by Laurel Snyder
Lucy the milkmaid is friends with Wynston, a prince. As she grieves the loss of her mother and solves a mystery surrounding her disappearance, she also goes through a coming-of-age time where she re-evaluates her life and expectations for the future.
On her journey to find her mother she meets new and interesting people and has to use her smarts and abilities to find her way.
Aside from the concerning problem of her running away and not really having any consequences for those actions this was a light, humorous, and tender book. Recommended for ages 10-14.