Toni Shiloh whisks the reader away to a tropical isle off the coast of western Africa in her fairy-tale-reminiscent adventure In Search of a Prince. Filled with plenty of interesting culture, colorful and engaging characters, and well-researched background, this story intrigued me from the first look at the gorgeous cover. Brielle Adebayo is a courageous, competent, and likeable heroine whose life is thrown into a tailspin when she discovers she’s the heir to a kingdom of an African island. In order to become queen when her ailing grandfather passes away, she must find a suitable prince to marry.
It’s apparent that Shiloh put a lot of thought into the culture, language, and people of her fictional country. I enjoyed the author’s note in the back of the book explaining how she came up with her story. I also enjoyed the spirituality and theme of trusting in God to guide your life. I’m excited to see what this talented author comes up with in the future.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
It seems like a dream come true . . . until it forces her to question everything.
Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha's Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops a bombshell--Brielle is really a princess in the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, off the coast of Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, the king, is failing.
Distraught by all the secrets her mother kept, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before her coronation, or the crown will pass to another. Brielle is uncertain if she even wants the throne, and with her world totally shaken, where will she find the courage to take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring?