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When you spend Christmas in a castle, anything is possible.

1860. Lady Alexandrina Gailey is looking forward to a cozy holiday at Windsor Castle with her best friend, Princess Alice, and her long-time crush, Lord George Worthington. But Drina's plans are all but dashed when Alice's parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, declare that Alice must choose one of two royal pr
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    Sophie's Reading Corner
    This is the story of Drina and George. Drina is spending her Christmas holidays at the Windsor Castle with her family, since Queen Victoria is her cousin. There she hangs out with her best friends, Princess Alice and George. George happens to be her crush for so long, but he doesn't seem to return her affection and sees her only as a friend. Things get complicated when there's a pressure from their parents, for different reasons each of them and there are some things going on that could lead to ...more
    The Clever Reader
    Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Samantha did it again! I love her books so much and this one was no exception. I love the witty characters she creates in the world of Victorian England! I love how she incorporates a bit of mystery in her historical romance settings. There’s always a something to be solved and I enjoy her ability to bring her love interests together in order to solve them.

    Lady Alexandrina’s parents are pushing her to marry in order to secure their family fortunes as they have no male heir. Drina is now on a mis
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    Emily
    Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, but all opinions are my own.

    I loved this story. I love holiday books (especially romance) and this one didn't disappoint. Honestly, all the characters are great. I love the dialogue. And some of the shenanigans these characters get up are a hoot.

    Add this one to your holiday TBR. You will not be disappointed.
    Ukgardenfiend
    Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I liked the way this story mixed fact with fiction – faction in truth except that the people you would normally write faction abut, were bit part players here. Queen Victoria appeared here in all her majesty and dictates.
    Unfortunately for our heroine the entailed Estate was still legal at this time. In fact: England only outlawed the entail in 1925 applying to real estate. But England still allows male-only primogeniture for aristocratic titles, but this was changed for Royalty in 2013 whereby a
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    Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader



    Drina is the only child to her parents, and that means that someday she and her mother could be left without a home and Drina without a title when her Father passes, so what’s the mission this Christmas? Drina wants to try and convince the Queen to let her inherit.

    Too bad for Drina she’s got a long to do list and her mission isn’t even at the top of it! Her cousin is a visiting royal prince from a province from Germany, a possible suitor to her best friend, Princess Alice, but the problem is tha
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    S. Cinders
    Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What a fun Christmas romp!

    This Christmas novella was just what I needed to get into the holiday spirit. Drina is a spunky 17 year old that you can't help but want to get behind. Another wonderful story by Hastings.
    Rukaiya Mustafa
    Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I’ve been a fan of Royal stories since Prince William and Katherine got married back in 2011. My research about the Royal family is pretty good and knowing that someone else shares the same level of dedication is truly exciting.

    After watching various Royal sitcoms such as The Crown and Reign, I have realised that a Royal household cannot carry on without any dramas or scandals. A Royal Christmas Quandary happens to celebrate a very amusing scandal that allegedly takes place in Queen Victoria’s r
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    Julie
    Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4.5 Stars

    Samantha Hastings sprinkles plenty of fun, adventure and romance in her latest Victorian historical romance, A Royal Christmas Quandary.

    Lady Alexandrina Gailey is looking forward to spending a fun Christmas in Windsor Castle with her best friend, Princess Alice. Drina and Alice have made plenty of plans for the holiday and not only is Drina counting down the days until she can spend the Christmas season with her best friend, but she is also excited about the fact that her long-time crus
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    Ariel
    Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs, blog-tour, ya, netgalley
    This book was the perfect Christmas romance I've been waiting on to kick-start my holiday reads. It had adventure, humor, and, of course, heart-pounding romance.

    There was so much to love about this book, but perhaps one of my favorite parts was the adventures the two main characters, Drina and George, seem to go on. As they search for Drina's missing cousin, they get into all sorts of trouble. Plus, because of the time period of this book, things that would be normal and fine now, only add to th
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    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    This was delightful! Such a perfect story to bring holiday cheer- it was exactly what I needed!
    Maria Thomas
    This is a cute romp of a story that takes place at Christmas time. When I won this book in a giveaway I thought what I was getting was a romance. But though the story actually includes two romances it was more about all the stuff going on around them while the romance happens. The main characters are tracking down missing princes, trying to keep their parents satisfied, arranging their own future stability and helping arrange a royal romance. I really could see this story as a 1940 Cary Grant sl ...more
    Nathaniel
    Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Samantha Hastings does it again with another historical contemporary novel! This one was so much fun. We're following Drina and George as they try to find a missing prince in time for a Christmas dinner/royal meeting/important thing. It was equal parts mystery and equal parts love story as they did some hilarious and slightly scandalous things to find out where this prince was. In true Hastings fashion, the story wrapped up beautifully and I was left wanting another 50 pages. I highly recommend ...more
    Jacqueline Firkins
    A sweet, joyful romp full of longing looks, Victorian parlor games, family pressures, and more than one royal quandary. Hastings sets a fast pace right away as her hero and heroine take to the streets in search of a missing relative. As Drina tries to lift the entail on her family's estate and George fights against his father's reluctance to support his engineering career, the pair gets embroiled in a series of white lies that threatens to undo both of their dreams. Hastings keeps the tone light ...more
    Dini - dinipandareads
    I read this book as part of the blog tour hosted by Xpresso Tours. Special thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars rounded up.

    I think I built this up in my head to be a YA historical romance when it's definitely more YA historical fiction with a romance subplot. That said, I did enjoy it for the most part, although I thought the pacing could've been better. I also have to say that, although this was set in the 1860s, the language is quite mo
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    Thamy
    Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley2020
    This is a YA historical romance that while as cute as we need our YA's to be it's also very well researched and in a way that doesn't feel like info dump just to prove they researched it.

    3.5 rounded up to 4.

    Drina has had a crush on George forever, but he's just the second son while she's almost royalty. Because her family hasn't made any male heirs, they risk losing everything upon her father's death, so her mother has other plans to ensure her future. Drina however wants to make sure the est
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    TrixieB
    I really wanted to love this book. It sounds like a madcap mystery with a touch of romance. It's not.

    There is no mystery. It's a friends to lovers cute book at Christmas. It's a little simple in plot and characterization but it's fun. Just don't go into it expecting a mystery, and you'll be fine.
    Angie
    Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I got the Christmas fix I’ve been looking for! This was sweet and perfect.
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    Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey-sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. THE LAST WORD is her debut novel.

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