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07 November 2020

Book Review: A Princess By Christmas by Julia London *Ad - Gifted

I was sent a free copy of A Princess By Christmas by Julia London by Mills and Boon ahead of the blog tour. I was so excited to be invited to join the tour, because I absolutely loved the previous books The Princess Plan and A Royal Kiss and Tell.

A Princess By Christmas by Julia London cover

A Secret.

A Lie.

A Revolution.

Hollis Honeycutt has written her London gazette since the death of her husband – featuring fashion plates, marriage advice, and the latest gossip in and around Mayfair. But now she feels her gazette should have more meaning, cover topics of more consequence than the latest curl cream.

The opportunity presents itself when Hollis overhears rumours of a potential coup in the Kingdom of Wesloria, a coup linked to the highest level of government in London. During her investigation Hollis spies a man with no business lurking around peace talks, and determines to expose him for the traitor he most certainly must be.

When Weslorian Marek Brendan was fifteen he was shocked to discover his heritage was not what he believed – he was whisked away from the Weslorian palace when he was born because there was fear that corrupt forces would try and kidnap him. Now he is determined to stop these corrupt forces staging a coup in his home country. Except for the beautiful woman whose questions are putting his own investigation at risk. Yet soon Marek realises that pretty Hollis can help him. But when he confides his suspicions, Hollis’s loyalties are tested and she must choose between her loyalties to her family, or her heart…

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, gossip, friendship, plotting, royalty. 

Hollis, I think I love you.

Hollis has been there in the background of the two previous books and I have been desperate to discover her story, especially with the snippets of her Gazette. I managed to read it in a single day so it definitely ticked all of the boxes for me. Hollis is so good and kind and generous, and I couldn't help but fight for her side - she's the type of character you want with all of your heart to be happy.

I loved the mistaken-yet-secret-identity lark, it was a very fun spin on a well used trope. With it being something that could hurt her friends, Hollis is extra investigated, even if she weren't always keeping an ear out for her Gazette.

The chemistry between Hollis and Brendan is excellent. There is suspicion and attraction in equal measure. The intrigue added extra drama, and served to bring things to almost boiling point.

As much as this is a series of books, they can absolutely be read as standalones and even out of order. But of course you get the full experience of all of the characters and the drama and the feels if you read them one after the other.

A Princess By Christmas was an absolutely fantastic read, and I loved the Christmas cheer at the end. It's made me even more excited for the festive season, and at one point kind of made me fancy some absinthe. It's fun and you will not regret it.

1 comment:

  1. I've not read these but you make this one sound so good!


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