Book Review: In Search of A Prince

23 Mar

On the surface, In Search of A Prince by Toni Shiloh is a fairytale romance with a nod to The Princess Diaries. However, this is a very grownup story with deep spiritual truths. Are you a romance fan longing for an exotic locale, a heroine to root for, and a story you’ll continue to think about? Then this novel is for you! Recommended.

It seems like a dream come true . . . until it forces her to question everything.  

Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha’s Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops a bombshell–Brielle is really a princess in the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, off the coast of Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, the king, is failing.

Distraught by all the secrets her mother kept, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before her coronation, or the crown will pass to another. Brielle is uncertain if she even wants the throne, and with her world totally shaken, where will she find the courage to take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring?

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist.

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at

My Impressions:

In Search of A Prince is a wonderful fairytale romance but with so much more. Author Toni Shiloh has created an exotic kingdom on an African island complete with its own language, laws, and stunning landscapes. As she states in the afterword, she did a lot of research to make the setting and the people ring true. At the heart of the story is a young woman finally discovering her roots. Her transformation from Bri Bayo to Princess Brielle Adebayo isn’t easy, but with her faith, Bri weathers naysayers and her own doubts. There is a prominent spiritual thread woven throughout the book with many of the characters leaning on God to find their direction and purpose. That’s probably the strongest part of the book, although the romance is no slouch either. 😉 Bri and Mori are the perfect marriage of convenience couple — friends first and foremost, sharing a common faith and love of country. Their romance will have you sighing! Supporting characters are well-developed — I cannot wait for book 2 to find out more of Iris’ story. There’s also a bit of a mystery involved with a resolution you will not see coming.

Exotic locale, great characters, swoon-y romance, kissing scenes . . . what are you waiting for!


Audience: adults

(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

3 Responses to “Book Review: In Search of A Prince”

  1. Suzanne Sellner March 23, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

    The plot sounds awesome!

    • rbclibrary March 23, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

      I think you’d love it.

  2. Cindy Davis March 23, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

    I really enjoyed this one as well and can’t wait to read Iris’s story as well 🙂

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