Perfect Pairings: Disney Princesses and Romance Novels by Teri Wilson


[Note from Frolic: Today, we welcome author Teri Wilson back to the site. She’s pairing some amazing romance novels with Disney princesses. Take it away, Teri!]

Grab your plastic tiaras and get ready for fairy tale happy ever afters! It’s summertime, also known as amusement park season. To celebrate, we’re pairing books with the very best kind of royalty of all—Disney princesses! Whether you’re an Elsa, an Ariel or a Belle (aren’t we all Belle? #booklover), there’s a read here for everyone who’s ever donned a pair of mouse ears or wished their dinner dishes could sing…

Cinderella and If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy, author of the beloved bestselling YA read Dumplin’, is the first of a new series of romcom Disney Princess movie retellings targeted for adult readers. Cinderella is now Cindy, a plus-sized shoe designer who goes on a dating reality show called Before Midnight. Full of modern spins on a classic story, Cinderella fans will ADORE this book. 

Elsa and Royally Rearranged by Emma St. Clair

What happens when a princess’s arranged royal engagement doesn’t exactly happen as planned? The princess sets out rearrange things…and this time, she’ll do it herself. The heroine in this fun royal romcom from bestselling author Emma St. Clair has been keeping a tight lid on her emotions, so she gives us definite Elsa vibes. She’s even nicknamed the Ice Princess, but her heart just might melt before the story ends.

Mulan and The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas

Fact: Sherry Thomas is AMAZING. Her romances are always so rich and vivid, and The Magnolia Sword is no different. This YA read is the epic Mulan story every Disney fan will love. 

Aurora/Sleeping Beauty and Tiaras and Teacups by Melissa McClone

The event planner heroine of Melissa McClone’s Tiaras and Teacups gives us serious Aurora vibes, and it’s not just because she dresses up in a Sleeping Beauty costume for the tea parties that she organizes. With this sweet romance series’ emphasis on female friendships and family, there are happy every afters all around.

Tiana and A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Just like Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, Naledi Smith, the heroine of A Princess in Theory, works in food service. And just like Tiana, Naledi has big dreams. She’s also dealing with a prince who definitely seems more like a frog than anything remotely resembling charming. The fun is just beginning because Alyssa Cole’s modern STEM princess is just the start of her fab series, Reluctant Royals. 

Rapunzel and Once Upon a Puppy by Lizzie Shane

Um, how CUTE is this cover? The adorableness continues on the pages of this story by Lizzie Shane, about a children’s party princess who helps a stuffy businessman train his enormous, unruly dog. (Did we mention that the dog is enormous, because he’s ENORMOUS.) Just like Rapunzel in Tangled, Deenie Mitchell has a serious case of wanderlust. But sometimes falling in love is the greatest adventure of all. 

Belle and A Tale as Old as Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

If the Beast’s library makes you swoon, you’ll love this twisted YA fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Liz Braswell that asks: what if Belle’s mother was the enchantress who cursed the Beast?

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling Author Teri Wilson writes heartwarming contemporary romance with a touch of whimsy. Three of Teri’s books have been adapted into Hallmark Channel Original Movies by Crown Media, including UNLEASHING MR. DARCY (plus its sequel MARRYING MR. DARCY), THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is also a recipient of the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction for her novel THE BACHELOR’S BABY SURPRISE. Teri has a major weakness for cute animals, pretty dresses and Audrey Hepburn films, and she loves following the British royal family. Visit her at or on Instagram @TeriWilsonauthor

Once Upon a Royal Summer by Teri Wilson, out now!

A theme park “princess” meets a single dad…who turns out to be a real prince!
Enjoy the delightful royal romance from acclaimed author Teri Wilson and Hallmark Publishing.

Lacey found her dream job: playing a princess character at a popular fairytale theme park in sunny southern Florida. Her diamond tiara might not be real, but the smiles of the children she meets every day certainly are. It’s just too bad that her ex-boyfriend was never impressed with her career choice.

Henry, the crown prince of Bella-Moritz, is trying to fulfill his young daughter’s birthday wish: to be a normal girl with a normal life. That’s why they’re pretending to be ordinary tourists at an American amusement park. Henry lost his wife four years ago, and he’s been going through the motions ever since. But could a meeting with a make-believe princess lead to real love?

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