The Betrothed by Kiera Cass
When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.
But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
I read the Selection series awhile back, so I had a feeling I would enjoy The Betrothed. I knew what to expect with the writing going in and I’m happy to say that I really liked it.
Hollis (love this name) was noticed by King Jameson. He’s been seen flirting with lots of girls and spending time with many. But that changes with Hollis. All the girls dream of being Queen, but there is a lot of pressure Hollis wasn’t prepared for. She liked Jameson a lot. Things seemed to be going well. Hollis knew that the queens of the past were special women and she wanted to make sure she would be, too. Coroa had a lot of laws centering around marriage and it was taken very seriously. Hollis’s best friend and lady, Delia Grace, dealt with rumors and bullying while growing up. Her father left her mother and told everyone that she cheated and had Delia Grace with another man. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t true. It followed her around. Delia Grace knew that Hollis being queen would change everything for her, too.
Hollis spends a lot of time with King Jameson. She was trying to learn about other kingdoms and all the laws and traditions. It was a lot to take in, but she was willing to learn. Jameson showered her with gifts of flowers and jewels. Everyone knows it’s just a matter of time before he asks Hollis to marry him. He even gives her the Queen’s rooms.
Hollis is already doubting herself. The people around her aren’t really that nice. Her parents don’t accept her and even Delia Grace thinks Hollis is a bit dumb. There is so much pressure on her. A family from Isolte comes to ask to be allowed into Coroa. As soon as Hollis’s eyes connect to a boy with blue eyes, everything changes. She feels this pull to the boy and doesn’t know why. The Eastoffe family is allowed to stay and Hollis starts spending a lot of time learning about Isolte from them before King Quinten and Queen Valentina show up. While people from Isolte weren’t looked upon in a friendly way, Hollis finds that they aren’t anything like she was taught. They’re kind and they accept her. Hollis tends to find ways to please people and get them to be friends, even when the others try to dislike her.
Hollis and Silas talk more than they should and it’s clear that he feels the same way about her. There is something there that is missing with Jameson. But everyone is counting on Hollis to be queen. She has to decide what is more important in life.
I gave this book 4 stars and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy through Edelweiss.
Have you read The Betrothed? Is it on your TBR?