Charming, Magical, and Utterly Romantic Read
Reviewed in the United States on 17 March 2020
When I first read "Pippa of Lauramore," I thought it was a cute, albeit light, story set in a fun fantasy kingdom complete with princesses, noble knights, dragons, a touch of magic, and a beautiful waterfall setting. However, upon rereading it, I realize just how enchanting and adorable this book is. I just love the feel of this fairytale world; it’s exactly the sort of book I long to crawl into and live.
"Pippa of Lauramore" is delightful. Our protagonist, Pippa, was a fun character—full of life, adventure, mischief, and endearing antics. Her longtime friend, Archer, while serious, was such an adorable and remarkable hero who demonstrates true love, for although he’s ineligible to be with Princess Pippa himself, he does all he can to protect her by helping another win the tournament in order to make her happy. The tournament plot where a group of lords, princes, and noble knights go through a series of tasks for the princess’s hand was thoroughly engaging, and of course the romance itself was utterly sweet and adorable. I loved everything about it.
Upon my first reading, there were a few things that had bothered me that I’d wished had been done differently. I didn’t like how Pippa’s family allowed the suitor she adamantly disliked, Lionel, to remain in the tournament despite his horrible treatment of her and the several shady tactics he performed that should have gotten him disqualified. While this still bothered me in my reread to an extent, since I was prepared for it and knew how everything would work out, I was able to more fully enjoy the journey.
Also in my initial reading, I’d wished Pippa had spoken up for herself on multiple occasions rather than allowed herself to go along with the unideal situation she finds herself in, as well as found a way to rescue herself rather than having her happily ever after come through a deus ex machina ending. But my reread allowed me to see the other and more subtle ways she grew and developed as a character, as well as the ways she was able to take control of her own destiny, despite the unideal situation she found herself. It felt more true to life—things don't always work out how we wish, but we can choose how to respond to our circumstances. In addition, often we need an outside force to help us, and that doesn’t make us weak. In this sense, I came to admire the inner strength Pippa had developed as she faced her circumstances and her future, as well as the sacrifices she made for the man she loved, just as he’d made for her. It made their relationship all the more beautiful.
Overall, I found "Pippa of Lauramore" a cute, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable read with a magical setting, fun plot, and a darling couple. I look forward to many more rereads of this delightful book.
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