Christmas at the Castle
by Melissa McClone
Series: Ever After #3
Published by Tule Publishing Group
Publication Date October 18, 2016
Genres: Christmas, Clean Romance
Setting: Alistonia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. An unexpected union.
A European getaway during the Christmas holiday is exactly what veterinarian Katrina "Kat" Parsons needs. She can't wait to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend's royal wedding, but she hopes to steer clear of the bride's arrogant older brother.
Crown Prince Guillaume wants his younger sister's wedding day to be perfect, but he's suspicious of Kat. He and his mother on are on high alert, afraid Kat is not just there for the wedding, but also to find a prince of her own.
But when Kat's kindness and generosity prove them wrong, the prince realizes there's more to her than he ever imagined. Can he trust his heart or will he lose the one woman he can't live without?
Christmas at the Castle made for a very pleasant afternoon of reading. The story was very touching.
Kat was abandoned by her parents when she was young, so they could traipse off to Africa to do research. Though her grandparents loved her and cared for her, she always felt the sting of rejection. There was a scene in the book where she first interacted with the Queen and was treated as if she was invisible. The way it was written was very moving.
And then there was Gill. Once he set aside his prejudices, he was a pretty good guy. I loved the way he said thank you to Kat for helping his dog.
Included in the story were several great supporting “actors”. I loved Isaac, the server. And then there were also some perfectly wonderful antagonists and just the simply annoying brother of the groom who added some great dimension to the book.
According to Goodreads, though the name of this series shows up as “Ever After”, the two previous books of the series were previously listed as part of a different series. The Honeymoon Prize was book 3 of Honeymoon and Ever After book 2, The Cinderella Princess was the first book of Royal Holiday. It looks like Amazon has the series for each of these books set to Ever After. Either way, this book can be read as a stand-alone book if you prefer.
As a note regarding the “cleanness” of the story, it is completely clean (well, there were some passionate but completely acceptable kisses), but conversations and thoughts of characters that made it clear that they all felt that an intimate relationship outside of marriage is acceptable. There was not any closed door intimacy in this book.