My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: A ROYAL REGENCY ROMANCE
Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.
Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on a journey to England, it is for one purpose: to petition the British navy for aid. But when he becomes acquainted with the lovely Lady Aribella, he cannot deny their powerful connection. Amid the intrigues and schemes within the walls of the palace, Layton and Aribella know a future together is impossible—but torn between loyalty and love, will they risk everything to follow their hearts?
My thoughts: Oh my goodness! A Foreign Crown was a fun book to read. I loved that the book was based primarily in the royal court before the Regency of Prince George became King. I was fascinated with the intrigue and the illness of King George III.
I really liked Lady Aribella. She was a down to earth lady and was kind to everyone, including the servants. She was put in a hard position as a lady-in-waiting to the Queen. But somehow, she remained an example of grace and integrity.
Prince Layton was also a man of honor. He worked hard to help his country and wrangle his way through the social structure of the Royal Court of England. I loved the banter and the attraction that he and Aribella shared. With the setting, they had to be careful to not cause some sort of scandal or political faux pas. It was interesting to see how they were able to circumvent expectations while remaining true to each other.
This is the first book in a series and I can't wait to see what Jen Geigle Johnson will come up with next!
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.
Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference.