August 17

Book Review – The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

August 17, 2015

From Goodreads:
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

I’ve so been looking forward to reading this one! It’s been getting rave reviews from a wide variety of bloggers, and I am just fascinated with the Royal Family. Rumor has it that this story has lots of similarities with the relationship of Kate and Wills. I was so happy when my book club decided to pick it! Did I love it as much as I had hoped? Here are my thoughts:

On the Plus Side:

  • If you have any interest in the Royal Family, this book will definitely appeal to you. I’d like to think that the portrayal of royal life was realistic, and that we get an actual peek into what their lives may look like. I also like thinking about how life changes for those who marry into the Royal Family.
  • I appreciated how Cocks and Morgan portrayed many different facets to all of the characters, both good and bad qualities. It made the characters far more realistic, and it makes you understand all of them better.
  • Even though the book was a tad long, the pacing was good, and I never found myself growing bored with the story.
  • The setting was fun and included lots of details about infamous Royal Family landmarks (I’m wondering how much insider access the authors got because there are some amazing descriptions of what you might see).
  • I enjoyed the portrayal of young love, and how the course of love can take many paths and end up at a similar destination. It isn’t always an easy process, but the book demonstrates how strong and powerful love can be.
  • I would love to know more about the writing process for these two authors, because the writing flows seamlessly and you would never detect that more than one person had a hand in the writing.

On the Minus Side:

  • There were no significant drawbacks for me on this one!

If you love a look at a life that is very different from your own (and you have a secret passion for the Royal Family), then definitely pick this book up. This is a good, fun read.

What did you think of The Royal We? Are there any other fiction books about the Royal Family that you would recommend?

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Posted August 17, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "book review

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