Friday, 23 November 2018

Book Review - Christmas at the Palace by Jeevani Charika

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Title: Christmas at the Palace
Author: Jeevani Charika
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: Zaffre
Publication Date: 18th October 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Snuggle up and fall in love with the perfect holiday romance, as one ordinary girl learns what it means to love a prince, perfect for fans of Heidi Swain. 

Not even in her wildest imaginings did Kumari ever think she'd become a princess. But having fallen for Ben - or rather Prince Benedict, sixth in line to the throne - it looks like nothing will ever go as planned again. And as Christmas rapidly approaches the distinction between family festivities and Royalty becomes ever more apparent.

With the paparazzi hounding her, her job on the line and some rather frustrating royal training, Kumari feels panic set in.

Does loving Prince Charming mean she'll get her fairy tale ending - and on her own terms?

I feel as though I should preface this review by stating that I'm fairly indifferent to the real royal family, and as such don't have huge amounts of information about them. 

That being said I couldn't help but feel that large elements of this book were clearly based on real life, and incredibly well researched.  I felt that the initial news articles about Prince Benedict dating Kumari were potentially realistic and I did wonder to some extent how much this was based on the real relationship between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  

I never intended to read any of the books initially released to tie in with this years Royal Wedding, for various reasons but when this book randomly arrived in the post I was drawn to it, plus I like the author when she writes as Rhoda Baxter, so I knew I would give in to temptation at some point,.  And I am so glad that I have. 

Kumari really is one of the best leading ladies I've read about recently,  she is a strong independent woman who is completely unsure why the Prince is even interested in her.  She is s doctor and works closely with a charity and is close to her family. They are worlds apart but yet as the saying goes, you can't help who you fall in love with. 

I loved seeing how Kumari's attitudes towards everything, and seeing how she deals with everything with poise is rather inspiring. 

Whenever I wasn't reading I was wondering what Kumari was up to now, she really got under my skin and into my heart.  She is a fabulous heroine and a role model. 

I also loved getting up close and personal with a Prince - and learning all about the different traditions within the Royal Institutions.  Benedict is handsome prince indeed, but also he seemed in some ways really down to earth too, as did one of his sisters. 
Originally released as A Royal Wedding, it has been re-named and expanded for Christmas, however I wouldn't really call it a Christmas book.  The bulk of the story has nothing to do with Christmas, however the expanded Christmas section was incredibly well done, and I thoroughly enjoyed not only that but the whole book. 

I adored this book, it is feisty, romantic,  and clearly a lot of love and research has gone into the story from the author It is a modern day fairy story that is contemporary and it has certainly made me look at the real life royals in a new light. 

Thanks to Zaffre for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I really liked the look of this so I'll keep an eye out. X


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