Nashville meets The West Wing in this summer read about a girl who runs away from her high-profile past to live the normal life she’s always wanted.
Cecilia Montgomery has been America’s sweetheart since the day she was born. A member of the prestigious Montgomery family—the US equivalent of royalty—her childhood was cut short after she was nearly kidnapped. Since then, Cecilia has been hidden away, her adolescence spent at an exclusive boarding school.
So when an opportune moment presents itself, Cecilia seizes the chance to become someone else. To escape. To disappear. To have the life she always dreamed about, far away from her mother’s biting remarks and her sheltered upbringing.
Cecilia says goodbye to the Montgomery name and legacy to become Lia Washington: relaxed, wild, in love, free, and living on her own terms for the very first time. But being on your own isn’t always as easy as it seems…
As a Montgomery, 18-year-old Cecilia is Kennedy-esque political royalty, with an ambitious U.S. senator as her mother and other powerful politicos in the family tree. Cecelia s mother has kept her under lock and key ever since a failed kidnapping when Cecilia was a child, never allowing her to appear in public. Miserable, Cecilia flees Massachusetts for a tiny town in Tennessee where she changes her name to Lia and hopes that no one will discover her secret. Harrison (Snow Queen) emphasizes small-town charm over fame and politics in this lightly suspenseful romance about starting over. For the bulk of the novel, Cecilia is only occasionally worried that she might be found out, and she restarts her life with little trouble; everything comes quite easily wonderful new friends, a place to live, a job, and a gorgeous boyfriend. No one thinks to question Lia s mysterious appearance in town or suspect that she might be the Cecilia all over the news since her disappearance. The cliffhanger ending leaves Lia s story a little too unresolved. Ages 14 up.