Everything you need to understand or teach The Betrothed by Kiera Cass.
Kiera Cass's The Betrothed is the first novel in the eponymous series. Hollis Brite is a teenage girl at court when she catches King Jameson's attention. Shortly after, the king declares his intention to marry her, but Hollis has feelings for another: an immigrant from a rival country who is seeking refuge from his evil king. Hollis must choose between social expectations and following her own heart. The novel explores duplicity, romance, power, xenophobia, and isolation.