Great joy in the Phantasmorania reign for the seventh princess born, Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne, more beautiful than her six extremely blonde, porcelain skinned blue-eyed sisters.
Tradition imposes for the seventh daughter the participation of fairy godmothers during the Christening (no fairy excluded to avoid unfortunate setbacks): the baby princess receives the gift of courage, health and so on, till the last and older fairy godmother who chooses to gift Amethyst with ordinariness.
So Amethyst becomes the more ordinary Amy, a girl and then an absolutely normal woman, with brown hair and eyes, freckles and a desire for fun, freedom and bored by the court life of standard princess.
A life including marriage with rich and pompous princes, absolutely boring to the eyes of Amy who, to avoid them, will flee from the palace to discover the value of work and of a simple life. Being this a good fairy tale, the ordinary princess will be able to find the most suitable prince, without the need of arranged marriages or, even worse, dragons.
I think this book is extremely nice, a reinvention of the classical stories of princess and princes where, thanks to an old and quite swampy fairy, is told how everyone is special in its own way, without the need to be blond, beautiful and extraordinary.
* The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye ★★★★☆½
*I read this book in english