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She plays from memory. Her memories. The day after her 16th birthday, Princess Alia finds out that she's been given away in marriage to a man she's never met. The war has just ended, and for Alia's protection, she must travel to her future kingdom disguised as a chicken farmer's daughter. This princess-to-pauper story is filled with problems, prayers, and plenty of piano. This is the first book in the Counterfeit Princess series.

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Incredible.

There are moments (in the book reading world) in which particularly moving books stand out. Piano Girl is that book for me. It has transcended a lot of what I assumed to be love. Dory's musings mirror a lot of my own, about life, about perseverance, about listening to GOD with both reverence and patience.

I also love historical and slightly fanciful stories. The diction is inspirational, we should all literally go back speaking with purpose. Mrs. Murray is perspicacious and her writing quite honestly helps me in my walk with Christ.

This is by no means the first time I've read this book. I've actually read it at least 5 or 6 times. Yet hearing the voices with it, it has kind of rocked me. This review may not be entirely clear. I don't know if you guys are like me, but I usually consume books. They are my weakness. There are times when after a book, you kind of just sit and think. This is that time for me. It was such a beautifully written and well told story. I am a bit in awe.

I've never actually used audible until now. I enjoyed it immensely. I won't say what the book was about, because I think every one should read it for themselves.

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  • 08-04-16

Good listen but I was ready for the ending

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This was a very enjoyable listen full of wonderful characters, some fanciful, and an imaginative solution to a problem. The author did a fantastic job developing the story and the narrator delivered a great performance.

My only issue with this listen is that as the story lines converged, the true identity of the Piano Girl just took too long. I was ready for the HEA long before it came. Still, that's personal; I don't think anyone else listening will be bothered by that.

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wholesome book

this book is a wholesome family book my granddaughter liked it very much she wants book two.
I received this book free from the publisher, narrator and or author via audio book boom

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Delightful & charming fairy-tale

A fabulous fairy-tale type of story!
The details, the characters, the setting, the entire story--it's just perfect!
Alia is your typical rich-kid, a-bit-spoiled kind of princess.
Unbeknown to her, her father has betrothed her to a prince in the land of Far Away since birth.
On her sixteenth birthday, it is time for her to go meet her betrothed.
This is her journey. And it.is.amazing!
Forced to dress as a pauper, to keep her safe during this long trip, she encounters many interesting people and places.
And finally she's forced to--oops--I don't want to give it away.
Not only does she encounter difficulties physically, the person she has become when she finally gets to introduce herself to her betrothed is a very different girl than who she was at the beginning of the story.
The entire story is great. I had the privilege of listening to it, and was sorry it had to end.
And don't miss the sequel, The Viola Girl.

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A very enjoyable, Ruritanian fantasy/romance

Princess Alia is a gifted pianist, and also the heir to the crown of the kingdom of Blue Sky. Her kingdom has been at war for twelve years, and it has just ended.

On the day after her sixteenth birthday, Princess Alia discovers she's being given away in marriage to a man she's never met. For her safety, she's got to travel in secret, disguised as a chicken farmer's daughter, to the kingdom of Yonder. She's about to get an education she never imagined.

This is a Ruritanian fantasy, set in two imaginary European countries. It never pretends to be anything that it's not. The prince she is betrothed to is Prince Ron. Along the way, she encounters giants, dwarves, and gnomes. She crosses a swamp that's a special kind of trap for the unwary, and a meadow that's a magical respite.

For all these fantasy elements, and the lack of pretense in many of the details that this story is in any way realistic, the pampered Alia gets an excellent education in the real world of the lower classes of the two kingdoms, and Alia, Ron, and many of the characters around them are likable and interesting. It's an enjoyable story, and while there's certainly a message, it's in no way heavy-handed or overbearing.

A very pleasant interlude. Recommended for those who enjoy likable characters, "clean" romance, and are freewheeling enough to enjoy the Ruritanian aspects of this one.

I think I bought this book. I don't always remember, when I have put a book aside for a few weeks before I bring it to the top. Regardless, I am reviewing it voluntarily.

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I loved this Christian fairy tale

Piano Girl: Counterfeit Princess by Sherri Schoenborn Murray is a Christian fairytale reminiscent of The Prince and the Pauper and The Frog Prince. A young princess is sent on a long, dangerous journey undercover as a peasant to meet her betrothed. However, things go wrong, and she’s unable to reveal her true identity, thereby living as a peasant much longer than originally planned. There are giants and gnomes, etc.

I received this audiobook as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review. And honestly, Ms. Schoenborn Murray has a new fan in me. I'm not sure if I've listened to Sarah Zimmerman narrate before, but her voice is very pleasing and her characterization is good.

Great for listening with girls.

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Freaky fairytale with gnomes and gians.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Real characters.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was clean and had a tiny bit of mystery. The narrator was good with different voices and accents.

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Uniquely imaginative story that I didn't want to e

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I’m not sure what I was expecting, but whatever it was, this book wasn’t it — it was so much more.

The Piano Girl: Counterfeit Princess was such a fun book. Even though I wanted to know what happened, I was truly very sad knowing I was coming up on the end of this story. I can always read it again, and I will, but there’s just something about reading a book for the first time that grabs my heart in a way that can never be with a reread. You just can never read a book for the first time twice. Profound, I know.

A well-written, imaginative story, this book by Sherri Schoenborn Murray has believable characters that I feel like I now know intimately. I really can’t rave enough. As I listened via Audible, as opposed to reading a paper copy, I would be negligent to not also tell you about the narrator. As much as I loved the story itself, Sarah Zimmerman made it even better. Her voices and expression added depth to each character and really brought out the humor. She did a beautiful job.

Princess Alia of Blue Sky is a fairly spoiled girl who suddenly finds herself on a journey she could never have dreamt of, a journey that’s quite difficult and long, to meet the betrothed she doesn’t even know she has. Over the course of the trek, under the guise of chicken farmer’s daughter (it’s a dangerous, war-torn world, and the princess whose marriage will unite two kingdoms would be a perfect hostage), Alia learns much about herself, her privileged life, and the people of both her kingdom and those surrounding. She meets murderously mean citizens but also genuinely kindhearted, gentle souls, who would give away the little they have if they think it will benefit someone else. She’s deprived of many comforts and often frustrated by Felix, her “chicken farmer father”.

Many obstacles arise in Alia’s path… gypsies, learning to peel potatoes, not knowing who is to be trusted, giants, swamp pox, and an enchanted forest maze… just to name a few. Once she arrives at her destination, Yonder, Alia’s adventures continue. With so many girls impersonating her, though, Alia must be careful, lest she be deemed a counterfeit princess as well.

This book kept me guessing, kept me wanting “just one more chapter”.🙂 I so enjoyed following along through Alia’s story of growth and true love.

I’d liken this story to a lava cake… on the surface it strikes you as a chocolate cake with the potential of being fabulous, but the inside holds surprises greater than you might have imagined.

(I apologize for any misspellings… Since mine is the Audible version, I never saw the text of this book, only heard it.)