Pippa of Lauramore by Shari L. Tapscott – a Review
Princess Pippa of Lauramore is about to turn eighteen, and in honor of the great occasion, her father King Ewan invites thirty princes and lords from kingdoms near and far to compete for Pippa’s hand in marriage.
Arrogant Prince Lionel of Vernow is expected to win the competition handily, but spunky princess Pippa refuses to marry such a pompous man without a fight. When she spies Galinor, the dark-haired, blue-eyed prince of Glendon, she sets out to make him hers—convincing him to join her on a midnight ride away from the festivities.
When King Ewan catches Pippa, he orders her to spend twelve days of confinement in the castle, but she refuses to be contained while her fate is decided without her. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend Archer, master archer of the kingdom, they make a pact to do everything in their power to ensure Galinor’s victory in the marriage games.
But as the games progress and the stakes get higher and higher, Pippa and Archer are forced to not only confront marauding bandits, angry dragons, and King Ewan’s wrath, but also the growing attraction between them…
Pippa of Lauramore, is book one in The Eldentimber Series by Shari Tapscott. This is a story that fairy tales are made from. Our story opens with a celebration of birth for the coming of age Princess Pippa of Lauramore. Princess Pippa has just turned eighteen, and her father King Ewan has invited thirty eligible Princes to compete in a tournament. The winner of the tournament will receive Pippa’s hand in marriage. Her family is keen on one such prince – Prince Lionel of Vernow. But Pippa does not see him the same as her family does. In the midst of the festivities she knows that she must find the one Prince that is right for her. There must be one that can and will defeat Prince Lionel for her hand in marriage. As the guests toast to her eighteenth birthday, Pippa notices the one man that she thinks may just be able to save her. He is tall, dark and handsome. He has eyes as blue as a cloudless sky and the face that any artist would love to paint. His name is Prince Galinor of Glendon. From the moment they lock eyes Pippa is smitten. Pippa has decided she wants to leave the festivities and show her new Prince an amazing place. Just as they are about to leave, the kingdoms Master Archer finds them. He instructs Pippa that it is not a wise idea to leave the castle walls. But Pippa begs him not to tell her father that she is leaving the castle walls alone with a man. Reluctantly and at Pippa’s urging Archer agrees. But soon her father finds out and Pippa is punished to her quarters for twelve days. Punishment means she will miss most of the tournaments festivities and the chance to help her true prince win… Or will she.
Pippa soon devises a plan to help her Prince Galinor win the tournament. She enlists the help of the one man that has always stood by her side, her longtime friend and mentor, Archer. But the more Archer helps her, the more torn she becomes about the one she has chosen to be her prince. Her heart begins to realize that the man she may seek quite possibly is the one that has always been there for her. But they both know that a mere archer can not marry a princess, and so the tournament continues. Will true love win out or will she be destined to live a life with a prince she does not wish to marry?
Prince Lionel is a cocky, arrogant, brooding prince of man. He is the character that you will love to hate. From page one I despised him. And my feelings towards him did not improve at all throughout the story. His demeanor is completely off putting and you truly want to see him come to a horrible fate. Pippa is a young woman, strong willed, witty and headstrong. She thinks she knows exactly what she wants and does anything in her power to achieve it. Her character is real and authentic and exactly the type of woman you would want as a friend or for your children to look up to. She is not afraid to speak her mind in a time when that was unheard of. Prince Galinor is valiant, handsome and strong. He is the “prince” fairy tales are written about. He is the one you want to win the heart of young Pippa. And the one you want to know even more about. I fell completely head over heels for this young prince. That is until Archer sauntered (reluctantly) into the picture. Archer will win you over and leave you begging for more. And in an amazing and beautiful journey he may just become the true prince Pippa is looking for.
Will Pippa find the prince of her dreams? Will she end up having to marry the insufferable Prince Lionel? Will her father allow her to have a marriage based on true love and not the one decided upon by a tournament? This book is a must read if you want to find out. This journey is new and fresh, the twists and turns are palpable.
The authors writing places you right into the story – it pulls you in and holds you there. From the main characters to the sub-characters – you want to know it all. You want the backstory and the future story all at the same time. This is not your everyday foo foo fairytale – this Princess knows how to go about getting exactly what she wants and she can hold her own with the best of them. But be warned – this book contains magic – and any young girl (or old girl) will get lost in its pages and lose all track of time. I absolutely loved this story from page 1 to the end. Finished it in one day! It is full of royal regality and reverence. It places you right in the mix of the tournament and the turmoil. From kings to princesses, from fairies to dragons it is a pure mix of magic and magnetism. Did I mention the dragons! Swoon! This is one that I will buy a hard copy of and pass on to my daughter as a true treasure to hold for generations. And I can barely contain my excitement that this series will continue – as I will continue to follow Mrs Tapscott!
Reviewed by Erin
Copy provided by Author