Christmas at the Castle
Book 3, The Ever After Series
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A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. An unexpected union.
A European getaway during the Christmas holiday is exactly what veterinarian Katrina "Kat" Parsons needs. She can't wait to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend's royal wedding, but she hopes to steer clear of the bride's arrogant older brother.
Crown Prince Guillaume wants his younger sister's wedding day to be perfect, but he’s suspicious of her friend. He and his mother on are on high alert, afraid Kat is here not for the wedding, but to find a prince of her own to kiss under the mistletoe.
But when Kat's kindness and generosity prove them wrong, the prince realizes there's more to her than he ever imagined. Can he trust his heart or will he lose the one woman he can't live without?
Katrina “Kat” Parsons and Sophie von Strausser have been best friends since meeting at summer camp years ago. Of course at the time Kat had no idea that Sophie was a real live princess. Now Sophie is getting married during the holiday season and Kat will be spending Christmas in Alistonia, in a castle of all places. This vacation would be wonderful if it weren't for Sophie's brother Crown Prince Guillaume. For some reason he doesn't like or trust Kat. He's convinced she is on the prowl for a rich husband while she's at the castle and he won't let any scandal ruin his sisters wedding. So he plans to keep a very close eye on her. The more time he spends with Kat, the more he likes her though and soon fears he may just lose his own heart to the lovely Kat.
This is a fantastic story and a book I would recommend to everyone.
Finding Your Prince Without Trying
Christmas at the Castle by Melissa McClone is part of the Ever After series. Katrina “Kat” Parsons needed this Christmas holiday visit to Europe, away from the Veterinarian clinic where she practiced. She was so excited to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend’s royal wedding. Kat just hopes that she can stay clear of the bride’s arrogant older brother.
Crown Prince Guillaume “Gill” only wants his younger sister’s wedding day to be perfect. However, he is distrustful of Kat. Both he and his mother are on high alert, afraid that Kat is not just there for the wedding. They fear she is there to find a prince of her own.
Kat’s kindness and generosity prove them wrong. Gill discovers that there is more to Kat than he ever imagined. Can he trust his heart or will he lose the one woman he can’t live without?
This was a sweet, fun and entertaining story with very likeable and authentic characters that you want to cheer on, hoping for that happy ending. The characters were well written with complex characteristics. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down, reading it in one day. I highly recommend this book to other readers.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Sweet Holiday Romance ~ 4.3 / 5
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Breathtaking in its' simple elegance. Cover model could be Ms. McClone's oldest daughter's doppelganger. The synopsis sounds like a nice read and while I normally would not choose a book that is billed under the "Inspirational" category, I've found this author's books to be quite enjoyable in the past and hope to enjoy this one as well.
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Third person POV.
Kat initially met Sophie and Gill at summer camp as preteens. Kat and Sophie became instant best friends, while Gill kept a watchful and distrustful eye on his sister's new friend. It's later revealed that Sophie is a real-life princess and her brother, a prince. Fast-forward fifteen years to present day: Sophie's getting married and asked Kat to be in her wedding. Kat had fought hard to work her way through college and earn her veterinary degree, but now had a mountain of debt to pay off, which was negotiated into a contract with the vet clinic she currently worked at. Saving up for a European trip was not easy, but she could not let her best friend down.
Ms. McClone painted such a fantastic picture of a small European country with a small, quaint, and charming town not far from the Royals' castle. The staff were heart-warming, the other secondaries ran the spectrum of lovable to deplorable, but it made for a richly diverse and full cast. Gill had his moments where he was not so likable, but his reasoning was fairly sound. Kat was completely enjoyable. I was thoroughly entertained by their interactions and slowly developing relationship. Max was a fun addition to the cast.
There were a few conflicts along the way, but all was resolved in the end. Predictability was very low. Their story ended with an epilogue that was solid and satisfying enough, providing the reader with an implied HEA and the prospect of the story continuing on in the background of the next book in the series.
This is a clean read and does not go beyond some kissing. It's billed as an "Inspirational" as well, but I found little to no faith-based subplot. I would consider this to be a Clean Holiday Contemporary. Though it is third in the series, I can say without hesitation that this CAN be read on it's own. I've not read the previous two (but now I want to!) and not once did I feel lost or like I was missing something of vital importance.
Rating: [PG-13] ~ Score: 4.3 ~ Stars: 4
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- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Oct 18, 2016
- Publisher: Tule Publishing
- Seller: Tule Publishing Group, LLC
- Print Length: 273 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 3, The Ever After Series