Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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This was not a season for love.
Someday a chap might ring the Pembroke bell again. Who knew? But sure as his name was Colin Edward Stratton Tattersall, a prince in Brighton Kingdom, he knew it wasn’t going to be him.
No, Prince Colin doesn’t even plan on ringing that chapel bell in declaration of love for Avery Truitt, the athletic, auburn-haired American woman he once fell for. Sure, Avery is back in Brighton for Christmas, but there’s little chance she’ll give Colin a second chance in A Royal Christmas Wedding by author Rachel Hauck.
I’ve heard that fans of The Princess Diaries will enjoy this novel, and while I’ve not read the actual Diaries (I only saw the second movie based on the books), I suspect that it’s true. This novel is unashamedly a fairy tale and should be taken as such, though it does make way for some serious themes, including the tension between father/son respect and disagreement. The story also lays Christmas on thick, which I found absolutely delightful. How I’d relish being amid the festive sights and sounds of Brighton during the holiday season!
Now, even as it’s a fairy tale, and a romance at that, I thought the story went overboard on the “love” theme in places, to the point where it started to feel schmaltzy. Also, for much of the book, Colin’s character didn’t quite have any “oomph” to me. While Avery had ambition and a little daring fire to her, I wasn’t sure what distinctive quality Colin had besides being in love. He did eventually gain some “oomph” in my eyes, though, after certain secrets came to light.
Yes, in reading this novel as a standalone, I jumped in on Book Four of the Royal Wedding series. But fans of fairy tale romances with faith may want to go back and read the entire series after reading this.
The Royal Wedding Series