Pondo’s Review: A Royal Christmas Princess

By Scarlet Wilson

After a tough year losing her mom and bills mounting, Holly Yates is in for a lonely Christmas. But when she hears a news report that the small principality of Coronia is looking for their lost princess, Holly is astounded to recognize the baby photo. It’s her!

Felix, also a Coronia royal, whisks Holly into her very own fairy-tale including a castle nestled within the quaint snow-covered Coronia capitol and her biological father, eager to meet his daughter. With Felix by her side as she meets the people of her would-be kingdom and prepares to attend a ball in her honor, Holly begins to fall in love, not just with Coronia, but also with the would-be prince.

Will the handsome prince still be at the side of this unexpected fairy-tale princess when the clock strikes midnight?

I’m a sucker for Christmas romances. Every year I wait anxiously for the new Hallmark and Lifetime movie releases, the Christmas episodes of my favourite shows, and of course the cozy romance reads. I found this one on a Bookbub email that came through a little while ago. The lost princess trope is a guilty pleasure of mine, it catches my interest every time. This book having both a Christmas romance and a lost princess made it a no brainer to download.

As expected, this was a quick and easy read. The plot was what I anticipated with one catch – the love interest was the main character’s second cousin. I know that particular relation is often considered not close enough to be inappropriate but it did make me a bit uncomfortable. To enjoy the other parts of the story, I ignored that detail and pretended Felix was the son of a family friend instead. Call me old fashioned but I like romance to be between two completely unconnected people.

I enjoyed the plot of the book and the character details provided by the author. Absolutely loved the background given to Holly and her family. Plus my Mother’s maiden name is Yates so I thought that was neat. One thing I did find was the the book could have done with one more copy edit. I found a number of spelling errors, strange word choices and a handful of instances where what seemed like important plot points or details were skimmed over too quickly.

Ultimately I enjoyed reading A Royal Christmas Princess, it just probably won’t be a reread.