Monday, April 12, 2021

Review of The Anti-Cinderella by Tawdra Kandle


How many girls can say their first kiss was with a prince in the British royal family?

I was fourteen and he was sixteen, and yes, it was magical. But that kiss didn't exactly change my life. To tell you the truth, I didn't even think about it-or Nicky Windsor-for the next ten years . . . until fate, in the guise of my grandparents, brought us back together again.

Now everything has spun out of control. I'm ducking reporters and photographers when I try to leave home. My friends act as if I'm someone they don't know anymore. The whole world seems to be watching me, wanting to see some kind of modern Cinderella story.

But trust me, I'm no man's princess. I'm more comfortable in tennis shoes than in a tiara, more likely to rock a bucket than a ball gown, and more liable to fall on my face than to pull off a graceful wave.

The only thing that keeps me from running away and hiding is Nicky. He's all I've ever wanted in a man: hot, hunky and head-over-heels in love with me. I think I feel the same way. I think I want to be with him forever.

But the idea of life with the royal family terrifies me. Even if I have found my one and only, can I handle what comes after our happy ending?

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**My thoughts**
I have lost track of how many times I have read this book, because it is my all-time favorite book by Tawdra Kandle. It came out around the time that Harry and Meghan announced their engagement. I picked it up to reread the other morning, only to later read the announcement that Prince Philip had passed in his sleep. It seemed meant to be to be revisiting this world. And then I realized I had never posted a review. Shame on me!

This is the first in a set of three books about an American girl named Kyra (pronounced k-eye-rah] Duncan and her childhood summertime beach playmate Nicky Windsor. The rest of the world knows him as Prince Nicholas.

The beauty of childhood is that royalty and celebrity don't mean much. What is more important is who can build the better sandcastle, chasing the waves, and eating ice cream cones, all while trading barbs, having fun, and creating those beautiful memories of friendship. Of course, after 10 years, children grow up and boys and girls see each other in a different light. Royal life doesn't necessarily get in the way for most of us who had these friends, but even general life can. So I think a lot of us can relate to the nostalgia.

Fast forward 10 more years and now Kyra and Kicky are grown. Though their worlds are vastly different, they have still pursued similar goals in their respective careers. This, plus an attraction that never really went away, sets the stage for a transcontinental romance that is based on more than just physical attraction, but is guaranteed to make you swoon.

A relationship with a royal [or any celebrity] is not going to be easy. Every aspect of your life is now on display. But the right match can make it all worth it.

Dubbing Kyra as the Anti-Cinderella is perfect, because nowadays, I don't think many woman really want that kind of a fairytale that we grew up with in the older princesses. Kyra is strong, determined, and real. That is why Nicky falls in love with her. That's why when you read this, you want her to be your best friend. And Nicky is amazingly down-to-earth and wonderful.

Many of us have had some kind of a celebrity romance fantasy at one point, royal or otherwise. This light story captures the pros and cons of such, without losing focus on the romance. That's why I have read it so many times. I hope you will enjoy it.

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