This was a pretty good YA Historical Fiction/Romance book set in 1498 in England.
Princess Rosemund’s parents have been murdered by a trusted military leader who betrayed them. Rose is secretly rushed away and hidden in the country by a longtime family friend. As they assume new identities and uncle and nephew and try to blend into a small community, Rose begins to train in self defense and learns survival skills. When Maxwell, a young man from town, asks to train with Rose and her “uncle”, Rose earns a faithful friend. As soldiers scour the countryside searching for Rose, Max’s trust will be put to the test.
This is a typical “parents murdered, princess hides and learns skills to take her kingdom back and make the villain pay” story, but I still enjoyed it. The story was steady and there weren’t too many surprises, but I liked Rose and Maxwell, and especially liked Rose’s relationship with her “uncle”. Most of the story was pretty simple and predictable, with things always working out just right. That’s fine, but a little bit more tension and set-backs would have been better.
I receive a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Covenant Communications. All opinions are my own.