The Betrothed

HarperTeen. May 2020. 320p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780062291639.
Gr 7 Up–Lady Hollis Brite is destined to be royalty and her family is ready to seal the deal with a proposal from King Jameson. While she enjoys his company, her true love is a commoner named Silas Eastsoffe who comes to Coroa with his family. Silas and Hollis hit it off romantically from the beginning. The action in the story is slow at first with a lot of pages devoted to developing the characters and setting. This pacing helps the story feel regal and devoted to the courtship between Hollis and Jameson. There is no doubt that Jameson intends to make Hollis his queen, even though her heart is drawn to Silas. The action comes later, delivering a cliffhanger as Hollis leaves to question the ruler of another kingdom. Like Cass’s previous female protagonists, Hollis is a strong character, and proves to be a good role model with little fear who knows what she wants to accomplish.
VERDICT Fans of “The Selection” series will anxiously await the second installment of this duology to learn Hollis’s fate.

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