An arrangement made when Elizabeth was just a babe ties her to someone she has never met, never spoken to, never loved. Now she desires freedom-a way to choose her own path-her own husband. The moment Elizabeth meets Patrick she knows he is her soul mate. But when you are bound to a crown how is any choice your own?
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About the Author
The green eyed, brown haired author found a mother in her husband's mother and loves her dearly. She accredits her mother-in-law with teaching her many things in life.
The author loves reading, but had few opportunities to do so while growing up. Once married she was introduced to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books that she admits to having collected, which collections she still retains. They were the ones who wet her appetite. A few years ago she was introduced to Tolkien's Lord of the Ring's and to J. K. Rowling's writings, which she loves. She also loves romantic music that she listens to every day, plays that she attends at least six times a year, and cats (when they are not shedding.) She likes her clothes to be very feminine, with lace being one of her favorites. "I am afraid that I do not follow fashions," she was heard to say. "I wear what I like."
Early on in her life she showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that rewarded her with the opportunities of taking care of the costumes for the cast of four different plays, which she enjoyed immensely. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and understands some Portuguese.
At twenty-one she moved north to marry Rodney and has resided in Utah since then. Her husband, a native of Idaho, met her in her hometown. They fell in love and she came to Utah on Christmas Eve to be married two weeks later. They are the parents of three princes and a princess.
With her husband and his family she has have the opportunity of traveling to many of the states in USA, most of them camping, and to three other countries, something she enjoys very much. Soon, she would like to visit the castles in Germany and other European countries.
Anna possesses a great mind and imagination, which, with the encouragement of her husband, she set to writing. The creation of her two series of books is the result of many years of daydreaming and now, her own laptop.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think was an adorable book for older girls. It's traditional Sleeping Beauty in flavor and very clean. I'll enjoy sharing it with my granddaughters.
I've always had a fascination with royals and used to dream about being a princess. Stories like this make me realize that it would be a lot harder than I think because often times, a princess doesn't get to choose things for herself. It would be hard to have a marriage arranged for you from birth, especially when your heart belongs to another, and this is the exact situation that Elizabeth finds herself in. I don't know if I could go through with that and Elizabeth's struggles really show. Elizabeth is a kind young woman, but is really resistant to her parents' wishes. Patrick is a very resourceful young man and he is very likable. I loved the banter and flirting between these two. They had a little dialogue that is repetitive, with questions and answers, but it is so, so sweet and I couldn't help but smile when they went through it each time. This story is gentle and sweet, yet there are moments of mystery and adventure. Someone is out to take over some kingdoms--who and why? I came away with a smile at the antics and events that occurred, especially with the way the villain was confronted. This is a must read for anyone who loves a good, clean romance involving a princess. Content: very mild romance (although two characters spent a few nights together, nothing happened); no language or religious elements; mild violence (fighting, deaths--nothing at all graphic). Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
I'd give a basic narrative of the story, but I don't want to ruin it for those who haven't read it. So, here are some of my thoughts on the matter. As far as characterization goes, I think that Ms. Dye portrays a typical pair of teenage lovers who hate their lot in life, but are eager to go their own way. I do think that Elizabeth does show a lot of the same qualities equated to blonds in modern jokes, rather silly and irresponsible, but then, so does Patrick. Circumstances do make them grow up a bit, but they are never too mature for childish antics, even if it goes against the grain of their character. The world Ms. Dye has creates is a beautiful world, though I wouldn't mind more description about the insides of the castles. I was pleased at how some of the elements of each country definitely came into play i the story. Over all, not a bad romance, a bit slow paced for my taste, but will likely please a lot of the younger audiences, especially fans of star-crossed lovers who can't seem to every quite cross the right paths.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Once Upon Two Kingdoms: A Royal Romance is a young adult romantic fantasy written by Anna del C. Dye. A number of years ago, the rulers of two neighboring countries, Bella Vista and Trebolett, made an agreement that their children would marry when they came of age. This would unite the two kingdoms and was considered customary practice. Royal children were expected to serve their country rather than marrying for love. Prince Patrick of Trebolett and Princess Elizabeth of Bella Vista are both infuriated when their parents finally tell them of the arrangement. Neither of them relishes the idea of marrying a stranger, and they both leave their parents in a huff. Patrick rides into the woods that he loves so well, and Princess Elizabeth takes off on her horse and gets lost. She wanders until a distant campfire's light acts as a beacon. There she meets a charming young man who offers her food and lodging for the evening, and he also shows her the stars. Anna del C. Dye's romantic fantasy, Once Upon Two Kingdoms: A Royal Romance, is a marvelous comedy of errors. Patrick and Elizabeth's romance is the stuff that dreams are made of, even if they don't realize the dreaded royal marriage is to each other. Their first nights in the woods are beautifully described and very moving. Del C. Dye creates a magical mood as the two share the wonders of the forest at night, complete with a canopy of stars. Once Upon Two Kingdoms: A Royal Romance is also an inspired coming of age tale as the two young royals are thrust into mature roles suddenly and unexpectedly. The author tells her story in a wry and slightly humorous tone that fits the plot perfectly. Her writing is smooth and easy, and the story just reaches out and grabs the reader. Once Upon Two Kingdoms: A Royal Romance delivers the magic and promise that is all too often missing in epic fantasy, and it does so brilliantly. It's most highly recommended.