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Truly Madly Royally

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,004 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She's excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she's definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who's an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming...and unden ...more
Paperback, Point Paperbacks, 289 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Point
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Vicky Again
I LOVED Zora who was such a queen but the love interest Owen was boring. For a prince, he was so...drab. Meh. No chemistry. Zora deserved better. Owen, summed up, was just...polite. He wasn't really charming. He wasn't anything remarkable.

Zora is still awesome though, so read it for her!!!

Still cute & v underrated. Good lower YA reading rec!
I have nothing much to say about this. Put this romance into the hands of its target audience - your elementary or middle school reader obsessed with royalty - the story is tame, proper, inoffensive and cheesy. I was going to compare this book to Disney movies, but on second thought, those movies are actually more fun.

Book club fail #million.
Feb 12, 2019 marked it as tbr-2019-releases
i'm a simple woman. if the love interest is royalty, i'm interested. ...more
Claude's Bookzone
Jan 09, 2021 marked it as dnf
It feels like this is never going to end so I am gonna DNF at 70%.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

3.75 Stars

Full review here

If you’re in the mood for a lovely royal romance this is the perfect book for you! I deeply enjoyed reading from Zora’s perspective. She’s truly witty and knows what she wants. Her program for little kids was such a great idea to include in the book.
Owen was another great character that I loved reading about, I liked how he talked about the royal family and his life back
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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I have always been a fan of books about royalty, so I was naturally drawn to review Truly Madly Royally, which follows a girl who falls for a prince while studying at a prestigious college.

The book is a quick read for summer, and I enjoyed how it depicts what it is like to suddenly be in the media’s eye. As well, there are social issues discussed, such as race as Zora’s classmates are mostly white and privileged, which make the story more meaningful.

Zora is also a
Ms. Woc Reader
I read the description months ago and it peaked my interest. As a preteen to teen I read a few of The Princess Diaries books and Royally Jacked books. I'm so used to this meeting a prince fantasy being played out by cute little white girl from an average town who isn't particularly extraordinary. I've never seen a story like this with a black girl lead so that was exciting. I was also familiar with the author from her books when I was a teen. She did a story on the Kimani Tru print of Harlequin ...more
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Cute and fun and exactly what I wanted. Truly Madly Royally was an insanely quick read that was just fun. The romance was cute, I liked seeing Zora's family, and I really enjoyed to focus on philanthropy. A perfect cute, fun sumemr read. ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's part Princess Diaries, part The Prince & Me, part Will & Kate & Harry & Meghan, and part wholly its own. Together, it added up to a delightful and charming royal romance.

I sort of insta-loved Zora. She grabbed my attention with her sharp wit and humor, but kept me there with her drive, ambition, and huge giving heart. Her love and personal investment in her community was touching and inspiring, and I really delighted in reading about all her service projects and seeing her in action.

Her fam
J. Greene
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Truly Madly Royally was a cute-ish read that lacked a certain something to take it fully over the edge.

Zora is a modern day activist, socialist and do-gooder.

Zora is attending a prestigious college to prepare for (possible) attendance in the fall. While doing this she manages a community program, fully built on the back of an idea she came up with—to better her community.

She’s also in prep to receive awards for her work and grants (hopefully *fingers crossed) to fund her program dutifully called
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Yikes that was awful. I just read through a bunch of reviews and they're all 3-5 stars. Did we read the same book?

I'm a sucker for a good royal love story, but this was not it. It was boring, the characters were flat (ALL of them), and it was somehow rushed and slow at the same time.

The book beats you over the head with how good Zora is. Really. She's really good. Like, really good. She created her own kids program (which in all honesty DID sound cool and sounds like something that is actually
Shorouk Abd Elhamid
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Ow this was cute. I liked the couple and the story .

The book is divided into two parts for me. The first 40% and that was an easy part to read but a weak one. I didn't get enough of any side of any of the characters.They were surface level and I was upset about feeling like that.

The second part was a lot better.It wasn't just because they became a couple but because we got to see the details. We got more of the African representation that I liked alot.Also, we saw more of the volunteer
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it



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- interracial couple + the MC is black? heck yes.

- hallmark movie vibes bro. take that as however you want to.

- sometimes i would just made me grin my face off while reading this.

- zora is a great character.

- decently quick read.


- remember what i said about the hallmark movie thing? well, that was half-pro-half-con. the dialogue has a cringey feel, and i couldn’t help but *yawn*.
Athena of Velaris
"This book is a celebration of women who help women."

I went into this novel with the expectation that it would be a three star, but was sadly disappointed. Everything was just too coinvent and there wasn't real conflict. Nothing was hard for the main couple, nor did they have a ton of chemistry. It was insta-love from page seven, which would have worked had there been conflict, but there wasn't any. None of the characters or relationship felt real: the MC was just so ✨special✨. She liked baking
Mari Johnston
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

If a fast-paced, adorable, funny book that you can get through in a single summer afternoon is what you’re looking for, then Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud is exactly what you need!

So many things happened within this book’s 300 pages, but it never felt like anything was moving too quickly. The pacing was perfect and helped keep things from dragging on too long or getting stale. Every page was fresh and exciting.

Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya-contemporary, ya
TRULY MADLY ROYALLY is one of those super cute and fun contemporary romances that leave readers with a smile. The protagonist has spunk and heart, and who definitely steals the show in this story. A definite recommendation for YA romance readers!

Oh my! How I just loved Zora!! She was such a fabulous heroine and definitely someone I would love as a best friend. I loved all her quirks, that she's super smart, but especially her determination to make a difference. Her meet-cute with Prince Owen was
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was super cute! What can I say I am a sucker for the “oh my gosh you’re a royal” trope! The book also felt very relevant/current given the lovely Prince Harry & Duchess Megan. I recommend it if you want something romantic, sweet, and thoughtful!
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-authors
this was SOOO cute! who doesn’t love a good royalty romance

rep: #ownvoices Black mc
Stay Fetters
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Your community is your family. You never walk alone."

What drew me to this book was obviously the most adorable cover and the quirky title. Then I read the synopsis and I was ready for this. Who doesn’t love a royal romance with the most incredible meet cute?

This book was one of the sweetest and cutest things that I’ve ever read. I couldn’t help but have a smile on my face the entire time. This was more than just a cutesy romance with a young lady from New Jersey and a Prince from across the po
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2020
This is super cute and super pointed, and it frankly EXTREMELY ought to be made into a Netflix teen romcom. Didn’t love the heroine curtseying to her bf’s mother, in part bc UGH Zora you’re better than that!! and in part bc Miss Manners wrote an impassioned moving piece one time on American etiquette forbidding bowing to a foreign monarch, which got me right in my anti-monarchy feelings, but obv that dn rly detract from a story at its heart rooted in community.
I am very unimpressed by this. Based off the blurb, I thought it'd be cute and sweet, something to occupy my attention. It was cute, but it definitely didn't occupy my attention. I spent the last half of the book counting the pages until it was over, which is a good indicator of how I felt about this. I liked Zora, but I just didn't care about her or Owen. I guess this just wasn't my type of book! ...more
Toni Shiloh
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an awesome read. I will definitely read more books by Ms. Rigaud.
Chloe Hall
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Felt like Prince William and Harry had a brother and this is his love life.......
Truly Madly Royally was a book that fell below my radar for so long, and it was actually in the back of another book by the same publisher when I first learnt of it. We have Zora who has overcome her less well off background to gain a scholarship to one of the most prestigious summer schools in the country. Being one of the only black students there, and one who commutes in daily, Zora feels like a fish out of water with all of the over privileged white students she's studying with. One day in t ...more
Moc Mandex
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it

I actually really liked this book, it was a great summer book that was very light and nostalgic for me. It had major princess diary vibes for me which is why I continued reading it. Zora is in my opinion a very well and thoroughly developed character. The issue that I had was that she was too well developed, in other words she was a little too perfect. There were never any scenarios when Zora had to be tested, which I found a bit disappointing.
Owen also had a really good development, he h
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Zora as a person and the fact that she had such cool aspirations and was really passionate about helping her community grow and thrive. I love that she knew who she was and wasn't afraid of being true to herself and her values. Owen was cute, I kind of wish we could have gotten to know him even more but I enjoy that he was so genuine with Zora. I also enjoyed that he actually took interest in the things that she was interested in, especially in regards to her love for african american ...more
Kim Baccellia
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun, light romantic tale where a protagonist of color meets a prince while attending an elite summer program. What I really loved about this tale is how Zora is strong, goal oriented, and not someone to wait for a guy to sweep her off her feet. Hints of Megan Markle meets Prince Harry.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Endlessly charming, positive, and funny, a hometown rom com with a twist!
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty cute and fun book in general. Easy to read, and makes me feel pretty good. Recommend to ya-romance lovers!
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YA author Debbie M. Rigaud began her writing career covering news and entertainment for magazines. She’s interviewed celebs, politicians, social figures and “real” girls. Her writing has appeared in Seventeen, CosmoGIRL!, Essence, J-14, Trace, Heart&Soul and Vibe Vixen, to name a few. Her first YA fiction writing was published in the anthology HALLWAY DIARIES (KimaniTru Press/September 2007). Her ...more

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