Bantam, Nov 2001, 6,50, 341 pp.
Prince Michael proposes to Lady Rosamund Devere because he believes she would make THE PERFECT PRINCESS for his principality Kolnbourg especially with her being the daughter of an influential duke. After Michael's declaration, a weary Rosamund thinks she should have been a male so she could enjoy life like her brothers instead of putting up with loveless prattle. She delays the Prince as only an English aristocrat could do.
Rosamund enjoys performing compassionate deeds that help the less fortunate though her father Lord Romsey would have a fit if he knew how far she went to aid the poor. She accompanies her friend Callie Tracey on an errand at Newgate Prison. However, things go awry when, sentenced for execution for murder, former Colonel Richard Maitland escapes Newgate using Rosamund as a hostage. Though frightened by her situation, Rosamund tries to act bravely. However, she soon finds her abductor very attractive just as this lone wolf begins to fall in love with her. Is this a case of the Stockholm Syndrome or has Rosamund realized that her kidnapper is an honorable person wrongly accused? Regardless, both know no future exists between them as the militia wants Richard stopped even if it means killing him.
THE PERFECT PRINCESS is an exciting historical romantic suspense that never slows down until the final page is completed. The lead couple is an intrepid charming duo while the vile villain seems to pale in comparison to this delightful duet. Eighteenth century romance fans will find much satisfaction with Elizabeth Thornton's latest thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner