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Christmas at the Castle

(Ever After #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,892 ratings  ·  246 reviews
A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. An unexpected union.

A European getaway during the Christmas holiday is exactly what veterinarian Katrina “Kat” Parsons needs. She can’t wait to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend’s royal wedding, but she hopes to steer clear of the bride’s arrogant older brother.

Crown Prince Guillaume wants his younger sister’s wedding day to be p
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Tule Publishing Group
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Lindsey Yes, this stands on its own. No previous knowledge of the series required. No cliffhanger.

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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Christmas at the Castle is book three in the Ever After series by Melissa McClone.

Katrina “Kat” Parsons grew up knowing that she was not important to her parents. They dumped her off at her Grandparents house when she was a little girl in order to pursue their research in Africa where they eventually died. Her Grandparents loved her and provided her with a wonderful home but they still couldn’t fill the void left by her parents.

female veterinarians:

Kat first met her best friend, Sophie when they were just little gir
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kindle freebie romance time again: Here we have a slightly Cinderella-ish plot about a female veterinarian, Kat Parsons, who is the longtime American BFF of Sophie, a princess of a small (made-up) European country. Princess Sophie has a hot older brother, the crown prince, who views Kat with deep suspicion, because she must be trying to get her claws into some hapless royal guy. And a mother, the queen of their country, who does NOT want her children marrying anyone but the bluest of bluebloods. ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A solid 3 stars for this modern Cinderella-story

Of course, you have to suspend your disbelief entirely for the story to work - don't even give it a go otherwise! -but overall it is a pleasant, clean, entertaining Christmas romance with all the necessary tropes of a Cinderella-goes-to-the-ball-at-Christmas story.

So if you like fluffy love-stories with a royal prince, a commoner Cinderella, castles, Christmas, jealous future-mother-in-law and love-conquers-all-in-the-end, go for it!
Doctor Katrina Parsons grew up on her grandparents ranch, spending her summers at camp. It was at camp that she made friends with Sophia, initially not realising that Sophia's parents were the sovereigns and rulers of a small European country and Sophia is a princess! The two became firm friends, keeping in touch over the years with Sophia coming to stay with Kat and her grandparents sometimes, too. Kat, however, has always declined invitations to visit Sophia - until now.

The big change now is t
J. W. Garrett
“Like most girls, I fantasized about being some sort of a princess.” Julie Andrews

Book 1: The Honeymoon Prize
Book 2: The Cinderella Princess
Book 3: Christmas at the Castle

Book 3 in the Ever After series: This was a free offering through Amazon and was a feel good, HEA, story that was clean and easy to read. It does well as a stand-a-lone. I had not read the other books and I did not even notice I was reading it out of sequence. The crossover with the characters from the previous stories was smo
Bette Hansen
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Katrina “Kat” Parsons and Sophie von Strausser have been best friends since meeting at summer camp years ago. Of course at the time Kat had no idea that Sophie was a real live princess. Now Sophie is getting married during the holiday season and Kat will be spending Christmas in Alistonia, in a castle of all places. This vacation would be wonderful if it weren't for Sophie's brother Crown Prince Guillaume. For some reason he doesn't like or trust Kat. He's convinced she is on the prowl for a ric ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I love a nice bit of romantic fluff at times, and this is that with the added benefit of it being at Christmastime.

An anonymous European monarchy, an American veterinarian, a lovelorn dog, and a yuletide wedding of the hero's sister (who is also the heroine's BFF). Some lovely ingredients for a chilly December night with a dog at your feet and a cup of hot apple cider by your side.
Maria Dimitrova
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This reminded me strongly of The Princess Diaries. And once that happened I knew I'll end up liking it no matter what actually happens plot-wise. Besides I needed a HEA story :)

The male lead is an ass during most of the book but I could understand why he would think the worst of people. I actually felt bad for the poor prince. Kat - the female lead - is adorable and easy to root for :) So if you're looking for a light, fluffy Christmas read don't hesitate to pick Christmas at the Castle.
Quick read. I enjoyed it! The heroine's a little older (late 20s) than she looks on the cover, which is lovely.
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
**I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Every summer, Katrina Parson would spend her days at summer camp, which is where she met her best friend Sophie and her annoying brother Gill. Since Sophie was from another country, the girls weren't able to see each other the rest of the year, but still kept in touch and shared everything about their lives with each other. And, after Sophie tells Kat her secret, she finds it really hard to believe it at
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
This is a sweet (and clean!) romance with a fairy-tale castle, a handsome prince, an evil queen (ok… not evil…just annoying), some mistletoe, and characters you’ll embrace as friends.

Kat is delightful and relatable; her loyalty as a friend combined with the “realness” of her goals and dreams and her love for animals make her a great main character. And Gill … *blissful sigh*. While he is Prince Annoying early on, his Prince Charming alter ego more than makes up for it later on. Gill with his dog
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this modern day romance! Christmas time at a real castle with a real prince? What's not to love?! It was a sweet and fun romance, and if not for a little more suggested innuendo than I'm comfortable with I would have given it a 5 star rating.
Nov 26, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, christmas

I really liked this story. It was cute and xmassy. It had a slow simmer to the romance. If I’m being honest it was pretty vanilla as far as chemistry is concerned. Their attraction wasn’t physical so much as emotional and they became friends first. Which is fine except the length of time it took for their friendship to blossom took far longer than I wanted. It held my attention just enough for me to keep reading though.

I loved Guillaume. He was broody yet
Isha Coleman
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Christmas at the Castle is a fantasy come to life. Kat and Gill's story is a classic in the making. Ms. Mcclone presented these characters in a way that gave an almost ethereal quality to their romance. Kat was magic with her big heart and affinity for animals. Selflessness is an amazing quality to have and she exuded it perfectly. Gill was not a bad person but past hurts made him wary. He was a protector of those that mattered to him and he hid his heart behind mistrust and pain. Kat was his be ...more
Cecily Wolfe
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Very sweet romance with all the charm of a fairy tale. I really liked the friendship between Sophie and Kat, too, which added depth to the story.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't know this was a series. I literally just found out. Oops.
But, it can be read as a standalone. I had no problems with that.

Guilty pleasure #5, books with a royal romance in it. I don't read romance books quite often, but this one was cute and fluffy. I really enjoyed it, and the characters even more. I do need to admit that there where quite some parts that could have been more written out. There is this one 'hateful girl' in the book, and she didn't do a lot. That could have been so m
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This reminded me of a Hallmark Christmas movie. It’s short, sugary sweet, and squeaky clean. The heroines am American who goes to her best friend (a princess) wedding in a small European country. The hero is the older brother and crown prince. It’s predictable but fun. I read it in hopes of getting some holiday spirit but I think I will have to keep searching.

I’m just not feeling Christmas this year...

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Taylor (BiblioTay)
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up for free off of Amazon.

It reads exactly like a Hallmark movie. I absolutely loved it. Even though I haven’t read the previous two books it didn’t hinder me. The sweet holiday romance was exactly what I was in the mood for!
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> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Breathtaking in its' simple elegance. Cover model could be Ms. McClone's oldest daughter's doppelganger. The synopsis sounds like a nice read and while I normally would not choose a book that is billed under the "Inspirational" category, I've found this author's books to be quite enjoyable in the past and hope to enjoy this one as well.
> > Looking Deeper < <
Third person POV.
Kat initially met Sophie and Gill at summer camp as preteens. Kat and Sophie became i
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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Combine a fairy tale-ish country, a few wicked folks, a mistrustful, arrogant brother who just happens to be a prince add one innocent woman who is exactly as she appears and you have the makings of a modern day fairy tale.

Kat hasn’t had an easy life, still she’s upbeat and devoted to the animals she cares for. Close to drowning in college debt and tied to a contract that ensures that she won’t get out from under that pile of owed money for the foreseeable future, Ka
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time there was a beautiful veterinarian who would travel to a faraway land to be in her best friend's wedding. While there, she will kiss a frog (aka Prince Annoying) and make him into her very own Prince Charming.

A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. And an unexpected union.

Katrina "Kat" and Princess Sophie have been best friends since they met as children and met at camp. So when Sophie asks Kat to be in her wedding, she doesn't think twice even if it means traveling at Christmas
Gina Cihacz
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC book free for a voluntary honest review. Wonderful book full of the wonder and magic of the holiday season. Kat, and American meets her BFF Sophie and her BFF's Brother Gill at camp one summer later finding out that her BFF is a princess and her brother, a prince. Gill believing he was the backup prince had dreams, until his older brother stepped down and Gil was faced with his life now being shaped into being King. A Christmas wedding brings Gill and Kat together again. Will ...more
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***

Christmas at the Castle was such a great holiday read that will leave you wanting for more. From the beautiful cover to the intriguing synopsis, McClone delivers a perfect story just in time for Christmas. When Katrina “Kat” Parsons is sent to camp as a teen she never imagined just how her life was going to change after meeting two siblings who turned out to be royalty. Now years later, she is working as a veterinarian when she gets the call
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Katrina Parsons grew up attending a summer camp which is where she met her best friend in life, Sophie and Sophie's annoying brother Gill. Even though the girls led completely different lives away from the camp they kept in touch during the times they weren't together growing up and now as adults Sophie wants her best friend to attend her wedding.

Kat never realized that Sophie and Gill actually came from real royalty in the country that they are from. Heading to what she thought would be a hote
Lenore Kosinski

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

Oh dude, this was so refreshing after my last read! I was sucked right into this one, it was everything I wanted in a Christmas book! I honestly think it just hit all my Lenore buttons, you know? I do find “royal” stories to be a bit of a guilty pleasure, and this one was kind of perfect in that way. The thing that I appreciate in royal books is that often times
celi ♡
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
3.5/5 Stars. This was such a fun and cute read. I really enjoyed the Christmas setting and the royal aspect but it felt like the characters were lacking depth and I couldn’t connect with them. The writing was okay, nothing too great. It was just an adorable Christmas read, which was exactly what I wanted and definitely got.
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
1 star, gill was bland and spineless, kat was just desperate for a family and some sense of belonging, that's the only reason they're really together. the ending where he proposed was so ??? literally 15 pages ago he suggested a fling and now they're going to get married? made no sense and bored me to tears. it's sad because the premise and blurb were intriguing but the evil parents trope is so meh
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, contemporary
This was a really great book. I definitely enjoyed the characters. Written well, great personalities, good dialog, some emotions, laughing and huffing, fun, a little aggravation and a good HEA. Good to read during the holiday season. Enjoy
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cute little Christmas read. Gill really grew on me throughout the book even though at the beginning he was a bit of a beast. The queen was a bit much, but Sophie and Kat were fun characters.

Moral Note: Some mild innuendos, but mostly clean.
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I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, two daughters, son, dog and too many cats! I write "sweeter" contemporary romance novels for Harlequin and Tule Publishing.

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Ever After (3 books)
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