Review: The Royal We

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Today, I’m happy to share my review of The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.  I think that Katie might have recommended it at some point in the past, and I’m so glad she did.

Via Amazon:

American Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess, but it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall-and Bex who finds herself accidentally in love with the heir to the British throne. Nick is wonderful, but he comes with unimaginable baggage: a complicated family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a Brit. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex looks back on how much she’s had to give up for true love… and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.

I give The Royal We a warm and fuzzy four out of five stars.

Warm and fuzzy?  Yes.

Let’s be clear: The Royal We is fluff.  It’s the popular fiction equivalent of a cozy mystery.  But it is the best kind of fluff, and what’s more, it’s a compelling page-turner and is actually pretty well written (if peppered with some factual errors).

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention from the get-go that this is very obviously Kate Midfleton fan fiction (I mean, look at that cover). It is. And I like it.  An American student goes to study abroad at Oxford, happens to tumble into a prince, and falls in love (it’s more complex, no spoilers here).  It’s a daydream played out over 450-some pages.  It’s tumultuous and not all fairy tale, and at times is written such that it feels kind of authentic.

Is this great Literature (with a capital “L”)? No, it’s not.  But for read-anything library patrons, Princess Diaries fans who are looking for a more adult fix, or reluctant readers who need to find a place to start, The Royal We is a solid pick that will keep them turning pages.

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