Sunday, March 20, 2022

IN SEARCH OF A PRINCE by Toni Shiloh, Reviewed by Rebecca and Paula

"You are Brielle Eden Adebayo, daughter of Prince Naade Tayo Adebayo, and heir to the throne of Oloro Ile."

She's who??? To say that Brielle Adebayo is stunned to learn of her true heritage is a massive understatement; even more shocking is the fact that her mother kept something this monumental a secret for so many years. Brielle woke up one morning as an ordinary middle school teacher and finished her day as the princess of an entire African kingdom. Who does that? It appears that Brielle and her best friend Iris have a road trip on their horizon . . . or in actuality, an international flight.

Meeting her grandfather for the first time, Brielle is both humbled and saddened; sad because the king's health is failing so quickly, and humbled because his fragility puts Brielle in the precarious position of fast tracking her decision on whether or not to accept or reject the throne. Would the royal council even consider approving an American woman who does not even speak their language yet or know anything about their culture? And then . . . there is the matter of an historic edit requiring Brielle to marry before assuming the thrown. God help her!

Admittedly, the story seemed so much like a modern day fairy tale that eventually I realized that of course, it was. Thankfully a mighty river of rich spiritual depth flows underneath the "boy meets girl", and the "happily ever after" elements of this entertaining novel. Every decision is preceded by prayer and each person is treated with kindness and respect even when it was hard. And mistakes? Not easily forgotten, but genuinely forgiven. And friendship? What a gift.

Drum roll please . . . then along comes a most unexpected blessing, just who a princess-want-to-be needs, but not necessarily what the traditional royals deem appropriate. However, there is this, " . . . I do believe I love you more than ice cream".
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5 stars
Every little girl dreams of being a princess. But Brielle Bayo cannot believe it is really her! With much to learn and many decisions to make, including picking a prince to marry, Bri puts her trust in God to lead her. “As long as you keep Him in the forefront, He will reveal His Will. Then you will be able to face anything that comes your way.”

Ms. Shiloh has brought the fictional Oloro Ile to life in this stunning novel. She has conjured a beautiful island off the coast of Africa as a totally believable place. I could almost see the sights and smell the market of spices and the flowers in the garden. The characters are fleshed out with a swoony hero, a supportive best friend and a heroine who is both beautiful and capable of meeting the demands set before her.

The author addresses the issues of faith, family, class and women in power or in business in a natural and satisfying way, as obstacles are put in Bri’s way.

I am looking forward to going back to this enchanting small kingdom to see what happens to best friend Iris.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and BPH Open Book. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
5 stars and a solid faith thread 




BackCover Blurb:
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?
Bethany House Publishers, February, 2022 
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