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19 January 2012 / getrus

The Ordinary Princess — M. M. Kaye

Having just remembered and found a copy of one of my favorite books from when I was a kid.  I decided you all needed to know about it.  The Ordinary Princess is about, well, a princess, who is born in to a family of all girls who are perfect and beautiful.  They never cried as children and were always respectful.  They all have long golden hair and are named after precious stones.  When Princess Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne is born she looks to be the same as her six sisters. And the comes the christening.  Everyone is invited, including fairies.  They give her gifts of grace and obedience, and of being ordinary.  And so it comes to be that the youngest princess is not perfect like here sisters, but has mousy brown hair, freckles, and would rather run around outside than sit and embroider.

Amy (short for Amethyst) watches as her sisters are each married and then finally runs away when her parents try to plot to get her married to a prince as well.  She ends up working in a castle in a neighboring land and makes friends with the prince.  Although, neither of them realized who the other was until Amy had to go back to her own kingdom.  (She was found out by a former governess.)  It is at this time that the prince she made such good friends with asks for her hand in marriage.

And they lived happily ever after.

Yes, I know it is like every fairy tale, but I always liked it.  And I completely forgot to mention Peter Aurelious and Mr. Pemberthy.  They have to be my favorite characters, even though they don’t ever speak.

***** (five stars)—just because it brought me so much joy as a young girl

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