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A Royal Christmas Fairy Tale–traditions to fairy tale

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A Royal Christmas Fairy Tale

by Karen Schaler

A Royal Christmas Fairy Tale is perfect for readers who enjoy a book infused with:

*the spirit of Christmas
*beautiful snowy backdrops
*Christmas traditions
*the importance of family
*magical, romantic possibilities
*a belief that wishes can come true
*a kinder, gentler way of interacting with others
*royalty who love and respect the citizens of their kingdom

The story centers on:
Alexander—handsome, widowed prince
Isabella—perceptive and generous queen
Anna—precocious princess, enthusiastic, but respectful
Blixen—charming Vizsla dog
Kaylie—investigative reporter

What happens if you are expecting a promotion, but discover at Christmas that the company is making cuts? You accept any job, even if it is a mystery assignment, if it might lead to greater things.

What do you do if your wife dies, and the paparazzi are ruthless in their hounding? You escape to the Caribbean.

With a little royal manipulation, the two are thrown together, with a comfort zone nowhere in sight.

My favorite character is the princess, mature in manners and understanding of the grownup world of royalty, but young in her enjoyment of life. My favorite scene is Kaylie’s arrival in Tolvania, unaware she will be working in a real castle inhabited by royalty. She is greeted by the princess, but thinks it is all pretend and plays along with what she thinks is an imaginary scenario. Confusing and embarrassing for Kaylie. Amusing for the reader.

Along the way I could tell that Kaylie had stepped over a boundary, a law actually. That decision was complicated by a mistake that I knew was coming and which added tension to several chapters as I waited for the issue to explode. If you want a true Christmasy, romantic escape, A Royal Christmas Fairy Tale was written just for you.

I would like to extend my thanks to NetGalley and to HawkTale Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Category: General Fiction (Adult), Romance, Women’s Fiction

Notes: This standalone includes three recipes and two activities in a bonus section.

Publication: October 5, 2021—HawkTale Publishing

Memorable Lines:

She wondered, if she’d had an inspiring art teacher who had encouraged her, instead of telling her all the things she was doing wrong, maybe she would have liked art more.

Kaylie was once again impressed by how many of the royal family’s Christmas traditions included the entire village of Tolvania and focused on giving back and bringing people together.

“Christmas spirit is the heart and soul of Christmas because it celebrates family, faith, friends, community, hope, and love,” the queen said. “You can tell a lot about someone by the way they celebrate and honor Christmas.”


10 Comments

  1. Carla says:

    This sounds a bit familiar to other stories, but still enjoyable. It is coming up for me this week. I hope I like it as much as you did, Linda.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I have not read a lot of Christmas romances. I consider the genre when I rate it. I don’t expect it to have the longevity of A Christmas Carol, but I want it to be Christmasy, make me keep reading and smiling, and have a happy ending. In other words, does it seem like a Hallmark movie?

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      • Carla says:

        I totally agree, Linda. I rate them based on genre and enjoyment as well. It is like my brother always says to me when I watch a Hallmark movie, they’re all the same. Well, not quite, but it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it. 💖📚

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  2. Michelle says:

    This sounds like a Hallmark Christmas movie sort of. It sounds like a cozy book!

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  3. A good review Linda is one I might enjoy. Starting reading DOGGONE DEADLY, the second in a series, and about pets. The first one was enjoyable and this one we at a dog show.

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  4. With all the violence on TV these days this book sounds like a real treasure to me. Thank you Linda!

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  5. This sounds very enjoyable, and yes, it does sound like a Hallmark movie!
    Jenna

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