MIDDLETOWN — The holiday season is here, and with it comes festive family traditions. Each of us has a treasured ritual we do each year around this time, whether it’s trimming a tree, baking cookies for Santa or watching a favorite Christmas movie. Terry Boucher’s “Princesses and Peas: A Christmas Love Story” is a book sure to slip into the likes of your favorite family traditions for years to come.
“I have two daughters, both in their 20s now, but when they were young they loved hearing me tell princess stories,” Boucher said. “I would invent short, silly tales for them.”
“One day I thought to myself, ‘I bet I could write and publish a princess story’,” he mused.
Demonstrating a lesson in patience and perseverance, it took Boucher about 15 years to write the book. Raising two children, working full time in the insurance industry and teaching financial math at UConn took up most of his available time. “Though I am a numbers guy by trade, I have always enjoyed writing.”
“Life was busy, but by the time my youngest daughter was in college, I said to myself, ‘It’s now or never.’”
In May of 2019, Boucher’s patience and perseverance paid off when he finally self published his first children’s book with Xlibris, “Princesses and Peas: A Christmas Love Story.”
The book is loosely based on the 1835 Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Princess and the Pea.” In this classic, the royal blood of a young woman is tested by her ability to feel a pea under many mattresses as she sleeps.
“The idea is that a true princess can feel a pea through multiple mattresses because she is so tender and delicate,” Boucher explained. This is where the similarities between Boucher’s book and the classes fairy tale end, though. Boucher created his own original characters and original storyline for the book.
In “Princesses and Peas: A Christmas Love Story,” Prince Kevin is coming of age, and his mother, Lady Victoria, wants him to marry a bona fide princess and continue the royal bloodline.
It’s Christmas time in the story, and Lady Victoria wants to host a holiday party and invite all the eligible young women of the aristocracy to meet Prince Kevin. She hopes her son will fall in love with one of these high-society women and marry them. The prince concedes to the idea, but makes no promises.
Secretly, Lady Victoria plans to use the pea test at the party to root out all of the young women who are not true princesses.
“On Christmas eve, there’s an unexpected knock at the castle door,” said Boucher. “A young woman named Karen and her brother got stuck in a snowbank and came to the castle for help.”
Karen, a commoner, gets the prince’s undivided attention and they bond over a love of books. The next day at the holiday party, Princess Dorothy arrives feeling confident about her chances of winning over Prince Kevin having been tipped off to the pea test.
“As the story goes on, Princess Dorothy ends up bonding more with the prince’s mother than the prince himself. And Prince Kevin bonds with Karen.”
“It’s a story about being true to your own heart,” Boucher explained. “It’s about wanting to marry some one for who they are, not for rank or social status.”
“I hope that reading this book becomes part of the Christmas traditions for families. I want to share the joy that comes from this book with others,” Boucher wrapped up.
The book is currently available for purchase online at www.Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.