Carol Moncado’s Good Enough for a Princess, the first book in her The Monarchies of Belles Montagnes series, tells the story of Adeline, the Crown Princess of Montevaro. After a chance meeting resulting from a car accident, Addie falls for Charlie, a down-to-earth single father and man of God. However, the demands of her royal position stand between the Princess and her unlikely suitor, who remains unaware of the woman’s royal heritage. The book also details Charlie’s struggles as a single father. He longs to give his daughter a stable, two-parent home. Each element blends together to form a cohesive, engaging tale of romance and faith, garnering it a positive response within the Christian book review community.
One of the strongest points of the novel is its confident, self-assured protagonist. Adeline is an ideal role model for Christian women. Rather than exalt herself for her status as a princess, Addie seeks to live a humble life, and only uses her royal status to help others, rather than as a tool for self-advancement. Charlie is an equally positive role model for Christian men. His feelings for Adeline never cause him to compromise his desire to be an attentive father and Godly man.
Additionally, the book manages to tell these character’s stories in a very real way. While they strive towards perfection, Charlie and Adeline never feel fake; instead,they have vulnerabilities that resonate with the reader. There’s nothing less engaging than overly perfect protagonists, but both Charlie and Addie feel like real people, with struggles and flaws any Christian can relate to. Because of that, the author succeeds in providing realistic role models. Throughout the narrative, Moncado successfully weaves an overarching message: that God always has a plan and, if we look for it, can see his hand moving in our lives.
Another strong point of the novel is that it manages to make a clean story very exciting. Typically, romance novels are wrought with immorality and an excessive focus on the more lurid details. Thanks to its roots in Christian morality, Good Enough is able to tell a romance story that also has plenty of interesting twists and turns, along with thoughtful character struggles and development. Charlie’s struggles as a single father are given the same level of importance as the romance between him and Adeline. Readers get their romantic, fairy-tale story, but the book offers a good deal more than that.
In short, Good Enough for a Princess grabs readers’ attention with:
- A convincing, well-researched setting
- Positive role models
- A beautiful message about God’s plan
- Sharp, witty dialogue
Readers may find themselves distracted by:
- inattentive proofreading, leaving numerous typos
- Somewhat slow pace
- Part of a series, so some character stories aren’t resolved
From a Christian book review perspective, Good Enough for a Princess is an all-around winner. It weaves an engaging romantic story with likable, faith-affirming characters, and delivers a positive message about the power of prayer and the direct part God plays in the lives of Christians.