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Ransom My Heart

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by Meg Cabot, Mia Thermopolis

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Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia and star of Meg Cabot's insanely popular #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries books, has "penned" her first historical romance novel . . . with help from Meg Cabot

He's a tall, handsome knight with a secret. She's an adventurous beauty with more than a few secrets of her own.


Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia and star of Meg Cabot's insanely popular #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries books, has "penned" her first historical romance novel . . . with help from Meg Cabot

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.

Princess Mia Thermopolis, Meg Cabot's most beloved character, has always been an outspoken animal-rights activist and committed environmentalist. In keeping with Mia's true spirit, Meg will be donating her advance to Greenpeace.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The gimmick to accompany the conclusion of the Princess Diaries is this delightful historical romance written by series heroine Princess Mia Thermopolis ("with help from" Cabot, who is donating all proceeds to Greenpeace). Finn Crais is the resourceful daughter of a miller living in Stephensgate, England, in 1291. When Finn's older sister, Mellana, gets pregnant by a troubadour and has no money for a dowry, Finn agrees to carry out Mellana's ridiculous plan to abduct a wealthy man and hold him ransom, settling on Earl Hugh Fitzstephen, fresh back from the crusades and loaded with gold and jewels. Finn doesn't realize who it is she's captured, and Fitzstephen, owing to a curiosity about Finn and wanting to see where the kidnapping will lead, plays along. As to be expected, passions become enflamed, and Finn discovers her sister's plan may not be a simple as she originally thought. Though predictable, the novel is thoroughly enjoyable and funny. Cabot's fans, and particularly those graduating from the Princess Diaries, will be pleased, especially as they may have read brief excerpts in Forever Princess, the series finale (Reviews, p. 55). (Jan.)

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Library Journal

Selecting an author is the first oddity of this book. Is it Thermopolis, the fictional main character from Cabot's "The Princess Diaries" series, or is it Cabot, who in her introduction points out that similarities between the characters of Mia's imagination and those in Mia's (fictional) world are purely coincidental? Then there's the medieval setting that juxtaposes proper historical details with women who are saucily outspoken and in total control of their lives. As for the plot, it's simple and familiar: the fair Finnula, confirmed tomboy, kidnaps Hugo, the Earl of Stephensgate, on his return from the Crusades and angrily falls in love only to become a reluctant bride/lady. Before their happy ending, they uncover who's trying to kill Hugo and frame Finn while sharing their combative joy with family and friends. Is it new author Thermopolis writing a standard, formulaic romance, or is it Cabot poking fun at what can make some romance novels seem so cliché? With likable characters and snappy dialog, this book will be sought by Cabot fans of all ages; however, sex scenes prevent it from being suitable for her youngest readers.
—Stacey Hayman

School Library Journal

Adult/High School

When Finnula Crais learns that her older sister is pregnant, she agrees to participate in the tradition of "man-napping" to earn money for her sister's dowry. Her quarry is not what she expects: instead of kidnapping a lowly knight returning from the Crusades with his riches, she finds herself saddled with Hugo Fitzstephen, Earl of Stephensgate. Over the days in which Finnula holds him captive, they succumb to passion. When the truth about his identity comes to light, Finnula's brother and the earl himself insist that the two marry. The pair meets with adversity in the form of Hugo's cousin, who has mismanaged the estate in the earl's absence. However, despite murder attempts, suspicion falling on Finnula's past, and a great deal of misunderstanding, true love triumphs. While the secondary characters are drawn with broad strokes, both Finnula and Hugh are well-crafted characters with likable personalities and real depth. The setting seems well researched, with enough detail that readers can clearly picture this 13th-century English hamlet. Cabot, writing as Princess Mia Thermopolis, has imbued this novel with enough humor to counteract the sometimes overly earnest love story. Witty dialogue and a plot that contains plenty of twists and turns work together to keep even the most jaded readers turning the pages. Cabot fans and romance readers alike will fall in love with feisty Finn and her strong, passionate earl.-Karen E. Brooks-Reese, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
The Princess Diaries
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Ransom My Heart 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
jinxminx76 More than 1 year ago
I teach middle school. This book was sent by our school system to our school's library. The buyer for our system saw "Princess Mia" and made a logical, albeit vastly incorrect, leap that Cabot's book would be a great addition based on the success and readability of the Princess Diaries. NOTHING could be further from the truth. As an adult, the book is just fine for my eyes. Everything that has been said in previous reviews about characterization and adventure and strong female heroine and romance is absolutely true. BUT THIS IS NOT A BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS. Contrary to the marketing that misleads the reader into believing this is a natural extension of the Princess Mia ethos, this book contains graphic sexual detail and innuendo. This book should be in the adult Romance section of any bookstore and never, ever confused with a book that would be appropriate for the masses of girls who fell in love with Princess Mia (at least until they pass an acceptable age---and 13 and 14 ain't it). I was surprised because the book didn't really need the gratuitous, graphic sex to be a good read...the story could stand on its own without it. If you pick up this book thinking it will have the same mildly flirtatious and innocently romantic tone as the Princess Diaries series, you will be shocked and disappointed to find that Princess of Genovia Mia Thermopolis has quite the explicit imagination, as she is credited with the authoring of this book. I applaud that the proceeds go to a worthy cause, but at the same time please be aware this is a book for ADULT AUDIENCES...or at least the more mature, late teens...definitely not your Disney Princess!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a true classic and I loved it, but due to the popularity of the Princess Diaries Series amongst really young girls, it is quite risky that it was released with the series as it contains quite vulgar scenes which may not be appropriate for young girls. But overall, GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
The people in Finnula Finn's town are starving. Luckily, she's can wield a bow and arrow like nobody else. She's been keeping the town's people fed so they don't starve. She likes looking after people and not being a conventional women. When her sister comes to her needing help, she can't refuse. However, she knows nothing about capturing a man and holding him for ransom. When she finds one to her liking, she doesn't realize that she's in way over her head. First of all, he infuriates her. Second of all, she finds herself divulging all her secrets to him - well not all of them. She still doesn't want to talk about what happened on her wedding night. That subject is off limits, but nothing else appears to be off limits including her lips. How did she get herself into this mess and how could it end other than badly?

An adult romance novel written as a senior project by Princess Mia Thermoplis. She uses a pen name in an attempt to become an author without using her title. All the proceeds from this book will go towards Greenpeace.

An addicting and satisfying read. I read this yesterday during my snow day. And loved it. It was the perfect treat for the day.
~ yabooknerd @ http://yabooknerd.blogspot.com/
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Fetching finn is always toying with hugo and keeps everyoe on edge
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Ive read it alot and its just so amazayn. I love it even though the second half leaves something to be desired.
Mooslynn More than 1 year ago
Okay so the beginning had some major promise. The first half was a page turner. What's going to happen? Will they get together or not? A page turner that made me stay up way longer than I should have been awake. Then I passed that part and was kind of left deflated. I love these main characters but feel that the end was missing something. Like why was Finn acting the way she was? Hugo never asked her that. The reader knew why she was acting that way but he never did. I wanted answers and there were none. That's not to say that this wasn't a great romance novel because it was. There was no mushy ending where everything is revealed in the last page or so, which is the only thing I hate about romance novels. But I wanted more. Not sure what that more could have been but all I knwo is I wanted it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luvd readin this buk ive read it 3x, i would definately recommend reading this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book but its no Princess Diaries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was realky funny how meg cabot actually wrote the book that she mentioned mia writing in the princess diaries. When i read the princess diaries and this book was mentioned, i wished it was a real book, and i just thought id look it up for kicks not expecting to find anything, but its actually a real book. :-D
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And i read it Now my sith grage friend s reading it
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Octoberbird More than 1 year ago
Well, I tried really hard to like this one, since I liked Princess Diaries, but this was so much worse!! First of all, Finnula is overly brazen, even for a tomboy, at a time when women were docile - there is NO indication whatsoever that she is a female. All the explicit scenes, placed seemingly at random, more than crossed the line b/w YA and a regular Harlequin romance. Even I, an 18 year old, thought it was too much to be called classy. The last straw was the overly predictable and phony battle b/w Hugo and Laroche. Definitely not for teens.
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