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A royalty romance (especially one based on Mark Twain's The Prince and The Pauper) addresses themes such as diversity, friendship, mercy, and taking action to chart one’s destiny. As such, the undercurrent emphasis is placed on hope. Hope for a better future. Hope that from diversity and a change in external or outer circumstances, Prince Alexander’s experiences will empower him to take the throne and rule with compassion. Yet because this is a romance, we have a heroine who must also travel a path and discover her inner strengths as well as her true destiny. A love story binds a couple together, then throws at them all sorts of hurdles.

In Dating The Prince the niggling question becomes: Will justice prevail as well as a 'happy ever after' for Katie and Alex?

Dating The Prince
Author: Alina Snow
Reading Guide

1. To delve into a part, Katie had remained in character for days, sometimes weeks at a time. Once she’d had a role as a homeless runaway with OCD as her senior project. It had been exhilarating and exhausting. Each part had altered Katie’s perspective, allowing her to walk in someone else’s shoes, so to speak.

This aspect of being an actor is a strength. How does it assist Katie in the future?

2. Dating The Prince is told in four points of view (POVs): Katie, Prince Alexander, Queen Anne, and Lady Sylvan. Each has a distinct perspective. Which do you relate to most? Why do think the author gives the reader a window into these characters?

3. Prince Alexander:  His grandmother ruled with an iron fist. Royal protocol was set in stone as far as her Majesty was concerned. She wasn’t just a figurehead. The Queen knew the constitution like the back of her hand.

What are some responsibilities of Queen Elizabeth? Do you agree that The Queen is merely a figurehead? Is it true that Her Highness is head of the military? (See complete guide for answer.)

4. Many couples come from diverse backgrounds.
What snap judgements do Katie and Alex make about one another? What snap judgments do The Queen, Katie, and Miss Sylvan make about each other?
How does diversity can make a relationship stronger? What are some possible scenarios where diversity might need emotional support? What can be done to assist understanding and compassion?

5. Jeffrey went back to texting. Without looking up, he asked, “Alex, why do you insist on breaking the rules of decorum?”
After being a Calvary Officer for years, Prince Alexander struggles with his future. Why would he test the rules? What from his past makes—if not pushes—him to do so?

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The entire guide contains 20 points on which to consider both during the reading or after. This guide serves to deepen a reader's involvement whether alone, in a book club or discussion group.Thank you for your interest. 

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Powers of the United Kingdom’s Monarch
From #4 above: Besides being the commander of the UK’s military forces, the English monarch has the power to make war and peace. Definitely, the powers of Queen Elizabeth go well beyond simply being a figurehead.
Examples of the powers of the English Monarch:
·       To appoint and dismiss the Prime Minister as well as ministers of government.
·       Appoints bishops and archbishops of the Church of England.
·       To summon, prorogue and dissolve Parliament.
·       Regulates the Civil Service.
·       Ratify treaties and issue passports.
·       To create peers (both life peers and hereditary peers) involved in bestowing titles.

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