Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Prince and The Pea - A Gently Humorous Fairy Tale Retelling by @DeniseDeegan #Review

TITLE - The Prince and The Pea

AUTHOR - Denise Deegan

PUBLICATION DATE - 10th October 2017

GENRE - Fantasy

PAGES - 26 - Quick Read

SYNOPSIS - As heir to the throne, Prince Richard is expected to marry well, and his parents are adamant that only the finest princess will do. But is royal blood really more important than the spark of true love?

His father, the king, has devised his own test of true royalty, inviting the haughtiest heiress for miles around to spend a night at the castle, balanced atop a pile of mattresses concealing a single pea. But even though she passes the test, she is too outraged by sleep deprivation to stay beyond breakfast. Meanwhile Richard can’t stop thinking about Rosie O’Toole, the charming chambermaid who has taught him how to lay a fire and find true meaning in his life…

When Rosie is unfairly dismissed and disappears without a trace, Richard is determined to find her. He must bring her back to the castle and reinstate her at once. But as he grows more desperate, Richard realises that he is no longer searching for a chambermaid, but for his one true love.


This is a quick read and as such my review will be short for fear of giving anything away. 

I vaguely remember reading a book of the Princess and The Pea by Hans Christian Anderson so wasn't sure what to expect from this short book. I enjoyed it as it was written with humour and warmth. It is a similar tale in a way to the book by Anderson, but with a twist and more humour. For a short book it is very descriptive and full of content. 

A nice little read for all ages. 


Denise Deegan lives in Dublin with her family where she regularly dreams of sunshine, a life without cooking and her novels being made into movies.

Denise has been a nurse, a china restorer, a pharmaceutical sales rep, a public relations

officer, an entrepreneur and a college lecturer. Her most difficult job was being a checkout girl, although ultimately this experience did inspire a short story…

Denise writes for both adults and teenagers. Her novels have been published by Penguin, Random House, Hachette and Lake Union Publishing. Writing under the pen name Aimee Alexander, Denise’s contemporary family dramas have become international best-sellers on Kindle.

Denise’s most recent novel, Through the Barricades, won the SCBWI Spark Award 2016.

Her writing for Young Adults includes the much-loved contemporary trilogy, The Butterfly Novels: And By The Way, And For Your Information and And Actually.

Denise writes women’s fiction as Aimee Alexander including Pause to Rewind, The Accidental Life of Greg Millar and All We Have Lost.

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Also check out her Butterfly Series