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Heart of a Royal

(Daughters of Peverell #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Brought to the palace as a newborn, the royal life bestowed upon Mackenna Sparrow was never meant to last forever. With Princess Alina engaged to be married, Mackenna's presence as companion is no longer required and, like it or not, she must return to the birthright which should have been hers - that of a commoner.

But not everyone at the palace wants her gone. When the t
Paperback, 306 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by WhiteSpark Publishing (first published October 2019)
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Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
Here’s Why Heart of a Royal is a Book You Should Definitely Read:

* Seriously, look at the cover!!
* The first-person, single point of view from Kenna – this story absolutely needed to be told this way! It’s easy to get lost in the story and feel every emotion!
* Excellent development of some truly beautifully written characters
* The setting – author Hannah Currie shares vivid details of this contemporary yet somewhat medieval nation while at the same time, allowing the reader to imagine Peverel
Gah, this book was amazing. I am literally about to burst with joy and love for this book.!! Look at this beautiful cover.....I want it on my physical shelf so badly. It's so pretty!!!!! This cover alone can give this book 5 stars.....😍😍

The characters were amazing and I loved every single one of them - well except for the ones I wasn't suppose to like. I am praying that we get to see development in one of the characters in future books. Maybe even both that are rather distasteful
Jes Drew
Who doesn't love a good modern-day princess story? And this one seems different than others, as we follow a commoner raised as a princess alongside the royal siblings, but without the king's favor. And maybe with a bit too much favor from her childhood playmate, Prince Ben- definitely too much from the people. Somehow, the not-quite-princess must navigate palace intrigue, family secrets, the whispered threat of Rebels, the wrath of the king, the schemes of the people, and even a natural disaster ...more
This officially gets most disappointing book to go with most gorgeous cover award for 2020. I don't care if it's January, I'm just betting I won't be seeing another cover that pretty anytime soon.

Honestly, I loved the writing style in this book. The author made some things that are typically cliches seem fresh, and the characters were amazing. The only thing I didn't love about the writing style was the fact that sometimes the characters seemed to talk in a really old fashioned way for a modern-
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, 2019
Rating: 3.5

A fast-paced, charming and sweet "clean romance" novel that marks the debut of its author. Inside these pages, we certainly discover a wonderful start to a new series set in a world that easily sweeps its reader up into a world of ball gowns, friendships, danger and of course, a palace.

Come by Finding Wonderland to discover three "reasons to read Heart of a Royal."
Tricia Mingerink
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute book appropriate for lower YA and up. If you like sweet, princess stories, this will definitely be right up your alley.

I'm not quite sure how to categorize it. In some ways, it reminded me of Carol Moncado's books with a modern, royal families of made-up, not real countries yet set in our real world. Except that Heart of a Royal doesn't mention our real world at all, not even to mention broader politics of Europe or something like that. And the whole fight with the Rebels and the
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart of a Royal was an amazing story! The main reason this book grabbed my attention was because of the beautiful cover, but the story was even more spectacular! Right away the book captured my attention and I ended up staying up late just to see how it ended. ;)

I loved the characters so much. I felt like they were real people and Kenna was definitely a favorite character of mine (although Ben was a close second). ;) I found the whole "rebels" aspect fascinating and the ending was great! I coul
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't know what it is about stories where you can "live out" the life of a commoner who draws the interest of a royal, but I loved the set up of this one because it was believable that the commoner could win the hand of the prince and have a happily ever because you know she isn't completely unaware of what she's getting into. An enjoyable marriage of convenience romance for teen and adult alike. ...more
I think I found a new favorite author :)

It was beautiful and sweet, a little bit unpredictable, and definitely funny. I love how Jesus is interwoven into this story; that part actually made me cry. I don’t usually cry over fiction. But it reminded me how beautiful Jesus is. Thank you for this story.
“Having a heart that cared was nothing to apologize for, even if one was a maid.”

Such a surprising and delightful debut novel from Hannah Currie! Yes, the cover is absolutely gorgeous and there is definitely an ethereal romantic element of a country named Peverell ruled by a monarchy and the dazzle and glamour of royalty, but the book is so much more than another sweet YA prince-falls-in-love-with-a-commoner trope. There is a certain layer of politics and intrigue woven into the storyline and th
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, celebrate-lit
While most little girls dreamed about being princesses, in the fantasy of my imagination I was a prairie girl—funny, really, because my name is Hebrew for “princess.” I watched all of the Disney movies and read endlessly, so I had a passing familiarity with fairy tales, but the life of royalty never appealed to me as something I would welcome. Too much attention, too many restrictions, having to dress up and entertain…no thanks! Finery and lavish living don’t entice me at all. I will admit that ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Heart of a Royal is not your average debut novel. In fact, it’s not your average novel. Currie brings charm, humor, grace and a powerful message to her story that not only had me hanging on to every word, it left me feeling breathless once I reached the end. I was not ready to part with these characters just yet. And that ending! Wow. I seriously cannot wait for book two – I mean is it out yet? **sigh** The answer is no, and rightly so. We cannot expect Ms. Currie to just sit at home writing all ...more
Raechel Lenore
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
This was every bit as delightful as I hoped it would be!! I fell in love with the cover first (it's gorgeous!), and the description immediately drew my interest. And indeed, the story itself is amazing, and I daresay even surpasses the loveliness of the cover!"Heart of a Royal" is a delightful YA royal read - it reminded me a bit of "The Princess Academy" by Shannon Hale, only better (which I don't say in disrespect of TPA as that is still one of my favorite stories!).It is written in first pers ...more
Hallie Szott
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mackenna has lived her life in the palace, but now that the princess for whom she acted as companion is engaged, she must figure out where her next purpose lies—and what to do with her feelings for the handsome, decidedly off-limits prince.

It is a sweet royalty story that then unfolds in Heart of a Royal. Kenna has made a few enemies and also, needs to face some truths she has never understood. Still, her friends and family will not let her do it all alone, despite how complicated life becomes.

Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
I'd like to introduce you to a new favorite book. Heart of a Royal by Hannah Currie.
The characters were definitely my favorite part of the story. First, the future king, Ben, so set in what he wants, not giving in to the whims of others. Adored by the people, Kenna would be the perfect best friend. She was so sweet and thoughtful to everyone she met. Kenna's mother is someone that I would love to meet in real life. She had so much wisdom and insight to offer and her joy was contagious.
Early on,
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved this book. Can't wait to read more. Love the characters. All will be well. Great book. Can't recommend enough.
When I stumbled upon Heart of a Royal, I was convinced I’d found my next favorite book, for the story sounded exactly like the kind of story I love to read. And in many ways, it was as adorable and delightful as I’d hoped. But while there were many cute things about it and many aspects I loved, I found myself occasionally rather frustrated with the story’s direction.

To begin, I loved the concept of the plot—a princess companion raised at the palace falls in love with the crown prince. After the
Lynda Edwards
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
With a voracious teen reader in my household, I try to read as many young adult books as I can to give her lots of options that I feel I can trust. Hannah Currie's debut novel appealed to me with its story of royalty-like status without being actually royal, so even though WhiteSpark is a publisher I trust for my child without prereading, I was eager to see where the story would go.

Like many older teens, Kenna is facing some upcoming changes to her life, but these changes are a bit more drastic
Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a present day story with a fairy tale feel to it.  I found myself egrossed in the story and wished it would not end. I enjoyed getting to know Mackenna. She was fun and full of depth. I felt like she was someone I could get to know. I enjoyed reading about the relationships she had with the different people in the castle. Each one had an impact on Mackenna's life and the future she would have. Hannah Curie weaves gospel truth throughout the story. I think th ...more
Jennifer  J.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story so thoroughly enchanting and engaging, I enjoyed it in one sitting! Delightful characters in just the place you’d expect! This new to me author has created a people and place with a special message that reaches all generations. Subtle foreshadowing and just the right mix of tension and drama make this one that keeps the reader fully engaged. Might even lend itself well to the start of a series! Heart of a Royal is a pleasure to read and offers the reader a lot more than just entertainmen ...more
Emily Yager
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you love Hallmark-type Royal Romances then this book is for you. What I loved about this story - a) the Cover is Gorgeous, b) the characters are all well written, fun, and unique, c) faith and hope shine during the tough times, d) sweet romance with a dash of action, adventure, and a few surprises.

This is book one of the new series. Contemporary with a dash of Medieval charm woven in. I can't wait until the next one comes along.
Becky Dempsey
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that I read this book. "Heart of a Royal" is the first book in the Daughters of Peverell series, and Hannah Currie's debut novel. I loved this book. I found it well written and once I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down. I had to force myself to put it aside to do things like sleep and clean the house. I liked Kenna and found her insecurities and fears to be realistic and believable. I also totally loved Thoraben. He was strong and yet gentle, confident and caring. The second ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ya
“You might feel like you’re in a whirlwind, Kenna, but you’re not alone in it...And don’t forget, every whirlwind comes to an end eventually.”
Heart of a Royal is the debut novel written by Hannah Currie. It is such a good book, and I am so glad that I took the chance and read it. This is the first book in Hannah’s series Daughters of Peverell and I can’t wait to read the next books!
Mackeena Sparrow has lived a life pretending to be someone she is not, and soon it will all come to an end. Macke
Carol R.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Loved it! It's a YA clean read . . .

Lady Mackenna grew up in the palace as the companion to Princess Alina and a childhood friend to her brother, Crown Prince Thoraben in the mythical country of Peverell. But life changes dramatically when Alina gets engaged.

The king is aware of his son's feelings toward her, and he has other plans for Thoraben. The king banishes her from the palace, and Mackenna has to find her new identity as a commoner. Thoraben has never told Mackenna about his feelings be
Aminata Coote
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The romance between McKenna and Thoraben was so sweet. Ben loved Kenna despite the fact that she was a commoner and their relationship angered his father. But for a long time, she couldn’t see his love for her in the same way we sometimes doubt God’s love for us.

Kenna was a strong character whose heart for the people of Peverell was evident in her actions towards them, as was Ben's. Together, they will make a perfect royal couple.

I received an electronic ARC from CelebrateLit; a positive revie
Jacqui Eames
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful

I fell in love with Kenna and Ben from the first page of this book. I loved the fun way they relate to each other. Lots of funny moments. I loved Kenna's journey of discovering herself and value. Even though it is a sweet princess story written for young adults, which I am certainly not, there is a depth of faith in it too that can encourage and inspire anyone above the age of thirteen. It leaves you smiling.
Ashley Roberts
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Read!

The book was really intriguing. It kind of felt like a world that was half modern and half medieval. I loved the character development, but had a bit of a time wrapping my brain around a world where people had not heard of God, even though I know those countries do exist today.
Kate Bridie
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written story by a talented new author. There are many young adults (and adults!) out there who will adore this story, whether or not they are into princes and princesses. Hannah really does have a wonderful talent for captivating a reader.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathleen Denly
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I admit, I’m a sucker for fictional royal romances. Then, the idea of a commoner raised with royals, as a royal, and now being kicked out? Color me intrigued. Plus, you saw that cover right? So pretty! I was totally hooked.

If mortification could kill, I’d be six feet under.
Don’t you just love that opening?

To truly share my first impression, I need you to read the rest of the first paragraph:

And Nurse Kristiann over in the corner would probably still b
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Australian author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. A book nerd from birth, she knows firsthand the difference a good book can make in a person’s life. Even, and especially, fiction. Her dream as a writer is to make people laugh, cry and maybe even swoon a little but mostly to remind them that no matter how dark life may get at time ...more

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