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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
A Foreign Crown by Jen Johnson takes you back in time when Napoleon’s crazed ambition to rule the world struck horror in large and small countries. England was the one of the few countries that had the manpower and resources to aid Oldenburg. Prince Layton Wilhelm, the youngest prince and their Naval Captain, takes a trip to plead for King George’s help at the most inconvenient time. Lady Aribella Bardsley is living on scraps as her ill father meets with his successor of title and lands. Just when it looks as if her only hope is marriage to a distant cousin, she is called away to assist the Queen, just as her mother had done. Layton and Aribella are both naïve in the ways of the English court and the evil that lurks. Can they find a place where duty and love coincide happily together? Or are they sworn to duty over love?
Jen Johnson offers more to her readers by blending historical events with fictional drama. A Foreign Crown gives the feel of a genuine love story within the ending reign of King George as this novel comes alive. With this novel, you get well-developed characters that rarely have the freedoms to find love on their own. The uncertainty of war, mental and physical sickness, and duty all play a major part in this fascinating novel. Overall, the author keeps her readers glued to the pages as an unlikely story unfolds into a beautiful romance no one expected.