The gorgeous cover of this story is really what made me want to read it. When I started A Royal Christmas by Melody Carlson, I was expecting a Hallmark type, sweet romance full of Christmas feels set in a charming town. While there was a sweet romance, a charming village, and a lot of Christmas feels, this novella is also packed full of unexpected surprises!
I really liked Adelaide. She was sweet, but she didn’t let people push her around. She made her own decisions and stuck with them. I really enjoyed the developing relationship between her and Anton, although I would’ve liked a bit more romance, or maybe an epilogue would have sufficed. Adelaide and her father formed a nice, believable bond. There was some intrigue and a few other surprises I did not expect but thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the faith message which was basically this quote from the story, “God’s plan in God’s time.”
I really enjoyed this novella and recommend it if you’re looking for a sweet Christmas read with an added touch of intrigue!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light. 4 stars.
Adelaide Smith is too busy for fairy tales. She's been working hard to put herself through law school and now that the end is in sight, she's determined to stay focused on her goals. Then she receives a letter notifying her that she has been found through a DNA registry to be a direct descendant of King Maximillian V, the ruler of a small Eastern European principality called Montovia. She's understandably skeptical. This is the stuff of cheesy made-for-TV movies, not real life.
Although the pieces of this surprising family puzzle seem too good to be true, curiosity gets the best of her. At the king's invitation, Adelaide embarks on a Christmas break trip that is chock-full of surprises, including a charming village, an opulent palace, family mysteries, royal jealousies, a handsome young member of Parliament--and the chance at a real fairy tale romance with a happily-ever-after ending.
Spend this Christmas with bestselling author Melody Carlson as she whisks you away to a royal holiday you'll never forget!
This is a satisfying quick-read story for fans of Melody Carlson and heartwarming family Christmas tales with an underlying romance brewing!