Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
A popular, young royal couple can’t produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he’s affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them.But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty’s journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can’t produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”
And yes! I’m kind of surprised how Inconceivable pulled me to the story like a boss! I started reading the night before and finished it the morning after (sleep is important too, c’mon). Not that I didn’t expect Inconceivable to be good — it’s just since I’m still coping from the overflowing emotions what my previous read gave me, I wasn’t quite sure I was ready to read a new book. But voilà! Thanks, Tegan Wren!
Inconceivable somewhat gave the “Prince and I” vibe. An American girl and a royalty from a monarch in Europe. Except in Prince and I, there’s really a monarch in Denmark, but Inconceivable, Wren created the fictional monarchy, the Meinran royal family in Toulene.
Prince John and Hatty’s relationship is more on the mature side. To tell you honestly, I didn’t swoon that much. The first 50% of the story involved courting, flirting and their moments of getting-to-know-each-other. Their relationship is really on the adult side and most of the time they talk a lot about politics and journalism and stuff which quite frankly I don’t really fancy and bored me at some point. At least, hats off to Hatty (pun intended) for being hilarious most of the times. Her being blunt and energetic made the mood of the story a lot lighter considering the sensitive topic of infertility.
The next 50% was their story as a married royalty and their struggles to conceive a child. This is the first time I’ve ever read something with this topic so I was enticed (I wasn’t able to finish Arsen which I think has the same topic, I think?). I still think that I’m still too young for marriage and building a family (not that I have a boyfriend. lol), so I never really thought about these kind of topics and I literally have no idea about the terms used here. But somehow, I can feel the pain of the royal couple here and there’s this weird feeling about being aware of the possible circumstances that will befall a married couple.
The turn of events were mostly unexpected (at least for me). I was expecting a different ending, I was expecting a really bright light that will shine upon Prince John and Hatty. And honestly, I’m quite disappointed and happy at the same time with the ending. Disappointed because Wren didn’t give me the ending I want — the happy ending I looked forward. But happy, because the ending was unexpected, and sometimes, unexpected endings are much better.
It’s a bitter-sweet ending, but a really good story nonetheless. This is a really great debut novel for Tegan Wren and for that, I want to congratulate her!
I totally recommend this for married couples who are suffering from infertility. This novel will give you courage and light so bright! *winks*
Erika is a freelance content writer and illustrator from the Philippines. Aside from her love of arts and reading, she loves taking photos, coffee, cats, and fairies. She’s into fantasy, historical fiction, and contemporary, and anything young adult genres.