A Royal Christmas Wedding

A Royal Christmas Wedding

by Rachel Hauck

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From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck comes the fourth installment in the Royal Wedding Series, a charming tale of holiday romance!

“A stirring modern-day fairy tale about the power of true love.” –Cindy Kirk, author of Love at Mistletoe Inn

Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?

College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.

Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.

When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.

Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310344810
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Royal Wedding Series
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 83,846
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.

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A Royal Christmas Wedding 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
DianaFlow More than 1 year ago
Rachel Hauck has crafted a magical Yuletide tale set in Brighton, England, an emerald isle steeped in tradition—where the crisp scent of pine and cinnamon waft through the frosty air—and snow-covered, beautifully lit fir trees, costumed carolers, and the sound of sleigh bells can be heard ringing throughout the town! Avery Truitt, college volleyball star in St. Simons Island, Georgia, was rejected by the man of her dreams five long years ago, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom. After declaring their love for one another, Colin fails to show up for her prom and after texting her once, never speaks to her again. But the joy of her sister's pregnancy brings Avery to Brighton to visit her at the royal palace, just in time for the Cathedral City's enchanting Christmas season. Wishing to attend the many holiday festivities, dances, and charities, she knows she cannot possibly avoid seeing Colin again, but hopes for some kind of closure to finally relieve the pain of the past five years. A centuries old tradition in Brighton dictates that a young man smitten with love runs all the way up the one hundred and eighty-two steps to the Pembroke Bell Tower and rings the bell just after midnight of the Harvest Celebration to declare his undying devotion. Then he must woo the object of his affections and marry her by Christmas. Is it too late for Colin to fix things with Avery—and will he follow his heart to ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell for her or his lady friend, Jordan Skye? Or will he ring the bell at all?...since the last young man to do so plummeted to his death. Rachel Hauck is a New York Times bestselling award winning author with many an amazing novel to her credit and this one is no exception! It seems as though all of us ladies still have that little girl in us who comes to the surface from time to time—dreaming of our Prince Charming and happily-ever-after. That young girl in me absolutely delighted in this enchanting Christmas novel of love lost, and of the handsome prince who must atone for his inconsiderate deeds to win back the lady he adores. But, ooh, the angsty romance quickly brought the woman in me (and the tissue box!) back out, and a twist near the end made my heart skip one too many beats! Ms. Hauck's descriptive prose intensified my senses with the scent of evergreen boughs, the sights of Christmas lights glistening underneath a layer of snow, and the sounds of Bing Crosby crooning White Christmas. A Royal Christmas Wedding is simply begging to be made into a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie and if so I'll grab a front row seat! Very beautifully written, Rachel Hauck!
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
The fourth in a series that are interconnected but focus on different characters, this book focuses on Prince Colin and Avery Truitt. It had been awhile since I had read the first three books, but it was easy to dip back into this world of sorts. I would say out of all the characters and pairings in this series, I think I liked this one the least. I just couldn't fall in love with either of them and their love story just wasn't floating off the page. I knew going in that this being a Christian fiction romance that we wouldn't have any steamy bedroom scenes, but even with that this book just didn't get there for me. I loved the others, I think this one just flopped. This wouldn't keep me from continuing to read Rachel Hauck as an author, but I think this series is done and I am glad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Christmas story. Rachel Hauck is one of my favorite authors.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
True confessions, I haven’t read the Royal Wedding Series but I absolutely plan to after reading A Royal Christmas Wedding. Rachel Hauck once again weaves a wonderful romantic reunion romance tale. Avery Truitt returns to Brighton Kingdom where she’d left behind a part of her heart with Prince Colin. Her strength and courage shone in her character and Colin’s devotion to his kingdom, though respectable was disheartening when it came to Avery. Who doesn’t love seeing the misunderstandings and romance develop just as it should? A Royal Christmas Wedding doesn’t disappoint and for those like me, who haven’t read the entire series, don’t worry! The story is easy to follow and keeps you turning the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a perfect ending to a brilliant series. A great job of fairytale romance and real life.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Avery and Prince Colin have a past. Will a Royal Wedding ensue? Weddings have been the focus of Rachel Hauck’s The Royal Wedding Series, and I have loved every single book she has written on the topic. A Royal Christmas Wedding is no exception. Avery Truitt is a washed-up, former volleyball player whose career ended with a rotator cuff injury. She works with her mom at the Rib Shack, her family’s business, but her heart isn’t into the work since her dad died. The place just isn’t the same without him. However, even with her losses, Avery has joy in anticipating the upcoming birth of her sister Susanna’s baby. Susanna invites Avery back to the Kingdom of Brighton for the Christmas season and to help her prepare for the new prince or princess. Avery is at first doubtful because she knows she’ll run into her old suitor, Prince Colin, whom she’s not seen for five years. In the meantime, Colin has been learning to be a royal, with duties and obligations surrounding his every moment. However, during one of the interminable balls of the season, after he’s seen Avery and realizes he still loves her and she him, he also realizes he’s entangled with Lady Jordan. He and his buddy, Guy, decide to escape to the Pembroke Tower where legend declares if the bells ring on this night, a prince will be married on Christmas Day. To their astonishment, the bells ring! What now? The balance of the story involves God’s providence, the machinations of a couple of reporters, and the very real love of two people meant to be together. But the means to the end is complicated with lots of twists and turns. You’ll adore this final novella in The Royal Wedding Series. Four stars. Rachel Hauck is “the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times.” The Wedding Dress was also a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in Florida with her husband and two pets. Zondervan gave me a copy of A Royal Christmas Wedding, but I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
Rachel Hauck can write some of the sweetest romances and A Royal Christmas Wedding is right up there! The romance between Avery and Prince Colin hit a snag when his dad put his foot down and told Colin to forget her. So, what happens now, five years later when Avery and her mother travel to the kingdom of Brighton for the Christmas season? Her sister, Princess Susanna and the King, are expecting a baby and they want to spend some time together. But what about Colin? What happens when they meet again years after he dumped her? He is now escorting a young actress around town and all expect them to announce their engagement at anytime. There is lots of miscommunication between Avery and Colin. Misunderstandings, hidden feelings also. Colin is trying very hard to listen to God's bidding as well as his own heart's. Will there be forgiveness between them? Is their relationship doomed to just being friends? I loved the story; fell in love with the characters; and felt their emotions and angst along with them. I had not read the previous "prince" stories but did not find that hindered my understanding of this novel. However, after reading this one, I'm going to go back and read the one where Avery and Colin meet for the first time (Susanna's story). Happily ever after? Read and find out! I received this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild and was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
This was a charming Christmas story. While it's considered a novella, it reads like a complete book. I really enjoyed the setting of the story and the richness of the country's tradition of ringing the bell. The characters were well-written and believable. Plot: Avery Truitt's reluctant to go to Brighton to visit her sister. Doing so will mean running into her ex-boyfriend Prince Colin, who happens to be her brother-in-law's cousin. Both Avery and Colin's heart were broken when they broke up, but now Colin's expected to marry the wealthy Lady Jordan who he's been escorting to all the royal events. Brighton tradition surrounds an old chapel bell and the stories of men who would ring the bell for their true love, resulting in Christmas weddings. Recommendation: This is the perfect story for anyone who's dreamed of one day finding her prince. While this novella is part of the Royal Wedding Series, it can stand alone. I haven' t read all the rest of the series, yet I still felt like I wasn’t missing anything. This is strong Christian fiction, with the presence of God firmly felt in some scenes, so if that's not your thing, I'd suggest looking for another book. Rating: 4.5/5 stars I received a copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild. This review is my honest opinion.
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
Avery Truitt is still confused and frustrated as to why Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom walked away from her five years ago and left her with nothing but questions and silence. Avery's sister, Susanna, invites Avery and their mother over to Cathedral City for the Christmas season. Colin, Brighton's most eligible bachelor, will be unavoidable with all the family events planned. Avery will have to either relive the pain of seeing him, or will finally receive closure after all this time. God places Colin right in the middle of centuries old tradition, and Colin must decide if he will follow his heart, or what his family expects of him. I loved revisiting Brighton Kingdom and learning Avery and Colin's story. Rachel Hauck has once again delivered a sweet romance that is an easy and enjoyable read. Even though the Christmas season is over if you look at the calendar, I still loved the book.
taralynee More than 1 year ago
This book is #4 in The Royal Wedding Series. While I believe it’s not crucial that you read the previous three books before reading this one, it would definitely give you more of the big picture. And really, why not read the whole series?! Cheery, bright, and Christmasy… A Royal Christmas Wedding is a story of love and trust… and forgiveness. Southern girl Avery Truitt tells herself that she’s over Prince Colin of Brighton. She tells herself that, but in her most honest moments, she knows it’s not true. When she and Mama decide to spend the Christmas season in Brighton with Avery’s sister, she knows she must put a mask on, because she can’t risk letting Colin see how much she still hurts. The old Pembroke bell rings mysteriously at the end of the Harvest Celebration, causing all of Brighton begins to buzz with questions and anticipation — will the historic tradition be brought back to life.. will whoever rang the bell for his true love marry her on Christmas morning? Who rang it.. and for whom? Rachel Hauck has a very fun storytelling style, and the way she combines the south with royalty to create modern day fairy tales.. there’s just nobody quite like her. I think I’d liken this book to a red velvet truffle. Small but heartwarming and sweet, it’s like a party treat – between all the softly falling snow and the dream-like beauty of Cathedral City, I almost felt like I was in a snowglobe.. except we haven’t really had snow here lately.. If you’re accustomed to judging books by their titles, you might hear this one and think it’s fluff. But it’s really not. It’s a sweet story about trusting God and others. So much depth inside this little book… while still feeling pretty light. P.S. The epilogue is adorable. While I loved this book, the epilogue just might be my favorite part.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I've really enjoyed this series, as I love the idea of royals falling for commoners and this book is no exception. Prince Colin and Avery met and fell in love five years earlier, but he broke her heart...without reason. Now they have a second chance at love...if it all works out this time. I love these characters! Prince Colin did indeed have a decent reason for the heartbreak, although he didn't handle it well. Chalk it up to immaturity. As much as he tries to fight his heart, he does a good job of winning the reader over. I love watching him find his faith and strength to do hard things. Avery is a sweet and strong woman, but how many times can a heart break? I didn't blame her at all for trying to move on, but when true love calls, she has to decide how to answer. There really is something engaging about royals and I couldn't get enough. The magical effects of a prince, Christmas, and age-old traditions really grasped my attention and my heart. Although Maddie and Hy (the reporters) can be a bit overbearing and annoying, I felt they really brought certain aspects of this story alive. The culmination of the Christmas events made my heart sing--so perfect. I'm a little sad to see this series end. Content: mild romance (kissing); moderate religious elements (it IS a Christian fiction). *I received a copy through Netgalley, which didn't affect my review in any way.*
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
This is a modern-day fairy tale of two interesting young people who live an ocean apart. Both their lives are strongly shaped by their relationships with their fathers - Avery mourns the dad she lost all too soon to a heart attack; Collin idolizes his father, who sometimes doesn't seem to have a heart at all. He split up this young couple five years ago, and his reasons haven't changed - will he break their hearts again? The title of this novella gives away the end of the story, but the joy is in the journey. Like the books before it in this series, the setting of this book is a major part of its appeal. The small, island kingdom of Brighton is everything you'd love about a medieval country full of castles and cathedrals - WITH indoor plumbing and internet access! And once again, the formula is a beautiful Georgia belle winning the heart of a handsome Brightonian prince/official. It was nice to get glimpses of the previous couples, along with a cheerful dose of Christmas traditions in this little Christian burg. You have to suspend reality a bit as folks (once again) fly back and forth over the Atlantic on a whim, but that's part of the fun here. I was not a fan of the epilogue, which takes us decades into the future, and makes it clear that this is the last book in this series. But overall, Rachel Hauck spins a lovely romantic tale with just enough twists and surprises to make it a magical Christmas story. I was given a complimentary copy of this book via The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. It's a keeper!
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Will Love Find a Way? In a country right out of a fairy tale, a star-crossed couple meet for the first time in five years, and a six hundred pound bell rings, seemingly of its own accord. When Avery Truitt was 17, Prince Colin stole her heart. But just when she thought Colin and her were ready to march down the aisle together, the Prince disappeared from her life. Suddenly he cut off all communication, and Avery never knew what happened other than having her heart broken. Now Avery is going with her mom to celebrate Christmas in Brighton, the land where Colin lives. Despite Avery's sister, Susanna being married to Brighton's king, Avery is hoping she will not be attending anything Prince Colin will be a part of. But circumstances do throw the two of them together, and Avery tries very hard to keep her heart from getting tangled up with Colin again. Colin has spent the last five years serving in the military and being groomed to someday take over his father's multi-million dollar business. He has also tried, but failed, to find someone else who touched his heart like Avery did. When Colin discovers Avery is in Brighton, he is shocked to find his feelings of love for her immediately return. But he is also in a relationship with a well-known actress that his parents are pushing for him to marry. The local television show has being doing a "Colin watch" speculating on many of their shows who Colin will marry. When the Pembroke Chapel Bell rings, and Colin is in the bell tower, everyone believes he is reviving the tradition that the ringing announces his intention to wed on Christmas Day--but to whom? Collin claims he did not ring the bell. In fact, he states that God rang the bell in response to a prayer he had just uttered. But the talk is that Colin will marry the actress but wants to keep the public in the dark about it. This is fun story, set in the land of Brighton, a place where Christmas is celebrated like it is part of a story book. It is easy to find yourself rooting for Colin and Avery to somehow get together, despite roadblocks put in place by the person who broke them up five years earlier. I got caught up in the story right away. Even though this is the fourth installment in the Royal Wedding Series, this story stands alone. I had not read any of the other books, and had no problem following this tale at all. Anyone who likes Christmas stories or light romance will enjoy this five-star book written from a Christian point of view. Zondervan Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of A Royal Christmas Wedding, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
I’ve been wanting to read this series for awhile because I love anything to with princesses and romance. So with that being said, “A Royal Christmas Wedding” is the first novel I have read by Rachel Hauck. While this is the conclusion to the A Royal Wedding Series, you do not have to read the books in order. Although, I will definitely have to read the previous three because I LOVED this! Prince Colin and Avery Truitt fell in love five years ago but fell apart when Colin suddenly stopped communicating with her. Avery has convinced herself that she is over him, but finds herself spending Christmas with her pregnant older sister which happens to be the heart of his hometown. Will she seeing him again bring her the closure she needs or will they end up rekindling their love for one another? This novel was so romantic! I can’t think of anything more romantic than the tradition of ringing the bell to declare your intentions of marriage. It was even more entertaining that it was a “God thing” (the ringing of the bell) that pushed Colin to do the right thing. Colin has a strong faith but he struggles when it comes to his earthly father. His father was a dislikeable character so I am still struggling with how his random turnaround happened, but I am glad it did. Avery has been through so much this year. She’s already grieving the loss of her father and trying to figure out her future but now Colin is thrown back into the mix. Despite the fact that she’s hurt about how he cut her off, she is determined to find closure and find out what really happened. Avery is a fun character who doesn’t need a man to support her. She doesn’t let her volleyball injury stop her from seeking a job and she’s supportive of her sister and mother. Like Colin, she too has a strong faith in God, but struggles with doubt and trust when it comes to Colin. Will he be able to win her heart again? Speaking of faith, Rachel Hauck shows how God works in the lives of Prince Colin and Avery. There wasn’t a moment in the book where she didn’t give God credit and she explained the gospel beautifully. I wish that Cathedral City were real. The town sounds like such a beautiful and magical place that I would totally want to visit! I felt like I was actually there seeing Old Towne with the characters. I wish we had festivities like the ones described in the book here in America! “A Royal Christmas Wedding” is a cute, cheesy, and beautiful romance novel that ought to be a Hallmark movie. It’s perfect for Christmastime. Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A delightful contemporary Christmas romance! This is part of a “true” series. I believe that you need to read the books in order to fully follow the story line and get the full enjoyment out of them. I have to admit that I haven’t read the previous books myself. There were a number of times that I felt like I was a little confused because of that. The setting in Brighton Kingdom is the stuff that fairy tales are made of. The introduction of the history behind the bell ringing just after midnight after the Harvest Ball completely set the stage for me. I absolutely love these characters. There is a wonderful amount of detail for a number of the characters. This includes Avery Truitt, Prince Colin and those that are closest to both of them. Both Avery and Prince Colin are dealing with their own emotional conflicts. Their feelings for each other are competing with the desire to live the life they believe they are supposed to live. They are trying to trust God to lead them along the path that He has planned for them. I am highly recommending this charming story and giving it a rating of 5 stars. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
I’m really becoming a fan of Rachel Hauck’s books. This is the first of this series I’ve read of hers, but now I want to go back and read the first 3 in the Royal Wedding series. The mix of royals with your average folks is a unique and entertaining blend. The romance is captivating, the dialogue witty, and the obstacles in their way all perfect ingredients for one delightful story. I loved Prince Colin and Avery from the start. These two fight their instant attraction to each other and their complicated past doesn’t make things any easier. They were in love once, until circumstances and misunderstandings separated them for years. When they cross paths again, they’re both in great denial over their feelings. Let the romantic tension begin! The Brighton Christmas tradition, in particular, was one of my favorite parts. It’s charming contribution to the story was simple and sweet. You’ll have to read it to find out what I’m talking about. ( hint hint!) The secondary characters were also vivid to me, as well as the settings. I felt like I’d stepped into their world. The book was an easy read and had me guessing how the story would end. A Royal Christmas Wedding was a perfect holiday tale. It’s festive and romantic, leading its characters to healing and happiness. I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
slm76 More than 1 year ago
Rachel Hauck takes her readers back to Brighton Kingdom one more time for a bonus fairy tale in The Royal Wedding series. The American sister-in-law of King Nathaniel is coming to visit her sister for Christmas. She’s also hoping to avoid her ex, who happens to be the king’s cousin. Her plans lie back in the USA, and coaching volleyball at either high school or university level. Cathedral City at Christmas might be romantic, but Avery doesn’t plan on having any of it while she’s there. The novella’s prologue contains a heartbreaking tragedy from 1834 when a member of the royal family died while taking part in a century-old tradition. I wanted to know more about it and how it impacted the people involved. But that isn’t the focus of the book and so I knew I probably wouldn’t get many answers. The first chapter, however, took me to one of my favorite places: the Georgia coast. The book counts down to Christmas and details events from balls to fundraisers, including appearances on the popular Madeline and Hyacinth show. The young royals remind me very much of Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge. A Royal Christmas Wedding is very much a fantasy romance. After all, with the exception of Kate Middleton, there aren’t many ordinary women who marry into royalty. There’s also an element of the supernatural: a chapel bell rings when its rope is tied securely to the wall and no one’s touching it. It does help to have read the novels in the series as there are mentions of events from them. This book brings us full circle in the series, focusing on the Truitt sisters and their dreamy royal loves just as Once Upon a Prince did. Finally, there’s a happy ever after epilogue. This is a true Christmas fairytale to warm the heart at any time of year. Thank you to TNZFiction’s Fiction Guild for my complimentary copy of A Royal Christmas Wedding. No review was required.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “I thought marriage was a covenant. You got my back, I got yours, we’re in this together for the long haul. That love was the bond that held you together along with the commitment.” ** Rachel Hauck continues the story of volleyball phenom Avery Truitt and Brighton Kingdom’s Prince Colin in “A Royal Christmas Wedding.” Her volleyball career sidelined by a rotator cuff injury, Avery is back home in St. Simons Island, Georgia, trying to decide her future path. When her sister, Susanna, wife to King Nathaniel II, invites Avery and their mother to spend the holidays in Brighton, Avery jumps at the chance to take a break from planning her future and celebrate a magical Christmas with family. There’s just one catch though — she just might run into her past love and heartbreak, Prince Colin, cousin to the king. As Colin gets pulled into a 182-year-old legend — where a man rings the Pembroke Chapel bell to announce his true intentions for his one true love — he and Avery keep getting put together in situations, and must come to terms with their true emotions. Will they be able to overcome past obstacles and admit their love for one another? “A Royal Christmas Wedding” is a super sweet love story and a truly lovely Christmas story. The characters are delightful, sweet and even, at times, funny. But even more than just being a romance story, Hauck’s latest novel offers several amazing lessons — dealing with toppled dreams; the idea of “the good Lord doesn’t forget His own, does He?”; the impossible is only hindered by doubt and fear; faith isn’t easy; pleasing one’s father versus one’s Father; and the true meaning of Christmas — Jesus Christ. This book definitely can be read as a standalone, as I had not read any of the prior books in the series and had no problem following the storyline. And it makes a delightful, and short, tale for this holiday season. Five stars out of five. Zondervan provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
cdscotton More than 1 year ago
I have several books on my bookshelf by Rachel Hauck, including Princess Ever After, one of the books in the Royal Wedding series. After reading A Royal Christmas Wedding, they have been moved to the top of my TBR pile. A Royal Christmas Wedding is a wonderful book. In fact, it’s one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year. The characters, setting, story, and the Christmas magic mixes together to form a practically perfect book that is heartwarming and romantic. Avery Truitt and Prince Colin were in a secret relationship four years ago, which ended poorly. In the present, both Avery and Colin admit to themselves the feelings are still there, though they deny it to practically everyone else—including each other. We find out over the course of the book that their family members were not as ignorant of the relationship and their feelings, which brings both Avery and Colin into important realizations about their current relationship. Avery is a great heroine and is probably one of my favorite heroines from books I’ve read this year. I appreciate heroines with their lives in flux because for a long time I felt the same way, and so it makes it easier for me to relate to them and what the heroines are going through. She is struggling with choices and doesn’t know how to reconcile her feelings for Colin with her ambition to coach a college volleyball team. Her love for her family is evident throughout the entire story and the interactions between Avery and her sister Susanna (Queen of Brighton Kingdom and heroine of a previous book) feel very similar to how I interact with my own siblings. Colin is a great hero as well. He is very upfront with himself about his feelings, and the struggles he has with his father add depth and outer conflict to the romance between Colin and Avery. Colin is self-aware and sure of his feelings for Avery but when it comes to taking action is torn between duty and love. The scenes in which he finally decides which is more important are some of my favorite in the book. The setting of Brighton Kingdom is truly wonderful. The descriptions of the Christmas festivities and the city and country are so vivid I can easily picture it. And I want to live there! The two hosts of the TV show very entertaining and provide some fun commentary as they count down toward Christmas. The secondary characters, especially Avery’s mother and Colin’s father, are also well crafted and have their own motivations and personalities. A Royal Christmas Wedding is the fourth book in a series, yet in my opinion stands alone perfectly fine. If you have read the previous books in the series, you will definitely find much enjoyment in seeing the characters from those stories in this one. If you have never read any of the other books in the series, I don’t believe this will impede your enjoyment of this book. I give this book 5/5 stars and recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary romance with great characters, a gorgeous and clearly rendered setting, and the magic of Christmas filling every page. I cannot wait to read the other books by Ms. Hauck! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through CelebrateLit. All opinions are my own.**
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Avery Truitt is a down home, hard working southern girl. While it's true most people don't meet the love of their while in high school, that doesn't mean it never happens. Avery was thoroughly heartbroken when Colin stood her up and cut off all communication. Now Colin is back in Avery's life while she's visiting her sister for Christmas and everyone gets all wrapped up in an old nearly forgotten tradition. While Colin is in the middle of this big old pickle, he has to decide whether he will continue doing as he's told or finally grab life by the reins and discern God's will for himself. I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through NetGalley and CelebrateLit. The opinions expressed are my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Royal Christmas Wedding is a wonderful story. I have enjoyed the series and loved how Christmas was included in this installment. It was great catching up with the characters from the previous books. Prince Colin and Avery were the two main characters this time around and their chemistry is undeniable. This book is not but a few pages over 200 and it took me no time to read. I highly recommend this magical Christmas love story. 5 stars
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Christmas in Brighton Kingdom. Be still my heart. Does it get any better than that? This was the fourth and, sadly, final book in the Royal Wedding Series by Rachel Hauck. I have adored this series, and this current book did not disappoint. Like the previous novels, A Royal Christmas Wedding blended fairy tale romance with the miraculous in a contemporary setting. What stood out to me about Prince Colin was his desire to honor his father. Avery was determined not to drive a wedge in that relationship. Both of them were determined to follow God's leading, and they were blessed because of it. Words fail me to describe how much I loved this book. I laughed out loud, I cringed at the heartache, and I celebrated the Christmas season alongside the Brightonians. It is a great stand-alone Christmas or romance novel, and previous Brighton Kingdom visitors will love it. I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This is the final book is a touching series. We have watched Avery grow up between our eyes and now she gets to try and find her chance at happiness. This book will grab you on the first page and not let go until the very end. I also like the fairy tale theme to this book as what does every girl want but their own fairy tale and this one has a Christmas twist to it so that was an added bonus. Brighton sounds like such a special place and I enjoyed the bell ringing tradition. Rachel's writing style makes this book very easy to read as the words just flow off the pages. I thought she did a good job in wrapping up this series. Although I will be sad to see it go. This book can also be read as a stand alone book.