Davidson writes with a witty sense
of humor, and her ability to take an outlandish fairy-tale premise and make it work is a gift. The romance aspect, however, is slightly lacking, partially because the author focuses more on the events leading up to the royal wedding rather than the hero and heroine's relationship.

Christina Krabbe is having the worst day of her life. First she's fired from her job on a cruise ship for assaulting her too-friendly boss. Then she finds herself marooned in Alaska. To top it off, she's spent her last $50 to go fishing. But when the friendly fishing boat captain turns out to be the king of Alaska and he offers Christina a place to stay at his palace, she knows her luck is about to change.

King Alexander II is charmed by Christina and decides she's just the type of woman to suit his business-minded son. Now if he can only convince Prince David of that.

The prince is not ready to settle down; his work is much too important and takes up most of his time. Now his father is pressing the issue of marriage to the point that he's brought some poor girl to the palace to meet him. In addition to being a commoner, the outspoken Christina has no manners, but she is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen.

(May, 279 pp.,$14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Tanya Kacik