It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation.
Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child! So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton.
Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong.
Avery is torn between considering a future in Brighton and taking a coaching job in Georgia, and Colin is finally pushed to pursue what he really wants. Is it too late to convince Avery that she is his true love? And even if he does, will she make it to the chapel on Christmas Day to give him her heart?
Hooray for another Rachel Hauck release! Okay, it might only be a novella but it’s another Brighton Kingdom story so I’m happy.
Rachel Hauck takes her readers back to Brighton Kingdom one more time for a bonus fairy tale in The Royal Wedding series. The American sister-in-law of King Nathaniel is coming to visit her sister for Christmas. She’s also hoping to avoid her ex, who happens to be the king’s cousin. Her plans lie back in the USA, and coaching volleyball at either high school or university level. Cathedral City at Christmas might be romantic, but Avery doesn’t plan on having any of it while she’s there.
The novella’s prologue contains a heartbreaking tragedy from 1834 when a member of the royal family died while taking part in a century-old tradition. I wanted to know more about it and how it impacted the people involved. But that isn’t the focus of the book and so I knew I probably wouldn’t get many answers. The first chapter, however, took me to one of my favorite places: the Georgia coast. The book counts down to Christmas and details events from balls to fundraisers, including appearances on the popular Madeline and Hyacinth show. The young royals remind me very much of Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge.
A Royal Christmas Wedding is very much a fantasy romance. After all, with the exception of Kate Middleton, there aren’t many ordinary women who marry into royalty. There’s also an element of the supernatural: a chapel bell rings when its rope is tied securely to the wall and no one’s touching it. It does help to have read the novels in the series as there are mentions of events from them. This book brings us full circle in the series, focusing on the Truitt sisters and their dreamy royal loves just as Once Upon a Prince did. Finally, there’s a happy ever after epilogue. This is a true Christmas fairytale to warm the heart at any time of year.
Thank you to TNZFiction’s Fiction Guild for my complimentary copy of A Royal Christmas Wedding. No review was required.
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Publisher: Zondervan (a division of HarperCollins Christian)
Publication Date: 18 October 2016
Page Count: 240