When you spend Christmas in a castle, anything is possible.
1860. Lady Alexandrina Gailey is looking forward to a cozy holiday at Windsor Castle with her best friend, Princess Alice, and her long-time crush, Lord George Worthington. But Drina’s plans are all but dashed when Alice’s parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, declare that Alice must choose one of two royal princes to become engaged to before Christmas.
There’s just one problem: George, a junior member of the Foreign Office, has accidentally misplaced one of the princes.
Together, Drina and George scour the town of Windsor for the missing prince, desperately hoping to deliver him to the royal dinner party with the queen and king none the wiser. They might just need a royal Christmas miracle to pull it off.
Title: A Royal Christmas Quandary
Author: Samantha Hastings
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
This book was the perfect Christmas romance I’ve been waiting on to kick-start my holiday reads. It had adventure, humor, and, of course, heart-pounding romance.
There was so much to love about this book, but perhaps one of my favorite parts was the adventures the two main characters, Drina and George, seem to go on. As they search for Drina’s missing cousin, they get into all sorts of trouble. Plus, because of the time period of this book, things that would be normal and fine now, only add to the adventure here.
Along with this adventure, there is a lot of humor which was fun and entertaining. The book is written in third person POV, but the chapters alternate focus between Drina and George. Hearing their thoughts about each other and certain situations were also quite funny. Drina would think of things one way, while George would see things completely differently. I laughed out loud a few times at the different things they each thought while in certain sticky situations.
I also really liked the touch of feminism in the storyline. Since this is a historical romance, I wasn’t expecting to get that aspect in the book, but I think Hastings did a good job of weaving it into the book while staying true to the time period.
Overall, I loved the fun and festiveness of this book. It’s pretty hard for me to be won over by historical romances, but this one had no problem in doing so. I can’t wait to read more by Hastings!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. She is the author of THE LAST WORD, THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER, and A ROYAL CHRISTMAS QUANDARY.