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19 November 2018

Blog Tour: Book Review: Christmas at the Palace by Jeevani Charika

I am a sucker for stories like Christmas at the Palace, where a regular person is swept up by royal life, wholly unexpectedly. I love the romance and how dazzling everything is, how perceptions change and characters grow. And this was no exception. It's light and funny and uplifting, but doesn't stray away from the darker side of life in the spotlight.

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Campaigner, feminist, doctor, humanitarian - all words that Kumari would use to describe herself. Potential princess? Not even in the vocabulary.

But when Kumari's charity work catapults her into the limelight and brings her to the attention of Prince Benedict - playboy prince and sixth in line to the British throne - all bets are off.

Royal party boy, charming rogue, England's most eligible bachelor - Prince Benedict is all those things. Or at least he was. These days he's taking life more seriously, following in his dear mother's footsteps and focusing on charitable causes.

When he meets Kumari the attraction between them is instant. But, according to the press, Prince Benedict might just have found the most unsuitable bride.

Will love win the day?

Source: Review Copy | Blog Tour

5 Words: Family, love, friendship, change, pressure.

I absolutely loved this book, and I wouldn't be lying if I were to say that it hit all of my catnip tropes. Surprise royals? Uneven power dynamics? Fiercely feminist lead? SOFT PRECIOUS CHARACTERS? Basically this book was perfect for me, the perfect escape, and I already want to read it again.

I loved Kumari. She's such an angel, and so full of kindness and generosity. I love how strong her convictions are, how GOOD she is, how she treats those around her. She's brave and fierce and a little bit fragile, and all the better for it. She's smart and savvy and sometimes scared, and I love how her story shows that it's is OK.

The romance itself is sweet, and if it's a bit of a whirlwind to start, it still works perfectly. I loved the exploration of the pressure of the press and paparazzi, the judging from all sides, the way images can be twisted into narratives far removed from the truth.

I wouldn't say that this book is necessarily super Christmas-y, but it was a lovely read and it did give me all of the heart-warming festive vibes I'm after. And I think you can probably read this at any time of year when you're looking to be cheered up. It's a story to make you smile.

So yeah, go get this book and read it, and turn the last page with a heart full of love and joy.


  1. Oh this sounds like the perfect festive read! I love books like this that are so full of joy, I'll definitely add it to my TBR!
    Hels XX

  2. Sounds like an amazing read for when you're in a festive mood! Lovely review, Cora!😊

    Shirley |

  3. Love the sound of this, I have only really started reading Christmas books this year. I love the cover of this as well. Great review xerox

    Emma x

  4. Sounds interesting, but with that title, you would think that you'd get something more festive.

  5. Sounds interesting! I like to see what other people are reading! I definitely need to read more!


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