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.
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.