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Royal Holiday

(The Wedding Date #4)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  28 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory makes her hardcover debut with a heartwarming Christmas 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 ma
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Berkley
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    Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date, #4)
    Release date: Oct 01, 2019
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    Apr 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: contemporary, romance
    The holiday season blessings.

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    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
    Nikki S
    Mar 09, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

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    Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Jun 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    i am very ready for this
    Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: edelweiss
    4.5/ 5 stars

    This 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
    Jacqueline Francis
    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
    Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
    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
    I love romances with older protagonists. This was very sweet.
    Jillian Doherty
    Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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.

    Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
    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 ...more
    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 ...more
    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    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
    Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019, netgalley, arc
    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
    Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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 ...more
    Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    An extremely sweet holiday fantasy. Vivian’s daughter Maddie (star of the previous book in Guillory’s series) invites her mom to tag along to England for a styling job at Christmas. Vivian has devoted her life to social work and raising her daughter alone, so she jumps at the chance to travel. And whom should she meet at the royal residence but Malcolm, a tall drink of hot chocolate, private secretary to the Queen, who is only too happy to escort Vivian around to see the sights.

    I always enjoy se
    Candace Worrell
    This book needs a new title--It was extremely disappointing to realize that she would not be romantically entangled with a royal but a member of the staff.

    The actual royals aren't even one dimensional. They barely exist in the novel. Be real, the reason we read books about royalty is because we want a peek into the life of the royals.

    The secondary characters are one dimensional. There were opportunities to flesh them out and give them backstories, but that was eschewed in favor of...I'll be gene
    Shoshana G
    Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: romance
    Honestly, I didn't care.

    I really enjoyed The Wedding Date and The Proposal, but one thing I did notice at the time was that Guillory's characters didn't seem particularly differentiated - their inner voices all sounded the same to me. As she's written two more books, this problem has only increased. I can't tell her narrators apart. Vivian sounds like Malcolm, even though they're supposed to be very different people in their gender, nationality, profession, etc and they sound indistinguishable f
    Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Disclaimer: I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for my personal review.

    I am such a fan of Jasmine Guillory. I would read basically anything Jasmine Guillory writes.

    Im happy to see a romance novel about couple older than 20/30 something. the setting of the British countryside and proximity to the newest member of the royal family is a nice nod to current events. The actual existence of a black duchess is a romance novel come to life. The inclusion in the storyline only makes it more grou
    Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
    I didn't love this one as much as the previous three by Jasmine Guillory, but I think it may reach a broader audience and it's a PERFECT holiday read. I almost wish I'd waited until December to read it, but how is it possible to turn down an opportunity to read the latest Jasmine Guillory book? To me, it felt like a quicker read than her previous three, and the romance isn't as complex (perhaps because the couple is older). Anglophiles will love this one since most of it is set at Sandringham an ...more
    Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I liked, but didn't love this. I think Jasmine Guillory creates really interesting, relatable characters. This time, the protagonist is the mother of Maddie, who was the lead in the last book. It was really refreshing to read a romance about characters in their mid-50s for a change! However, it was much less steamy and drama-free than the previous books, which was a little disappointing.

    I received a free ebook ARC from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley. This is my honest review
    Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This was very cute, but I definitely didn't enjoy it as much as her past books. It wasn't very steamy, and I don't know if it's because it's 50-somethings as the main characters, or if it's because it's meant to be sweet. Either way, I kind of missed the steaminess.

    Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the digital ARC.
    Chris Markley
    Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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.
    Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Such a wonderful story. A rare romance between two mature people who meet on a holiday and fall for each other but
    live thousands of miles apart.
    I loved all of the back and forth between them. Entertaining.
    Siti Masziani
    Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Rebecca Newland
    Really 3.5, but I couldn’t round up. I like in particular a romance with characters older than 32.
    Didn't pull me in as much as some of Guillory's others. Still enjoyable.
    Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalleyarc
    This was so sweet. I loved that this focused on an older couple. So swoony.
    Amanda Quain
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    Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.

    Other books in the series

    The Wedding Date (4 books)
    • The Wedding Date
    • The Proposal
    • The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date, #3)
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