devika Fernando said...

Thanks so much for this honest and detailed review, Rubina. I appreciate it even more as it comes from a fellow author.

At October 17, 2018 at 11:39 PM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...

I loved this book by Devika Fernando too. I think it's her best so far <3

At October 19, 2018 at 1:56 AM , Blogger Nithya said...

It is a wonderful story, kept me hooked. Thanks for writing it Devika.

At October 25, 2018 at 6:11 AM , Anonymous Mariyam said...

Sounds like a good read. I love reading such stories :)

At October 26, 2018 at 8:23 PM , Blogger Devika Fernando said...

Coming from you, that is HUGE praise. Thank you, Sundari.

At October 26, 2018 at 8:23 PM , Blogger Devika Fernando said...

Thank YOU for your support!

At October 26, 2018 at 8:24 PM , Blogger Devika Fernando said...

I'm a fan of them too, which is why I enjoyed writing this series. I hope you'll give it a try. Book 1 (The Prince's Special Bride) is currently free. This is Book 2, and it can be read as a stand-alone.


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