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Royal Holiday

(The Wedding Date #4)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  22,676 ratings  ·  2,733 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and a "rising star in the romance genre" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Berkley Books (first published October 1st 2019)
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Kimberley I've only read one of the books in the series, prior to this one, and I would say no.

There are subtle references to other characters, and relationshi…more
I've only read one of the books in the series, prior to this one, and I would say no.

There are subtle references to other characters, and relationships, from the other books, but nothing crucial to understanding the couple within this particular story. (less)
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Larry H
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Okay, now how long do I have to wait for Jasmine Guillory's next book?

It’s crazy to think at this time last year while I had heard of Guillory I hadn’t read any of her books, and now here I am having read all four.

Maddie (a main character in Guillory's last book, The Wedding Party ) is a stylist who gets an incredible opportunity to dress a royal duchess in England for the holidays. She takes her mother, Vivian, along, as she rarely does anything for herself and has never been out o
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2019
The fourth book in Jasmine Guillory's series focuses on Maddie's mum Vivian Forest and her meeting a smart and handsome British man.

I like the way throughout the series the author created diverse characters that do not often get enough representation in romance books. This time she concentrates on slightly older protagonists - Vivian is 54 and has been divorced for more than three decades. She has also been working hard as a social worker in a busy hospital, raising her daughter as a single moth
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This had so! much! potential! to be a new favorite book of mine because it features two of my absolute favorite romance tropes (royalty and the holidays), but I still just.. really didn't like this. The writing did not work for me at all and I am SAD. Pretty sure I'm done with Jasmine Guillory now. Womp womp ...more
3.5 stars

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It had all started with a call from Maddie a few weeks ago.
“Hey, Mom, I need an answer fast—do you want to spend Christmas with me in England?”

I know it’s still summer, but I couldn’t pass up reading this holiday book written by Jasmine Guillory. If you’ve kept up with her ‘Wedding Date’ series, you know the leading lady of this story is Maddie’s mother. I couldn’t wait to read her love story. It was so sweet and super adorable.

Vivian is a busy social worker who doe
It pains me to give this two stars, but almost nothing about it worked for me. I'm upset about it. For multiple reasons.

First to understand why I'm upset, here is the premise: The mother of the heroine from book three gets her own book. I really liked Vivian last book. The idea of a middle-aged romance is intriguing and refreshing. On top of that it is set in England, where the overworked mom is taking her first vacation in years, a mother/daughter trip spurred on by Maddie's job (she has the op
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tucker by: Berkley Romance
Many thanks to Berkley and Edelweiss+ for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review

After a little bit of thinking, I am bringing my rating down to three stars. This just completely fell short compared to The Wedding Party. It was rather boring and lackluster. Strange because I went in expecting so much and left with so little.

I think I know why this happened. It felt like the author was holding back. Now, I’ve only read one of her other books but, compared to that one, this was v
Anne Bogel
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how Jasmine Guillory's fiction features strong, smart women of color, who have real jobs and work in urban areas. (I mean, I do love me a sweet story that takes place in a small town diner, but I don't want ALL my love stories set in those quaint settings!) And I love how in her latest book, her previous character's MOM takes center stage.

If you’ve read Jasmine Guillory before, you’ll remember Maddie, Alexa’s best friend in The Wedding Date and the female lead ofThe Wedding Party. Maddie
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Cute romance.
This story had a bit of a unique twist on it in that it is the story of a mother and daughter taking a trip and finding romance.

At first thought we would probably be thinking the romance was about the younger woman. However, the author focused on a middle-aged mom in this sweet story.

Whisked away for a royal treat, the main characters spend the Christmas holidays time in England with the Duke and Duchess.

The author gave us a lighthearted and delightful read that make
Wow. This. Was. Not. Good. I think that Guillory is pumping out too many books these days and not making sure that her characters and plot lines are developed. This whole thing also didn't work since we have Maddie styling a mysterious Duchess (look it's supposed to be Duchess Meghan) and that whole thing of course did not have me in a romantic mindset. I loved the first book, noted some issues in book #2 and flat out did not like book #3. I hope that whatever book comes next it actually makes s ...more
Renaissance Kate
2.5 stars

The stakes were low, if not non-existent.
The character growth was little to none.
The plot trod along without ever really changing pace.
The dialogue felt forced and cringe-worthily unnatural.

I realized all of this about a third of the way through the book with the unfortunate (and correct) feeling that it wouldn't change as I kept reading. So I lowered my expectations significantly, and the story became much more enjoyable.

Vivian Forest accompanies her daughter, Maddie, on a work trip
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, was really disappointed by this. I enjoyed The Wedding Party so much and that was what convinced me to request this one from NetGalley, but everything about this fell flat. To be fair, the characters are a bit older than me, so that had something to do with it, but I really didn't feel their connection and their conversations just felt bland and not funny at all (even though we're told over and over that they keep laughing). I did enjoy the escapism of Vivian dating the personal a ...more
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I adored this story. Vivian and Malcolm were wonderful together and I loved that they were a mature couple of color that found love. They were fun … they were funny … they were absolutely adorable.

Vivian was wonderful. She was a self-assured mature woman who knew her likes and dislikes. She wasn't afraid to voice her opinion and wasn't afraid to accept the consequences. She had a wonderful sense of humor that shone throughout the story. She had a wonderful daughter and a family that depended on
I had loved the previous books in this series and loved the idea of a holiday book in London.

I liked Vivian and Malcolm well enough. They’re both sweet and unassuming and much too polite to have any actual chemistry. I was a little wary at reading a book with older people and perhaps that’s the reason I didn’t connect to either of them.

Plot wise, it was so very bland. I quickly found myself skimming chapters just for the dialogue. As much as I love London {which is at an insanely high level of
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I'm trying to read a mountain of holiday romances in time to do a recommendations episode of the Reading Envy podcast, so the short version of this is that it's the fourth in a series of books I have not read otherwise, featuring the mother of one of the previous characters as she accompanies her daughter on a work trip to England. As a woman of color in her 50s, she's not expecting to find love but meets the Queen of England's personal secretary and sparks fly. How often do you see an over 50 r ...more
Yna the Mood Reader
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
“Hey, Mom, I need an answer fast—do you want to spend Christmas with me in England?”

📚 Series:  Yes, 4th, but can be read as a standalone.
📚 Genre: Contemporary romance.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Miscommunication between two lead characters.
⚠ Read if: you are looking for Hallmark-ish Christmas read.

Royal Holiday is my first read from the author, Jasmine Guillory, and I admit it is a little foolish of me to start a series in its 4th installment. But, I was in the mood for
Royal Holiday is book 4 in The Wedding Date series and while I enjoyed it, it was definitely my lest favorite of the series. Royal Holiday is about Vivian who is the mother of Maddie who was the main character in the previous book The Wedding Party. Vivian tags along with Maddie to England where Maddie is styling Meghan Markel. The book never mentions Meghan's name but we all know who "The Duchess" is they're talking about. While in England Vivian meets a handsome Black man with a British accent ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jasmine Guillory's books are PERFECTION. Her characters are so well-rounded and the love story unfolds perfectly. Like Helen Hoang's books, I love how each story is a standalone romance, but characters from the other books pop into the story here and there, which gives the books some cohesion overall. I read Red, White, and Royal Blue shortly before this book and I loved being back in England with the royal family, albeit in a different way. Vivian and Malcolm had the sweetest love story and the ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
This is my third time? Maybe second time. Reading jasmine guillory. While her stories have a great set up, strong characters, and good writing, they lack conflict that keeps readers interested. I just wait and wait for something to happen but nothing exciting ever does. This one was a sweet holiday romance but lacked conflict that made me care.
Generally I don't read romances but the premise of Royal Holiday caught my eye and captured my attention.

Vivian's daughter is hired to be the "stylist" for the Duchess. Since the work involves staying over in the UK during the holidays, she brings Vivian along with her. They have good fortune to stay at the "cottages" on the royal grounds. There Vivian meets Malcolm, the secretary for the Queen. Yes, it definitely will be a royal holiday for Vivian but can the magic continue once she returns to
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
As much as this story is set around winter and the Christmas/holiday season, I say from experience (reading this book in July) that the story can be enjoyed year round.

I really liked that this main character was in her fifties in comparison to the main characters in the rest of the series. Each of those main characters were in their twenties (I think) so this gave a different perspective of love and romance from a character with more life experience and struggles.

It may be due to the novel's s
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was a sweet, slow-burn romance full of passion and no over-the-top drama. It was entertainment based purely on the real-life circumstances and situations between Vivian Forest and Malcolm Hudson, ... okay, as real life as one can get being Vivan is in England because her daughter is working as a stylist for the Royal family, and Malcolm is the Queen's private secretary ... their romance was believably sincere and lovely.

You may remember Vivian's daughter Maddie from the 'We
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book just did not work for me.

I wasn't very enthusiastic about the idea of having a book solely dedicated to Vivian because I wasn't sure there was really a story to tell and I think that in some way I might have been right.

Everything was just so bland. There wasn't any excitement or even something that truly drove the story forward. Malcom and Vivian were nice people but they lacked chemistry, I didn't feel the spark between the two of them.

I'm sorry to say that this book mostly bored m
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Perhaps one of her best books yet, Jasmine Guillory’s Royal Holiday left me with a smile on my face and joy in my heart! Guillory continues to push contemporary romance into showcasing diversity in the genre, while still maintaining the steamy, fun, sassy, and heart-warming moments that make you forget you are also learning a valuable lesson. Lovely!

Jasmine Guillory’s books are some of the ones I most look forward to. Each book somehow ties loosely to the book before it through the characters. L
Read In Colour
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t read a lot of rom-com novels, but I make an exception for Jasmine Guillory’s books. They are funny, engaging, and filled with great characters. There’s also some steam involved! “Royal Holiday” is based on a fascinating premise - what if a woman who has been asked to style a member of the royal family during the holidays invites her mother along, and the mother happens to be a fictionalized version of Megan Markle’s mother, Dora. From that idea, Guillory creates a delightful story, one w ...more
Jessica Jeffers
My least favorite Jasmine Guillory novel to date; I think it's because the set-up involves way more suspension of disbelief than her other books. The romance is charming but it was hard for me to really buy into the premise. More to come. ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I basically ended up finishing this out of pure stubbornness. I was ready to DNF 25% in... no 10%.

In fact, everyone was telling me "Life's too short, DNF!" and I was like true but I also like getting worked up about books I dislike, so onward and downward.

The dialogue was painful, especially between Vivian and her daughter... and her daughter and absolutely everyone she spoke to. The whole fictionalized royalty based on real royalty felt super made for tv movie in the cheesiest way and the writ
Lisa Wolf
Thank you, Jasmine Guillory, for giving us the romance heroine we never knew we needed: Vivian Forest, a 54-year-old African American social worker — hard-working, devoted mother, caring professional, and all-around amazing woman! And let me just say this part again: Vivian is IN HER 50s. When’s the last time you read a fun, upbeat love story with a woman in her 50s as the star? I’m guessing the answer is never.

Royal Holiday is the fourth in the author’s loosely connected Wedding Date series — t
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
Steph's Romance Book Talk
3.25 Stars / 1 Steam Fan

I wanted to love this book until the sex scene and then the ending. THAT ENDING SUCKED!! I also think that ending drops it out of the romance genre and places it into the women's fiction category. Vivian is the mother of a previous character and joins her daughter in England for the Christmas season. While on the grounds of the Duke and Duchess, Vivian meets Malcolm and their mutual interest are explored. I liked the swift romance between Vivian and Malcolm but I think i
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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 (6 books)
  • The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date, #1)
  • The Proposal (The Wedding Date, #2)
  • The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date, #3)
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