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Review and Giveaway: Hand-Me-Down Princess by Carol Moncado November 16, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:17 pm
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hand Me Down Princess
CANDID Publications (August 31, 2015)
Carol Moncado


When she’s not writing about her imaginary friends, Carol Moncado is hanging out with her husband, four kids, and a dog who weighs less than most hard cover books. She prefers watching NCIS to just about anything, except maybe watching Castle, or Girl Meets World with her kids. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not watching her kids – and the dog – race around her big backyard in Southwest Missouri, she’s teaching American Government at a local community college. She’s a founding member and President of MozArks ACFW, category coordinator for First Impressions, blogger at InspyRomance, and represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency.


Prince Malachi Van Renssalaer of Mevendia is getting married. The problem? He’s never even met his bride. His father arranged everything, right down to the marriage contract. Malachi swears to himself that he will be nothing like his father in the ways that count – including his fidelity to his wife.

Jessabelle Keller would happily spend her entire life in obscurity, but her father once saved the life of a future king. Before he dies, her father is committed to seeing that king make good on his promise to have one of his sons marry her so she would be taken care of for life.

No sooner than Prince Malachi and Jessabelle return from their honeymoon, they find themselves dealing with both private trauma and the very public drama of groundless accusations from the press. Just as they begin to weave their fragile trust back together, a ghost from the king’s past arrives and threatens everything they’ve ever held dear.

Secrets have a funny way of coming out and this one could rip the faith of the country in their leaders to shreds. Malachi is determined to protect Jessabelle no matter what it takes, but will it ever be enough for her to not feel like a Hand-Me-Down Princess?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hand Me Down Princess, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Wow. I totally adored this story. It reminded me a lot of some of Rachel Hauck’s princess stories.

The whole concept of this plot I found intriguing and was hooked from the beginning.

Malachi is wonderful and very patient. Honestly, I wondered when or if he would ever grow impatient with Jessabelle because I would have.

I felt bad for Jessabelle, but there were times I wanted to tell her to suck it up and make the best of her situation and embrace this wonderful man who is trying to help her. But she is shy person and that obviously has an effect on how she will handle everything that is taking place around her.

Also, you just knew something bad was going to happen to try to tear any trust away from these two and I cringed as I waited to see what would happen.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Carol did a wonderful job ending every chapter with a bit of a cliff-hanger, which you don’t often see in romance novels, but she made me want to keep reading late into the night. I highly recommend this one.

Visit Carol here. 

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by November 30th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review. 


15 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Hand-Me-Down Princess by Carol Moncado”

  1. Karen Spiegel Says:

    Wow, this does sound good. Would love to win this book. Thank you.

  2. Melanie Backus Says:

    Sounds like a winner to me!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  3. tlrosado Says:

    I have enjoyed Carol’s monarchy books and have been looking forward to this bride series. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it. I have the first in the series, but haven’t read it yet.


  4. Stella Potts Says:

    This sounds like a really good book. Would love to read it. spotts06 at comcast dot net

  5. Loraine N. Says:

    Carol is a new-to-me author so I would be interested in reading this book. I like the premise of the arranged marriage. Is this a modern day version? Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

  6. Pam K. Says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of this book. It has a lovely cover and it sounds like I’d really enjoy reading it. Thanks for the chance to win Hand Me Down Princess.

  7. Judy Says:

    Yay, NCIS! 🙂 Had to say it. Adding the book to my wish list.

  8. pattymh2000 Says:

    Sounds good, I think we all have a bit of a fascination with Royalty!

  9. Karen Hadley Says:

    What a beautiful cover and title! I haven’t read any of her books and this one sounds like the kind I enjoy.

  10. Beth Says:

    This looks like a book I would really enjoy. The cover and book title are both beautiful!

  11. lib1lady Says:

    Our church library readers love Rachel Hauck’s books and I know they will love Carol’s book too.
    Janet E.

  12. Merry Z Says:

    There is something wonderful about being swept into a royal story, The Hand Me Down Princess sounds terrific!

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