The Book I Read This Week? The Runaway Princess by Christina Dodd

The feature imagine is the courtesy of Avon Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishing. I just took the picture of the book.

The Runaway Princess is wonderous for a book to read. I have to say I enjoyed it so much I read the whole book in one day. I didn’t want to put it down. My hubby had to finish dinner because I was so caught up in this book.

You might be wondering why I am telling you about a romance novel?

Well, that is because every once in awhile, it is good to read outside of one’s genre. It gives you a different point of view that broadens your imagination. Not to mention, it keeps things on the spicy side of life.

It starts with a mystery as to who this woman is as she walks into a restaurant. Everyone looks to her as if she was of the nobility. She holds the air about her as she walks through the dining area. She enjoys the adventure she is on. Until she’s told, she has an admirer, this news rocks her world, running scared to hid behind a close door. Only to be tricked into opening the door by someone she trusts.

There is a man, seeing the person she trusted had betrayed her. He pushes his way inside her room. Thinking all the while, this man is the danger, when a bomb comes flying into her room. The dangerous man is now protecting her. With everything, she owned in her life gone due to the bomb that exploded in her room. Her life being in danger, she has no other choice but to trust this man.

As they run for their lives, with his two brothers, it becomes apparent that one, if not both are a traitor serving the man that is trying to kill them who is the last brother. All the while, the woman is trying her best to get free. Though she as no idea where to go or how she will support herself.

Finally, she gets free only to fall into the hands of the last brother. Being held hostage by several men, she worries what fate has in store for her. The brother comes to rescue her to be captured themselves. Relying on her wits to keep her alive, burnt, and scorched, she able to save them all from the clutches of danger.

Going their separate ways, she takes another opportunity to escape the man’s grasp. Only to have her own heart do her in missing him so much she goes to the city where she knows he will be.

Getting into the city, she learns more about herself from the folks within. Seeing the brothers knowing one or both or a traitor, she has to dodge then take flight. One fast on her heels stuck in an alley with him not far behind, she beats on the doors hoping someone hears.

Her prays to get answered. She’s able to go into a garden, safe from the brother. To learn more about what seems to be her destiny, or is it a twist of faith, someone put into play. Either way, it works on her; she gives in knowing she is in love with the man. Choosing to stand by him no matter what the cost is. She only prays everything works out, and they don’t meet their death.

I have only highlighted some of the good parts there are many more, don’t miss out reading this book. I have to say it is one of the best books where the female is smart. Smarter than the men giver her credit for, which she proves many times leaving them in awe.

Princess, Book #1 is an Avon Books Historical Romance, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. You won’t want to miss reading at

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Book Review – The Falconer’s Apprentice

Can you imagine working with a bird-like this at a young age?

First, I want to say this book is great for all to read; it is especially outstanding for a young adult who is starting to figure out life as they come into their own. It is a great way to relax, curl up with a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa — let the journey begin.  

This story about a young man named Andreas, he has been allowed to live within the castle walls, to get an education as well as to be Falconer’s Apprentice. As he works in the mews with these falcons, he learns to love them without regard to the consequences for him or others.

The treatment Andreas receives from the higher-up’s kids within the castle walls is becoming unbearable. It’s only a matter of time before he loses his cool — thus, possibly ensuring dismissal from the castle, if not his death sentence.

Andreas decides it’s time with the death sentence hanging over a young peregrine falcon, as well as his own trailing not far behind. He takes matters into his own hands. Stows away in a colorful wagon, being his means to get out of the castle with his newfound friend Adela — praying they don’t get caught.

Upon Andreas being discovered by a trader who is the owner of the wagon, there a turn of events. Andreas is shocked he will now be traveling within the countryside of Germany. He will learn more than just falconry from Richard the tradesman and his daughter Gemma, but a whole new way of life. There is a secret to be learned which intrigues the young man.

Along Andreas’ travels, he makes new friends. Who helps him grow within as he learns to be more self-confident as well as the understanding of what family and friendship could mean in one’s own life.

You wouldn’t think this book is a historical fiction, so don’t let that verbiage deter you by that fact. This book may have the setting of the 13th Century, but the writing is far from it, with its crisp, clear, easy-to-read narrative that makes fore a very smooth reading.

This book sucked me in; I started it per the request of doing a review for this book from Henry Roi, PR Manager of Odyssey Books. I have to say I am very grateful I got this opportunity to read such a fantastic story. Interesting how the author Malve von Hassell took a young apprentice. Into a situation; where he could meet not only with a King Enzio but with the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II von Hohenstaufen.

The author of this story did some intense research about this timeframe, plus as to the people within this period. I think it helped greatly that she was born in Italy. Along with the fact that she lived in Belgium as well as Germany during her childhood, which exposed her to the knowledge of the area within this story.

This is also available on Barnes & Noble.

Now living in the United States, Malve has written several more books please feel free to check her out at