Katie Matthews has perfected the art of escaping into nature to get away from the difficulties that are in her life, dreaming of a prince to come rescue her. Then she meets Stover Steele but is he her prince or just a secondary character?! In The Prairie Prince by Marcia Lynn McClure, Katie who meets Stover after falling asleep under her favorite tree only to awaken to find herself decorated with wildflowers, including individual flowers between each of her toes. Stover has the responsibility of caring for his eight-year-old triplet half-sisters and plans on focusing on their care, not finding love but he is surprised by Katie’s sweetness, especially given her upbringing.
Katie’s parents’ relationship has led Katie to be wary of entering into marriage and her father’s abusive tendencies makes her wary of entering into a relationship. Also, the neighbor girls her age mean attitudes have eroded what little self-confidence Katie may have had so she has a hard time believing that whatever is attracting Stover to her will last beyond the initial meeting. To complicate matters Katie’s brother Jared starts to develop a relationship with Stover’s full sister Piper. Piper has a deformity that makes her shy but Jared is able to get her to come out of her shell but Jared is hesitant to enter into a relationship, he feels that if he leaves his parents’ house it will leave his mother and Katie open to more abuse from his father.
For me I know what I am getting anytime I pick up a Marcia Lynn McClure novel, I know it is going to be cute quick clean read and The Prairie Prince lives up to this expectation. Katie’s lack of self-confidence is believable given the family life she has, her father’s abuse and general attitude toward woman has undermined her feelings of self-worth. I loved the triplet’s antics, they were always getting into trouble and being where they shouldn’t be. I was a little confused by the new character introduced in the last couple of chapters as a help for Katie’s mother but I can see that McClure was trying to give all the characters a happily ever after, it just felt a little contrived when the mother wasn’t much of a physical presence in the earlier story. I got the ebook for $0.99 on Amazon.com and it was worth the money for the cute read.
Title: The Prairie Prince
Author: Marcia Lynn McClure
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 220
Publisher: Distractions Ink
Release Date: April 2008
Available for purchase: Amazon
Reviewer: Jessica Donald Penn Authentic Jersey