An enterprising young American transforms her life in the hopes of marrying into British royalty.
The only daughter of bohemian parents in rural Colorado, Fine grew up with the grand ambition of becoming a princess. At the age of nine, she set her romantic sights on Peter Phillips, Queen Elizabeth’s eldest grandchild, after happening upon his name in a library book. Years later, as an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, Fine spent a semester abroad, finally settling down to a temporary life in London. She subsequently returned to the city for graduate school, then stayed to forge a career in publishing. With the exception of a tearful breakdown on the lawn outside of Buckingham Palace and some romantic mishaps, she found life in London to be every bit as rewarding as she’d hoped. Fine’s preoccupation with appropriate etiquette, dress and friends with money is grating, but her spirited determination to succeed in England almost redeems her complete lack of self-deprecation. Eventually, though, her self-involvement becomes off-putting. After myriad close encounters with members of the royal family, Fine finally met her dream prince, and he even asked for her phone number. Alas, it turns out that Peter is not actually a prince at all—Dad’s a commoner, and Mom (Princess Anne) turned down Granny’s offer of a courtesy title. Readers may well feel that Fine received her just deserts.
Vapid and relentlessly single-minded.