Royal Holiday
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance.Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. . .or are they?

Royal Holiday Details

TitleRoyal Holiday
Author
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Holiday, Christmas, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Royal Holiday Review

  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Cute romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This story had a bit of a unique twist on it in that it is the story of a mother and daughter taking a trip and finding romance.At first thought we would probably be thinking the romance was about the younger woman. However, the author focused on a middle-aged mom in this sweet story.Whisked away for a royal treat, the main characters spend the Christmas holidays time in England with the Duke and Duchess.The author gave us a lighthearted and delightful read that make Cute romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This story had a bit of a unique twist on it in that it is the story of a mother and daughter taking a trip and finding romance.At first thought we would probably be thinking the romance was about the younger woman. However, the author focused on a middle-aged mom in this sweet story.Whisked away for a royal treat, the main characters spend the Christmas holidays time in England with the Duke and Duchess.The author gave us a lighthearted and delightful read that makes you smile the whole way through. Along with the added excitement of meeting a wonderful man unexpectedly, this story truly ignites the heart. Sparks fly from the beginning and we get to enjoy their new found attraction.Written with grace and a tiny bit of spice, we also experience emotional uncertainty as they try and figure out how to date and enjoy themselves after so many years of being single.There are scenes that are awkward, as awkward as one would feel in similar circumstances. There are scenes that are heartwarming and just so sweet. The author has a beautiful talent that describes the rich countryside, the lush accommodations, and the timid and tantalizing new feelings.With just the right amount of heat added to the mix, we have a wonderful story that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy. A wonderful romance for those that love to read stories with mature adults. Nice change of pace.* copy received for review considerationfull review - https://amidlifewife.com/royal-holida...
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Vivian is invited to spend Christmas with her daughter in England. Her daughter was hired as the temporary stylist for a royal. Staying in a “cottage” on the royal’s estate, Vivian has a chance encounter, over scones, with Malcolm, the Queens secretary. They have an instant connection that leads to a sweet romance. Royal Holiday is a light romance that spans two continents. Based on mature characters, it is a refreshing change.I received this ARC copy of Royal Holiday from Berkley Publishing Gro Vivian is invited to spend Christmas with her daughter in England. Her daughter was hired as the temporary stylist for a royal. Staying in a “cottage” on the royal’s estate, Vivian has a chance encounter, over scones, with Malcolm, the Queens secretary. They have an instant connection that leads to a sweet romance. Royal Holiday is a light romance that spans two continents. Based on mature characters, it is a refreshing change.I received this ARC copy of Royal Holiday from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. Royal Holiday is set for publication Oct. 1, 2019.
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  • Nikki S
    January 1, 1970
    3/9/2019WHAT IS THIS AND HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT IT?!
  • Read In Colour
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE that this romance centers on seasoned adults. Yay for love over 50!I'm so excited about Royal Holiday for a number of reasons. I love that Jasmine Guillory took us "across the pond" this time, expanding the location of where black people are found. Also, the fact that Malcolm is a black man working as secretary to the Queen of England? Oh my God! But what stood out most to me were the ages of Malcolm and Vivian. Far too often protagonists in romances are 20 or 30 somethings, so it was ref I LOVE that this romance centers on seasoned adults. Yay for love over 50!I'm so excited about Royal Holiday for a number of reasons. I love that Jasmine Guillory took us "across the pond" this time, expanding the location of where black people are found. Also, the fact that Malcolm is a black man working as secretary to the Queen of England? Oh my God! But what stood out most to me were the ages of Malcolm and Vivian. Far too often protagonists in romances are 20 or 30 somethings, so it was refreshing to explore the romance of the 50 and up crowd.I loved how both of their past experiences (and wisdom) informed their conversations, how they acted with each other and how they conducted their relationship. I honestly can't get enough of Guillory's writing and can't wait to read more from her.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    i am very ready for this
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/ 5 starsThis book was charming and wonderful!Royal Holiday is a contemporary romance in the Wedding Date series (it is book 4). It features Vivian, Maddie's mom. Maddie is the only crossover character in this book.The story takes place in England over the Christmas holidays and has a royal connection. This book will be a wonderful holiday read.The narrators are Vivian and Malcolm (3rd person POVs). Maddie gets a job in the UK working for the royal family. And she asks her mom to tag along. T 4.5/ 5 starsThis book was charming and wonderful!Royal Holiday is a contemporary romance in the Wedding Date series (it is book 4). It features Vivian, Maddie's mom. Maddie is the only crossover character in this book.The story takes place in England over the Christmas holidays and has a royal connection. This book will be a wonderful holiday read.The narrators are Vivian and Malcolm (3rd person POVs). Maddie gets a job in the UK working for the royal family. And she asks her mom to tag along. The inspiration for Vivian was Meghan Markle's mom. It was nice to see the main character be a black woman in her 50s. Malcolm works for the royal family.I loved getting to see so much of Maddie (she is featured in the previous books and her story is in the Wedding Party). I also loved the royal aspect of this story. Maddie and Vivian stay in a fancy place. And there are all sorts of great royal encounters.This book was quick, fun, charming and lovely. I really enjoyed it. Was it wildly unpredictable? No. But it will make you smile. This was a wonderful addition to this series.Thanks to edelweiss and Berkley for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
  • Jessica Jeffers
    January 1, 1970
    My least favorite Jasmine Guillory novel to date; I think it's because the set-up involves way more suspension of disbelief than her other books. The romance is charming but it was hard for me to really buy into the premise. More to come.
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    Who says Romance Ends at a Certain Age...Leave it to Jasmine Guillory to Show how it is done...We are in England, rubbing elbows with the Royals...Vivian Forest, Maddie's mom, is there, taking all the sights in...And Oh, My, Goodness...A Royal Connection is made...Malcolm Hudson has been the Queen's Private Secretary for years...And Never, Ever, has he given a personal tour...But something about Vivian causes him to do just that...What may have started out as a simple connection...Could turn in Who says Romance Ends at a Certain Age...Leave it to Jasmine Guillory to Show how it is done...We are in England, rubbing elbows with the Royals...Vivian Forest, Maddie's mom, is there, taking all the sights in...And Oh, My, Goodness...A Royal Connection is made...Malcolm Hudson has been the Queen's Private Secretary for years...And Never, Ever, has he given a personal tour...But something about Vivian causes him to do just that...What may have started out as a simple connection...Could turn into something altogether more...We will just have to see what happens on this... Royal Holiday-October 1st 2019 The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The Proposal (The Wedding Date #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4)https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Megan Sanks
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a complete Christmas fantasy, and I loved it! If a romance is to be judged by how embarrassed I am to read it in public, then this one did great because I giggled embarrassingly to myself a lot.
  • Karen Hayes
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet, charming romance with mature adults! Ooh, we need more of these - I loved getting to know Maddie's mom, Vivian, after meeting her in The Wedding Party. Malcolm and Vivian were delightful, forthright, and had a lot of chemistry! They were grownups with jobs, past relationships, children/nephews, and I loved reading about their path to romance. They talked about problems, there were no idiotic contrivances... it was a charming delight start to finish.
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  • Jacqueline Francis
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun and sweet story. It was VERY different from The Wedding Date and The Proposal. Please don't go into this book expecting a carbon copy of those two! I enjoyed the middle aged romance take! I honestly didn't read the premise going into it, so I automatically assumed the story was going to be about the middle-aged heroine's daughter. How delightfully tickled I was to find out it would be about the mother herself! :) I enjoyed this fun read. It was cute and interesting, a little low o This was a fun and sweet story. It was VERY different from The Wedding Date and The Proposal. Please don't go into this book expecting a carbon copy of those two! I enjoyed the middle aged romance take! I honestly didn't read the premise going into it, so I automatically assumed the story was going to be about the middle-aged heroine's daughter. How delightfully tickled I was to find out it would be about the mother herself! :) I enjoyed this fun read. It was cute and interesting, a little low on steam but that's okay! I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jillian Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    It's so easy to love her books - I adore how fun it is to imagine to the great movie it will make. I'd cast Vivian, Maddie's mom from The Wedding Party, with Phylicia Rashad or Octavia Spencer. Malcolm is totally Idris Elba :D If you love her books, or are new to them - this is idea read (it's a little less racy, without sacrificing any of the giddy, connective storytelling). Galley borrowed from the publisher.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    This was probably more of a 3.5. Very cute light romance featuring main characters in their 50s which is pretty refreshing. Vivian, the female lead, is a social worker, single mom to an adult daughter, and a strong, charismatic, empathetic character. I liked her a lot! She accompanies her daughter on a work trip to England where she meets the Queen's assistant and what happens next is adorable dating and witty conversation. I honestly wasn't sure how their romance would be wrapped up so I apprec This was probably more of a 3.5. Very cute light romance featuring main characters in their 50s which is pretty refreshing. Vivian, the female lead, is a social worker, single mom to an adult daughter, and a strong, charismatic, empathetic character. I liked her a lot! She accompanies her daughter on a work trip to England where she meets the Queen's assistant and what happens next is adorable dating and witty conversation. I honestly wasn't sure how their romance would be wrapped up so I appreciated having some slight suspense, as in it wasn't too predictable. Quite enjoyable.PS I saw the author speak on a panel of romance writers at the LA Times Festival of Books and she was so exuberant and real and now I kind of want to meet her and also read all of her books.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    By now I think I would read a training manual if it was written by Jasmine Guillory. I have read and enjoyed all her books. I love the characters she creates and their witty and heartfelt HEAs. This book is from the emerging Romance subgenre called Seasoned Romance. The main characters of Royal Holiday are in their early to mid-fifties. It was delightful to watch their attraction grow through the handwritten notes and later the postcards they sent to each other. Seasoned Romances show that there By now I think I would read a training manual if it was written by Jasmine Guillory. I have read and enjoyed all her books. I love the characters she creates and their witty and heartfelt HEAs. This book is from the emerging Romance subgenre called Seasoned Romance. The main characters of Royal Holiday are in their early to mid-fifties. It was delightful to watch their attraction grow through the handwritten notes and later the postcards they sent to each other. Seasoned Romances show that there is no age limit on opening up your heart to someone and taking a chance on love. Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for the ARC
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  • Chris Markley
    January 1, 1970
    An unexpected trip to England with her daughter leads to an unexpected meeting of a man that is handsome, smart, and interested in her. But how can a connection on vacation in a distant country ever be more than a fling? A story that will leave your heart full.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I love romances with older protagonists. This was very sweet.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Jasmine Guillory is the queen of modern romance, and "Royal Holiday" proves it! (Seriously, where is her tiara?)Vivian Forest is a hardworking social worker, who devotes so much time, effort, and energy into helping other people solve their problems. But she's never really taken the time to care for herself. So when her daughter, Maddie, invites her to go spend Christmas in England, she hesitates but agrees. The abso I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Jasmine Guillory is the queen of modern romance, and "Royal Holiday" proves it! (Seriously, where is her tiara?)Vivian Forest is a hardworking social worker, who devotes so much time, effort, and energy into helping other people solve their problems. But she's never really taken the time to care for herself. So when her daughter, Maddie, invites her to go spend Christmas in England, she hesitates but agrees. The absolute last thing she was expecting to encounter across the pond, however, is the Queen of England's secretary, who happens to be an incredibly handsome black man her age that makes her swoon.Malcolm Hudson just came to the Duke and Duchess' cottage for some scones. The last thing he expected was to become immediately besotted by a beautiful black American woman, visiting with her stylist daughter. He soon finds himself going out of his way--and busy, demanding schedule--to spend time with Vivian, telling her things about himself he never would to anyone else and finding himself happier than he has been in years. He wants to make her Christmas and time in England the best. But Malcolm can't help but wonder, what is it about Vivian that makes him go beyond his own boundaries, to relax and be more of himself around her?A fantastic addition to the world of "The Wedding Date", "Royal Holiday" is fun, fluffy, and a perfect read no matter the time of year. It is also an amazing romance novel with an unusual hero and heroine: both are over the age of fifty. This is great for a number of reasons. One is that this is not the typical age-range for romance novel protagonists, but that doesn't make it any less of a romance novel with all of the lovely, fluffy things that happen as the hero and heroine get to know each other and just have fun together. (Though there's a lot of tea and scones in this book, Vivian and Malcolm have plenty of adventures and cute date-like activities.) Another is that the characters have a maturity in handling interpersonal relationship problems in ways that younger protagonists often either can't or don't; they don't let issues linger, and they handle them through communication. That is not to say they are immediately addressed, or there is no awkwardness, or even that there is a perfect solution with a neat bow. But it is definitely model relationship behavior. And then, of course, there is that there is no age limit on finding true love!Get your share of Christmas cheer (and pray that the final copy comes with a recipe for those scones) with "Royal Holiday"!
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted so much to love this one, not least because it's a Romance featuring a hero and heroine who are both in their 50s. Unfortunately, although I did like it quite a bit, the whole thing felt a bit flat. To be perfectly honest, it felt like it needed more time in editing and development to really bring it to life. There was some spark or sparkle that seemed to be missing and I can't quite put my finger on what it was. Was it that there was very little conflict between these characters? Was i I wanted so much to love this one, not least because it's a Romance featuring a hero and heroine who are both in their 50s. Unfortunately, although I did like it quite a bit, the whole thing felt a bit flat. To be perfectly honest, it felt like it needed more time in editing and development to really bring it to life. There was some spark or sparkle that seemed to be missing and I can't quite put my finger on what it was. Was it that there was very little conflict between these characters? Was it that their interactions seemed overly chaste and proper and bland? Both? Whatever it was, it kept me from feeling any sort of sexual tension between these two.It also felt like the author needed to talk to some people in their 50s—especially women—about the changes to their bodies and how those changes affect sex drive and responsiveness. And about a lot of other things, too. I was a little taken out of the book when Vivian was chosen as her boss's "heir presumptive." The truth is that a woman in her fifties is much more likely to be told that her new boss is someone in their thirties and that she is expected to help train them. I get that this is a r0m-com and that these types of realities take away from the "com" aspect, but books should address these issues, even books that are not "issue" books, and Vivian having to decide whether the top job was worth fighting for could have added some interesting depth to both the story and the character.I love seeing over-40 characters as protagonists in a genre in which thirty-somethings are too often at the upper end of the age range, but there are challenges that these "older" characters would face that are very different than those faced by their twenty- or thirty-something counterparts. If authors are going to continue to write older protagonists (and I dearly hope they do), they need to write them true-to-age, which is going to mean research if they want to get it right.Which is all to say that the story is cute and will probably be well-received by the target readership of 18- to 35-year olds, but as a woman only a few years younger than Vivian, I found it frustrating in a lot of ways.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Vivian's daughter will be working away in England (at Sandrigham Castle) over Christmas. When the invitation is extended for Vivian to join, she is hesitant but excited. Once in England, she meets Malcolm, private secretary for the Queen. Malcolm is content in his employment, and proud of his position. He has a nephew, who he loves dearly, who will be attending a prestigious university. His life is calm and steady. When Malcolm and Vivian meet (over scones), they both are attracted to each other Vivian's daughter will be working away in England (at Sandrigham Castle) over Christmas. When the invitation is extended for Vivian to join, she is hesitant but excited. Once in England, she meets Malcolm, private secretary for the Queen. Malcolm is content in his employment, and proud of his position. He has a nephew, who he loves dearly, who will be attending a prestigious university. His life is calm and steady. When Malcolm and Vivian meet (over scones), they both are attracted to each other. As the spend time together at the castle, that attract grows. But Malcolm is leaving after a few, short days to go back to London, and Vivian will be returning to San Francisco a few days later. Both have careers that are satisfying and lives in different countries.What I appreciated about this book was how much fun the characters had with each other. They enjoyed each other's company and together they were stronger then apart. I really enjoyed reading about characters that were older than 50 years. Real people fall in love after the age of 30 or 40 - even though few romance novels are about them. As I was reading this book I was wondering how would the author give these characters a happy ending and remain true to their characters. (view spoiler)[I didn't want one to "abandon" their life and career and move. They seemed to find a nice compromise. BTW: The postcards were so sweet! (hide spoiler)]I really enjoyed this holiday read, and I can see myself rereading this book again.I received a copy of this title through Netgalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    January 1, 1970
    Not having really read anything about this one before I requested it (um, have you seen that cover? if so, can you really blame me?), I was pleasantly surprised to realize that Royal Holiday centered on the mother of the heroine from book three. There aren't that many romance novels about people over thirty, and it's nice to know this one's going to be very mainstream.Since I read this one immediately after daughter Maddie's book (The Wedding Party), I can state with assurance that Guillory's wr Not having really read anything about this one before I requested it (um, have you seen that cover? if so, can you really blame me?), I was pleasantly surprised to realize that Royal Holiday centered on the mother of the heroine from book three. There aren't that many romance novels about people over thirty, and it's nice to know this one's going to be very mainstream.Since I read this one immediately after daughter Maddie's book (The Wedding Party), I can state with assurance that Guillory's writing style has improved from that book to this one. The prose flows better and feels less forced. Writing-wise, this is definitely my favorite of them.The romance is deeply sweet, but I'll admit that I wanted more chemistry for these two. There's very little banter, something made more obvious by the constant references to how much Malcolm and Vivian make each other laugh when nothing funny had actually happened. I like them (and enjoyed picturing him as Idris Elba because why would you not), but I wanted to ship them fiercely and only got to mildly.However, I did really like the way that Vivian handled conflict, with a rational head and convincing logical arguments. Malcolm, for all his correctness, is the less rational of the two, which I like. Vivian's got a great quiet strength that shows in her behavior throughout. I also liked how her emotional arc was all about taking care of herself and doing what makes her happy, even if it isn't the most practical choice on paper.A pleasant, swift read. Guillory's definitely improving with each book.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Hardworking hospital social worker Vivian Forest takes a long-overdue vacation to the English countryside, accompanying her daughter, Maddie, who's been hired to fill in as stylist to the Duchess during the Christmas holidays. The first morning they are at Sandringham, Vivian visits the kitchen to get some breakfast and discovers not only the cook's scrumptious scones, but also the equally scrumptious private secretary to the Queen, whom Vivian mentally nicknames "Hot Chocolate." The usually res Hardworking hospital social worker Vivian Forest takes a long-overdue vacation to the English countryside, accompanying her daughter, Maddie, who's been hired to fill in as stylist to the Duchess during the Christmas holidays. The first morning they are at Sandringham, Vivian visits the kitchen to get some breakfast and discovers not only the cook's scrumptious scones, but also the equally scrumptious private secretary to the Queen, whom Vivian mentally nicknames "Hot Chocolate." The usually reserved Malcolm is astonished to find himself offering to give Vivian a tour, and even more startled when their flirtation grows to include horseback riding lessons, an exchange of humorous handwritten notes, kissing under mistletoe, and a full-blown fling. Sadly, all vacation flings must end, however. ...Musn't they?I absolutely love that both Vivian and Malcolm are in their fifties. It's so nice to read about characters with established careers and lives, who know who they are and what they like and aren't straining to prove themselves. I so enjoyed Vivian's problem-solving skills and quiet, confident manner in rescuing Malcolm's relationship with his nephew. It did take Vivian a ridiculously long time to decide what to do about her promotion opportunity and Malcolm to sort through his feelings for Vivian, though. But it was probably pretty realistic.For readers' advisors: character doorway is primary. There is some swearing and sex, although not especially explicit. No violence. The story takes place mostly in England, but also partly in the San Francisco Bay area. It's book #4 in a contemporary romance novel series featuring African-American protagonists, which I didn't realize until after I started reading, but it didn't seem to matter much that I read out of order.Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read an eGalley copy!
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  • Rachel Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for the perfect Christmas-themed book, this is the book for you! This book the Christmas and Royal romance read that you have been waiting for. Christmas has always been predictable in the Forrest household. Until this year when Vivian is swept away from her day-to-day life as a social worker by her daughter Maddie. Maddie is a stylist and can't pass up the opportunity to style the Duchess for the holidays. With short notice, both Maddie and Vivian are off to celebrate the holi If you're looking for the perfect Christmas-themed book, this is the book for you! This book the Christmas and Royal romance read that you have been waiting for. Christmas has always been predictable in the Forrest household. Until this year when Vivian is swept away from her day-to-day life as a social worker by her daughter Maddie. Maddie is a stylist and can't pass up the opportunity to style the Duchess for the holidays. With short notice, both Maddie and Vivian are off to celebrate the holidays in England. Just when Vivian assumes she will have a quiet and relaxing trip while Maddie is working, she meets Malcolm Hudson. These characters were relatable and genuine, most romances are hard to read because the plot is so predictable and the characters are just stereotypes. Jasmine Guillory, manages to break the stereotypes and make her characters feel like people that you actually know. Every book I've read in this series feels like a friend telling me their story. The book is so easy to fall into and escape the rest of the world. I finished this book in two days it was so good. Seriously, put it on your Christmas list already. Or pre-order it because it comes out October 1. I received this ARC copy of Royal Holiday from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. Royal Holiday is set for publication Oct. 1, 2019
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    When Vivian Forest's daughter Maddie gets a job over Christmas, to work with a member of the British royal family, she invites her mother to come along. Vivian is thrilled to be staying on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. And when she meets Malcolm, the Queen's private secretary she is immediately attracted to him. Will her encounter with this elegant man turn into a typical holiday affair, or could it led to something more?Jasmine Guillory has written a fun romantic comedy that captures the s When Vivian Forest's daughter Maddie gets a job over Christmas, to work with a member of the British royal family, she invites her mother to come along. Vivian is thrilled to be staying on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. And when she meets Malcolm, the Queen's private secretary she is immediately attracted to him. Will her encounter with this elegant man turn into a typical holiday affair, or could it led to something more?Jasmine Guillory has written a fun romantic comedy that captures the spirit of Christmas in the UK. Vivian is a character that I couldn't help, but love. I am sure other readers will feel the same. Right from the start, I wanted things to turn out well for her. Malcolm was also a fun character, especially when he showed his stubborn side now and again. The mix of well-developed characters and a fantastic setting is what makes this book work. And if you thought romance was dead, you will be thrilled to find that it is alive and well in Guillory's world and buzzing thorough the pages of Royal Holiday. This will be a great holiday read for those looking for a contemporary, heartwarming story.Thanks to Berkley Publishing for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.More reviews at: www.susannesbooklist.blogspot.com
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review*I love Jasmine Guillory and loved this festive book that brings me back into the world she has created. This book focuses on Vivian, the mother of Maddie from The Wedding Party and takes us all the way to England, and in fact into the house of the Royal Family.I love the change of scenery in this book as well as it mainly takes place in the United Kingdom, but I mainly love that this is a love story between two people in their 50 *I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review*I love Jasmine Guillory and loved this festive book that brings me back into the world she has created. This book focuses on Vivian, the mother of Maddie from The Wedding Party and takes us all the way to England, and in fact into the house of the Royal Family.I love the change of scenery in this book as well as it mainly takes place in the United Kingdom, but I mainly love that this is a love story between two people in their 50's. So many Romance books are dominated by younger protagonists so being able to read a book from an older perspective was cool and I am sure will appeal to a lot of readers.I also really loved the character of Vivian as she reminded me in a lot of ways to myself and I love that she was a strong, career-minded person, but also how open she was to Malcolm. Overall this book gave me a lot of warm fuzzy feelings and will be perfect for a cozy winter read (hopefully with a fireplace and warm beverage).
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    “Royal Holiday” is a fun story about Maddie and her mother Vivian as they take a trip to England over the holidays while Maddie acts as a stylist for someone in the royal family. While Maddie gets down to work, Vivian is left to wander England and enjoy herself, and she meets Malcom, the Queen’s secretary. Romance, fun, and adventure ensues. As usual, Jasmine Guillroy weaves a romantic, fun story that keeps you engaged until the last page. I really loved the characters, and adding the “complicat “Royal Holiday” is a fun story about Maddie and her mother Vivian as they take a trip to England over the holidays while Maddie acts as a stylist for someone in the royal family. While Maddie gets down to work, Vivian is left to wander England and enjoy herself, and she meets Malcom, the Queen’s secretary. Romance, fun, and adventure ensues. As usual, Jasmine Guillroy weaves a romantic, fun story that keeps you engaged until the last page. I really loved the characters, and adding the “complication” of the two love interests living in different countries was a nice touch. I also really appreciated that both of them were over fifty. That is a pretty unusual thing to find in this genre, even though it shouldn’t be! People over fifty have epic romances too! It was nice to see a maturity in the main characters that you don’t always find with younger characters, and it was very refreshing. Between that, and the Christmas setting, it was a hit for me! I was given an advanced reader's copy via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Maddie, a stylist in San Francisco, has an opportunity to work the Christmas holidays for an actual Duchess in England. She doesn't want to spend the holidays away from her mom, so she makes her come with her. While there, Vivian, Maddie's mom, befriends Malcolm, personal secretary to the Queen of England. Despite the time limit on their romance, they dive in head first.This is the 4th in Guillory's series and this follows Maddie from book 3, The Wedding Party, and her mom. This time we not only Maddie, a stylist in San Francisco, has an opportunity to work the Christmas holidays for an actual Duchess in England. She doesn't want to spend the holidays away from her mom, so she makes her come with her. While there, Vivian, Maddie's mom, befriends Malcolm, personal secretary to the Queen of England. Despite the time limit on their romance, they dive in head first.This is the 4th in Guillory's series and this follows Maddie from book 3, The Wedding Party, and her mom. This time we not only get a new setting, it's on an entirely different continent and with more mature protagonists. Guillory is proving to be adept at these sweet and steamy romances. Maddie plays a very small roll and neither of the main characters from books 1 or 2 are mentioned. Honesty time: I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much. I felt like the middle drug along with nothing much happening. This also felt much shorter and probably could have been more of a novella if some of the middle was dropped. I still enjoyed it, but it's definitely my least favorite of the series.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for providing this free eARC.If you hadn't heard, this book was inspired by this tweet . And honestly, this is a very good set up for a romance. Jasmine did change the particulars - instead of the Duchess's mom, we get Maddie's mom, joining a Christmas trip to style the duchess. She meets the queen's private secretary, and proceeds to have a very happy holiday indeed. This book shares characters with the Wedding Party (We see Maddie and hear about Theo) and Jasmi Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for providing this free eARC.If you hadn't heard, this book was inspired by this tweet . And honestly, this is a very good set up for a romance. Jasmine did change the particulars - instead of the Duchess's mom, we get Maddie's mom, joining a Christmas trip to style the duchess. She meets the queen's private secretary, and proceeds to have a very happy holiday indeed. This book shares characters with the Wedding Party (We see Maddie and hear about Theo) and Jasmine's previous books, but can easily be a standalone. It isn't my favorite of Jasmine's books, but Jasmine is ALWAYS excellent and this is no exception. I want a Netflix Christmas movie of this book so badly. It would be SO, SO perfect and timely. DO IT YOU COWARDS!As always, if you like a fun romance with good characters, pick up one of Jasmine's books. If you like bonus royal content or older hero/heroine, this one is for you!
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Jasmine Guillory tackles a transatlantic romance with Vivian, the mother of Maddie (the protagonist from The Wedding Party). Vivian gets the vacation of a lifetime when her daughter invites her to spend Christmas with the royal family in England. A chance encounter with the private secretary to the Queen, Malcolm, only promises to make things more interesting when Vivian decides to live it up a little. Because the main characters are in their 50s, Guillory's approach to the "seasoned romance" wa Jasmine Guillory tackles a transatlantic romance with Vivian, the mother of Maddie (the protagonist from The Wedding Party). Vivian gets the vacation of a lifetime when her daughter invites her to spend Christmas with the royal family in England. A chance encounter with the private secretary to the Queen, Malcolm, only promises to make things more interesting when Vivian decides to live it up a little. Because the main characters are in their 50s, Guillory's approach to the "seasoned romance" was a bit more sedate than in her previous books with younger characters. Nevertheless, this book bolsters the testament of love happening at any age.Full disclosure: ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ann-marie
    January 1, 1970
    This is Ms. Guillory fourth novel and am happy to say I have read them all. In this novel we get the HEA after of Maddie(third book) mom love story. Vivian accompanies her daughter to London to dress the duchess and runs into a handsome man of her age who works for the Queen. So begins this novel about an older couple. I love when authors do this have their main characters be over 30. It makes the storyline more believable and realistic. This is set in Christmas/New years eve time. So it takes a This is Ms. Guillory fourth novel and am happy to say I have read them all. In this novel we get the HEA after of Maddie(third book) mom love story. Vivian accompanies her daughter to London to dress the duchess and runs into a handsome man of her age who works for the Queen. So begins this novel about an older couple. I love when authors do this have their main characters be over 30. It makes the storyline more believable and realistic. This is set in Christmas/New years eve time. So it takes alot to put the heat of summer out of your mind and read a Christmas love story. With a story where the lovers do not live on the same continent makes you the reader wonder whom of the two will give up their life and move with the other. I love how the author do not totally settle it but make a way where the couple will see each other regular. Again not hit by Ms. Guillory. Review will be on goodreads and amazon.
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