Looking for a book in which to escape the everyday rush, the stresses of work, the worries of tomorrow? A book to entertain the mind, get your heart racing and warm the soul as the cooler weather sets in?
Princess Avenger is the debut novel of Dr Bernadette Rowley, a veterinarian from the Greencross Vets Woodlands clinic in Townsville, Queensland. Initially released in October 2012 as an e-book by Destiny Romance, an imprint of Penguin Books Australia, the opportunity has provided Bernadette a chance to follow her other passion, writing.
I came across the announcement of the book’s release on the Greencross Intranet and was enticed by the genre (fantasy romance) and the intrigue of the premise – a strong princess heroine, revenge, honour, destiny, duty and passion. I also saw the chance to support a fellow veterinarian in her endeavours to achieve a different dream.
Princess Alecia is destined to serve and protect her kingdom. As corruption and betrayal are spreading through the streets of her city, she sees it her duty to use her strength and skills to seek revenge for the brutal murder of her first love. But there is also darkness and treachery coming from within the royal halls. Alecia fights to hold on to her respect and honour for her father, pushing aside her growing fear that he might be accountable for their people’s suffering and hardship.
Army Captain Vard Anton also has a duty to protect and serve, though holds many secrets and internal struggles of his own. The princess feels she must bury her attraction to the handsome man and complete her duty as a princess by submitting to a sickening arranged marriage to a vile corrupted royal advisor. However the intense passion between Alecia and Vard burns strong and becomes an immeasurable strength in their fight for what they believe in and who they love.
I really enjoyed the book and became completely engrossed in the story. I felt a connection with the characters and found myself being swept away with the emotion and passion pouring out of the pages. I would read for chapters on end and forget where reality was, drawn into the life of the princess, feeling like I was right there next to her hiding in the dark alleyways.
I would recommend the book to those who appreciate the genre and the enjoyment of a thrilling read, filled with passion and love. I found the experience all the more exciting knowing the author and being able to appreciate the inclusion of her love and appreciation of animals within her writing. Last month I had the honour of meeting Bernadette when I travelled to Townsville to visit my partner. It was fantastic to meet her, express my support and discuss dreams and inspirations.
The book has recently been published in paperback and is being sold at Australia Post shops across the country with other Destiny Romance novels. Track down the illusive princess in selected Australia Post stores and online through your favouite e-book retailer.
Dr Monique Tydens
Greencross Vets Williamstown, Victoria
I’d like to thank Monique for her lovely review and for her support of my writing.