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Friday, December 19, 2008

Affaire Royale

****½ Affaire Royale by Nora Roberts. Contemporary romance. Re-read.

This is the first in the series about the royal family of the fictional country of Cordina.

Of course, Affaire Royale is a total cheesy cliche--it's about a princess with amnesia. But if you can accept that, it's a very sweet book.

I thought Nora did a great job of describing Gabriella's state of mind, not knowing who she was, and the pressure she felt from her family's emotions. She could tell that they loved her and were hurt by the inability to remember them, and she hated hurting them, but there was nothing she could do about it. It made a lot of emotional sense to me, as did the fact that she felt more comfortable around Reeve, who was a relative stranger, than she did around her family.

I thought it also made sense that she was worried about what kind of person she was--if she would like herself, and if she wasn't just a shallow socialite.

The suspense part wasn't all that suspenseful--I knew whodunit from the moment they were introduced, but that's okay--it wasn't really the focus of the story.

I recommend it. It's a quick, feel-good read.

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