Title: Glass Castle Prince
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 20 March 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
A glass castle shatters as easily as a glass house—all it takes is one stone.
Prince Edward has known this all of his life, and taken staunch measures to ensure he doesn’t give the public any reason to pick up their rocks. Or torches. Or pitchforks. As a twenty-two-year-old in line to ascend the throne, he lives more like a cloistered monk than his college-aged peers. Restraint is the tone of his life, resilience the theme.
That is, until he meets a young woman who couldn’t care less about his title—unless she’s poking fun at it. Charlotte Everly grew up a stone’s throw away from the royal family’s summer house, but her life was, and is, entirely different from the prince’s.
They clash at each turn, disagree on every topic, and bear a general contempt for one another. Until . . .
One night, accompanied by one proposal, leads to one lapse in judgment . . .
Results in a nationwide scandal neither of them will escape.
On the hotter end of Nicole’s writing scale, Glass Castle Prince is a sweet romance of royalty falling for a commoner. But more than that it is a tale of parental expectation, finding your place in the world when a path has already been laid out for you and remaining true to yourself even when it is the unpopular choice.
Glass Castle Prince deals with the lack of privacy faced by those in the public eye no matter what their background may be. How gossip gets twisted and impacts those concerned for a lot longer than anyone could imagine.
Even though Charlotte and Edward are on very different sides of the class system, their problems are very similar. There is a depth of connection and understanding between them that conquers the social divide between them.
Charlotte is somewhat naive, proven by her inability to see beyond the surface at the beginning. However, as the story develops so does Charlotte’s character, morphing into the woman she was destined to become.
While Edward has always known who he is and is quietly confident in his position, his doubts centre around his personal life and his lack of contentment where it is concerned. I adored Edward so much, especially his attentiveness and faith he places in Charlotte.
As you can imagine, the relationship between Edward and Charlotte isn’t plain sailing, especially as it’s inception stemmed from Charlotte’s proposition. Compounded by a royal scandal, disapproving parents and an opportunist douche-bag. Although, Edward is determined no obstacle will stand in the way of his happiness ever again. His happiness being tied to his relationship with Charlotte *swoon*