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Next up in my Belle's Book Club: Summer 2013 series I'm sharing - Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot

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Synopsis (via Goodreads

He's a tall, handsome knight with a secret. She's an adventurous beauty with more than a few secrets of her own. Finnula needs money for her sister's dowry, and fast. Hugo Fitzstephen, returning home to England from the Crusades with saddlebags of jewels, has money, and lots of it. What could be simpler than to kidnap him and hold him for ransom?

Well, for starters, Finnula could make the terrible mistake of falling in love with her hostage.

My Thoughts

First off can I start by say - wow - just wow! I seriously was so utterly absorbed in this story that I just couldn't get enough - I was reading it in every spare moment I had!

Now, when I was younger I loved Meg Cabot's books - I think she is an amazing author - the first of which being the Princess Diaries series (couldn't get enough of it to be honest!), and when I saw that the pen name for this book was Mia Thermopalis I knew I had to read it! Although, to be honest, I don't really think that it needed to be Mia - I would have read it without it being Mia and it just being Cabot. Plus, this book definitely isn't for younger readers so I'm not entirely sure if associating it with the Princess Diaries is the best way to go - maybe it was just because I read the Princess Diaries series when I was younger than the intended audience was - but anyhow, that's irrelevant.

I feel like I don't read enough period novels so I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was a period piece - I thought that the language was really appropriate for the time but wasn't confusing or unmanageable for the reader - no confusing Shakespeare here!

What really had me super engaged from the very beginning was the characterisation - Hugo and Finn had me from the very start. I loved how Finn was portrayed as like a female Robin Hood (I'm a massive Robin Hood fan, so the fact that this book was set in the time of the Crusades was a bonus!) poaching from the rich to feed the poor whilst the Lord of the Manor was away fighting in the Crusades and the man running his estates for him was basically pants. 

Having written that I am seeing the startling similarity to the Robin Hood story (on the TV series - which is amazing by the way, give it a watch if you haven't already!) - maybe that's why I was so obsessed! 

I loved how Finn was such a strong female character, especially in that time - it was definitely refreshing to read about a women going round standing up for what she felt was right despite going against the social expectations of a woman. 

But, I have to say that it was Hugo that I fell for. Reading about how he just fell for Finn immediately was just so cute!

Their love story and how one had fallen for the other but the other didn't realise that they had really had me hooked. I found myself so engaged and just willing them both to realise what was going on and hurry up and get together because it was so obvious that they were perfect for each other!

I also really liked the plot of this book - it wasn't your typical plain sailing love story - there were some defintiely unexpected twists - especially Finn's secret! 

My only issue with this book was that it is a standalone - I'm gutted that it isn't a series! I fell so hard for the characters that I'm sad that I wont be able to read more about them! That being said, I wouldn't hesitate to re-read this book again to re-vist the characters again!


I would highly highly reccommend this book!

Would you read this book? 

aHm xoxo

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