A Royal Christmas Wish

A Royal Christmas Wish

by Lizzie Shane

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Overview

Nobody does royal romance or Christmas like Hallmark!
Enjoy the enchanting original novel from Lizzie Shane.

Jenny knows she isn’t the princess type. Sure, she’s friendly and caring, but with her clumsiness and lack of self-confidence, glass slippers would only make her trip. When Dom, the cute guy she runs into in the park, turns out to be the prince of San Noelle, she figures he must not be her happy ever after.

But a mysterious countess grants Jenny’s one wish, and she finds herself married to this handsome prince! Unfortunately, at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, her life will go back to normal.

In funny and touching ways, Jenny navigates royal traditions the best she can. But even as she grows closer to Dom, the clock is ticking. With love and a little holiday magic, could she somehow make the enchantment last forever?

This sweet holiday romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Chicken Shawarma.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947892446
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 122,919
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Contemporary romance author Lizzie Shane was born in Alaska and still calls the frozen north home, though she can frequently be found indulging her travel addiction. Thankfully, her laptop travels with her and she has written her way through fifty states and over fifty countries. Lizzie has been honored to win the Golden Heart Award and HOLT Medallion, and has been named a finalist three times for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award®, but her main claim to fame is her recent appearance as a contestant on Jeopardy! For more about Lizzie and her books, please visit www.lizzieshane.com.

Read an Excerpt

I didn't see the jogger coming around a corner—

Until I was broadsiding him, my momentum carrying both of us off our feet, sending us flying into a snowbank.

“Oh!”

“Uhngh!” I’d landed on something entirely too firm to be snow. The man beneath me grunted with the impact.

Mortification swamped me as I tried to clamber off him, earning another grunt when I pushed down—which was a good sign, right? If he was grunting, then at least I hadn’t killed him.

“I’m so sorry! Are you okay?” Please let nothing be broken. “Sir?” I lifted myself high enough to check for injuries and found myself looking into the bluest eyes I’d ever seen.

“Are you all right?” a deep voice tinged with a slight accent asked, but I’d lost my powers of speech.

Crystal-blue eyes with a dark gray circle outlining the edge of the iris and fringed by the thickest, darkest lashes imaginable stared up into mine from a distance of inches and for a moment, my breath caught in my throat as the outside world seemed to fade away…

Only to return with a thunder of footsteps as a group of joggers rushed toward us. “Are you all right, y—”

“I’m fine,” the man beneath me told the joggers in a stiff accented voice, holding up a hand to wave them off before arching a brow at me. “Do you mind?” he asked—and I realized I’d been gaping at him like an idiot while hovering over him so he couldn’t get up.

“Sorry! I’m so sorry!” I babbled, scrambling to one side. The joggers, a group of men in matching black running gear, had fallen back to the opposite side of the path, pretending to stretch and watching me as if I might start tackling more unsuspecting runners. I couldn’t really blame them. Why did I have to be such a human train wreck? “Does anything hurt?” I asked, kneeling at my victim’s side—and getting my first good look at him when I wasn’t fixated on his dreamy eyes or tackling him into the snow.

He really was unfairly good looking. Tall and fit, your basic dream guy—and posh, with fancy designer jogging gear and his thick, dark hair styled perfectly. Everything about him was basically perfect, which only made me feel like more of a walking disaster.

He glanced at me warily as he sat up, rubbing a hand across the sharp plane of his jaw. “All parts functional,” he replied and the accent tugged at me; something vaguely European that seemed to wrap the words in luxury. “And you?”

“I’m fine. I’m so sorry,” I said. Once the words started, I couldn’t seem to stop. “My dog—it wasn’t his fault. I threw the ball too hard and it bounced, and he didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to chase it, he’s always been allowed to chase it in the park before, so how would he know we weren’t supposed to be on the jogging path—”

He studied me, as if suspicious of the barrage of words. Why did I have to body slam someone so intimidatingly perfect and composed? “Your dog?” He seemed skeptical as he came to his feet, looking at me as if he was wondering exactly how many bricks short of a load I was—though he still extended his hand to help me to my feet.

I took the offered hand, which lifted me effortlessly to my feet, and I felt my face heat as I dusted the snow off my tailored gray pants. “I was chasing my dog—well, a dog.” Belatedly realizing that didn’t make me sound any more rational, as if I just ran through the park chasing random dogs and attacking joggers, I blushed and rushed on, “I promise I don’t normally tackle strangers in the park. And I promise there’s a dog.” Prince Harry reappeared then, bounding over the snow with the ball clutched in his mouth, and I pointed at him with a rush of relief. “That dog.”

The jogger’s shoulders lowered a notch at the sight of Prince Harry—canine confirmation that I wasn’t completely out of my mind—and for a moment I almost thought I saw his lips twitch. “Looks like he got it.”

Prince Harry bounced in front of us, proud of himself for vanquishing the renegade ball, and I wasn’t sure whether I should praise him for returning with it or scold him for chasing it—though I was the one who had thrown it for him to chase, and he didn’t know he was supposed to stay off the jogging path. I settled for patting him on the head and murmuring, “Good boy, baby,” as I clipped the leash back onto his collar.

Prince Harry dropped the ball at my feet, though he didn’t go into his crouch, confused by the combination of the leash and the ball, which we’d never had out at the same time before.

“I’m so sorry—” I began again, but the jogger gave me a look that froze the seventeen millionth apology in my throat and bent to search for something in the snow—which put him right on Prince Harry’s level. The dog enthusiastically snuffled his ear and I started to apologize and pull him away, but the jogger was already rubbing his head affectionately, earning puppy kisses in return.

Which of course made me melt into a puddle of goo. He liked dogs. Of course he did. He was perfect. The kind of man who hadn’t threatened to sue when I broadsided him into a snowbank and instead asked if I was okay.

“Cute mutt,” he said, bending his head toward Prince Harry’s.

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A Royal Christmas Wish 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a sweet, wholesome, Christmas story. This story is rich in humor,love and wishes. It's a quick, fun read that will have you wishing you were "Just Jenny". Definitely a story that will get and keep you in the Christmas spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I love a nice tale, I am generally averse to the prince/fairytale genre. That said, I actually found this to be a very charming read. The descriptions were perfect (Central Park in winter was well written in particular). I honestly did not want to put it down. I will be looking for more by Lizzie Shane.
Readnread More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give this charming story more than five stars. The book is warm and fun and despite the fantasy element, surprisingly real. Jenny and her insecurities represents a part of each of us and will have you demanding a happy ending for her and Don. This one is a MUST READ!
DixieSchweitzer 7 months ago
Hallmark Publishing offers up yet another delightful holiday romantic adventure suitable for readers from teens to grandparents. The light paranormal element of a wish granted offers a fun plot device. The characters are believable and easy to like, even the ones we are set up in the beginning to dislike. Treat yourself to this book and be transported to San Noelle for the holidays! I requested and voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley and I offer my honest opinion in response.
MelissaF 10 months ago
I love Hallmark movies and I love the books just as much. Simple, pure romance. That's what I love. I can watch the shows without worrying about my teen-age son walking in.  I really enjoyed this book. It didn't go the way I thought it would but I still liked it.  I wanted to know what was Dom's story because we don't really get a big picture of him like we do with Jenny.  There is definitley something magical between them but did it get lost in the busyness of kingdom living? If you love Hallmark movies I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.  A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 
Pattistep 12 months ago
This is a charming modern day fairytale that, like all the best fairytales, has a “fairy godmother” (or is she a Christmas elf?) who grants Christmas wishes to those selected by a mysterious process. In this story, the unlikely candidate is Jenny. Jenny always introduces herself, as “Just Jenny”. She wants to find a great career in New York City, but has trouble showing confidence in job interviews or taking in chances. As Jenny and an adorable dog named Prince Henry literally collide with a real life prince named Dominic, the attraction between the two of them is undeniable and the Christmas magic begins. Jenny’s wish of a perfect Christmas with the prince is granted, and Jenny awakes one morning in a bedroom in the palace, married to the prince. The story then goes on to define if this is going to be Jenny’s dream come true, or if it’s a case of “be careful what you wish for”? I loved that Jenny’s story is told in first-person, so we see everything through Jenny’s eyes. She is delightfully awkward and clumsy at times and this impacts her role as a princess, and that adds the charm to this story. She’s loyal and caring, and makes a perfect counterpart to her prince. Prince Dom is all that a girl could ask for in a prince. As the story continues, we are left to wonder if the Christmas magic is truly Jenny’s wish—-or is it Dom’s? There are elements in this story reminiscent of the movies “The Family Man” and “Cinderella” in this book, and they work together well. It’s a fun book to read, and I hope we’ll see it as a Hallmark movie soon. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Daria White More than 1 year ago
A Royal Christmas Wish by Lizzie Shane is the story of Jenny who works as a dog walker and caterer. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, so she interviews for different jobs. What’s her passion? As she figures this out she runs into Dom while playing with a dog she’s name after Prince Harry. Dom and she hit it off, but then she finds out he’s a prince. Jenny wishes for the perfect Christmas to see him again, but when she wakes up in the royal palace as Princess Jenny married to Dom, will her wish be worth it? Is her fairy tale Christmas even real? I loved this story, and it’s one of my new favorites! I couldn’t put it down! I applaud Lizzie Shane for writing not only an entertaining but heartwarming story. Jenny truly comes into her own and I guarantee you won’t put the book down until you find out how her wish turns out. Incredible read!
EvaC0127 More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful and at times hilarious story, yet it was also heartwarming! It is just right for the Christmas holidays and definitely worthy of becoming a Hallmark movie. This story will have the reader engaged from the first page. Even when I was interrupted, I could not get the story out of my mind and had to continue reading to the end (although I was very sad it ended). I don't want to create any spoilers. So, if you are looking for a holiday-themed read that will provide a delightful experience, look no further. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book provided by the publisher and BookFunnel. However, the thoughts expressed are totally my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Couldn't put it down!
MugsyMae More than 1 year ago
When a Christmas wish turns into a real life fairytale, Just Jenny is stunned. Her Cinderella fantasy of loving a prince sure seems real, but she knows all fairytales have lessons for the princess to learn. So she decides to figure it out. A Royal Christmas Wish is all about being yourself and making dreams come true. A fun Hallmark Christmas read!
bmrawlins More than 1 year ago
What if you woke up one morning, married to the man of your dreams, who, oh yea, happens to be a prince, which makes you a real princess. You would hope that in “make a wish” fashion, all the frills, benefits and knowledge of being a royal would come with it, but in true Christmas chaos fashion that Hallmark is known for, that is not what happens. Jenny has the pleasure of learning how to be a royal while also trying not to cause international crises. The one thing she does know, beyond a shadow of doubt, is she loves Dom and will do whatever it takes to makes this one wish come true and not expire at the stroke of midnight. All the magic, sparkle, and romance make this one of my new favorite Hallmark Christmas stories, and that’s saying a lot because I love all of them!
ThreesmomDC More than 1 year ago
When I read the first chapter or two of this book in Buzz Books 2019: Romance, I was hooked and immediately requested the full book from Harlequin thru Netgalley. I loved every word of this book and did not want to put the book down to deal with "life" things. Poor Jenny, she is searching for who she is meant to be and what she is meant to do, but she keeps sabotaging herself at every turn. Then one day while playing with her favorite shelter dog in the park, Jenny literally runs into a real life prince, only she has no idea that that is true. They share an hour or two together and then go their separate ways. Later that evening at a party that Jenny is a server at, Jenny discovers that Dom is really Prince Dominic of San Noelle. Dom and Jenny talk even more at the party until their duties separate them. Jenny thinks that she will never see Dom again as he is returning home the next day, until she happens to find a bracelet and returns it to its owner. The lady then grants Jenny a Christmas Wish and all Jenny can think of is spending Christmas with Prince Dominic. Jenny finds out the next morning that her wish has been granted and she wakes up in San Noelle, but just exactly how long does a Christmas wish last? Are there consequences to having said wish granted? Can Jenny and Dom and the dog truly find their HEAs? I promise that you will not be disappointed with the answers to these questions and the only way to find them is to read the book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hooked on this book from the beginning. It will give you a tremendous amount of Christmas Cheer. It couldn't put the book down. A real page-turner. After reading this book, you will truly believe in yourself again. Would recommend this book highly.
arubaqueen More than 1 year ago
What a fun book Lizzie Shane has come up! Jenny and her bff Margo moved to the big city to chase their dreams. While Margo is about to marry her dream man, Jenny seems to be drifting through life. She has many part time jobs to make her share of the rent while she continues to go on interviews looking for the perfect job. It's while working one of those fill in jobs she literally runs a man down. Later in the evening at another of her jobs, she runs into him again and finds out he's a real prince. Jenny clicked with Dom and when she's offered any wish, she makes one hoping it gets her a prince. While in her dream/wish she figures out what she wants to do, but now she has to figure out how to get it and her prince. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving my review.
momof3boysj More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written, delightful modern fairy-tale. Magical, wishes, and a fairy godmother, who could ask for more in a royal Christmas romance? A chance encounter between Jenny and Prince Dom finds easy banter and a spark of romance, a second encounter leaves her wanting more, a wish finds her waking up in another life where she's forced to find her confidence and make her dreams come true. A perfect life, but made of wishes, or is it? When reality hits, Jenny has a choice, return to her old life or seek the one she craves with Dom. Time is not on her side, but with a little bit of help from Tante Arie, and a cloud laced with peppermint, Jenny is transformed into a princess ready for the Christmas ball. Only time will tell if wishes come true when the clock strikes midnight! I highly recommend this story. **received an ARC from netgalley
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
A Royal Christmas Wish, to me, is Cinderella visits Santa and asks for a wish! It was a fun, touching, wonderful holiday story with an HEA made for a princess. Yes, I liked and yes, it made me feel like I was living a fairy tale. Jenny James is interviewing for a job in New York City. She is moonlighting as a catering server and the job of the hour is for a holiday party…dressed as an elf. The author weaves a much better telling of this than I can but there you go. Her job interview takes on a life of its own and she leaves it feeling…conflicted. She walks to her volunteer “job”, at Paws For Love, and visits with her “prince” …a wonderful dog at the shelter. (Get it? Her “prince”!) When she takes Prince Harry for a walk, he runs off and she manages for run into a very handsome stranger named Dom, jogging and…well, you’ll need to read it for yourself. Dom is actually Prince Alexander Dominic and the party where Jenny is serving that night, in the elf costume of course, is being held in his honor. I can’t do justice to the magic in this story – the magic of love, trust, and being true to yourself – you need to read it for yourself. You never know how the good things happen in your life, or why, but if you believe… Jenny was so relatable in her self-doubt but she has much more pluck that I will ever have. And Dom really is such a sweet, really nice guy, under the purple sash of course, and I loved both of these characters. I really enjoyed this book and loved the mirroring of a fairytale!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! By chapter 5 I was hooked and couldn't put it down. There is Christmas and believing in yourself magic. It is a whole sum good book. Would recommend anyone who is need a little Christmas pick me up to read this book.
Kristin Rivers More than 1 year ago
What a magical story! Jenny is so relatable and who says dreams still can't come true or are impossible? With a little Christmas magic, they just seem likelier. Other characters including Margo, Dom, Prince Harry, and even Andrea are also highlights for me. I would recommend tissues as you read this book because you are going to need them. Happy reading! I received this book for free from Hallmark Publishing and BookFunnel in exchange for an honest review.
silvatrend8553 More than 1 year ago
Nobody does royal romance or Christmas like Hallmark! Enjoy the enchanting original novel from Lizzie Shane. Jenny knows she isn’t the princess type. Sure, she’s friendly and caring, but with her clumsiness and lack of self-confidence, glass slippers would only make her trip. When Dom, the cute guy she runs into in the park, turns out to be the prince of San Noelle, she figures he must not be her happy ever after. This enchanting and magical romance is just the ticket for Christmas. I have never read anything by this author before but it was a excellent surprise since in the heat of the summer I am in the mood for the holidays even though it is mid-July. It makes me in the mood for holiday festivities and cooler weather. I gave this humorous and delightful fantasy romance 4.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and creativity. It will make a wonderful Christmas movie for Hallmark if they intend to make one. I received a complimentary ARC of this book to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
TracyFritts1974 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading A Royal Christmas wish. It was well written and a wonderful story line. I enjoyed the characters and it was easy to read, and it help my attention, and a page turner. I voluntarily read and reviewed a advanced copy of this book. All opinions and thoughts are of my own. Thank you NetGallery and Hallmark Publishing.
AFerri More than 1 year ago
What's not to love about this book! An everyday girl tackles a guy in the park while trying to catch Prince Harry, the shelter dog. The guy turns out to be a prince and the fun starts! This book is well written and holds your attention. It was a joy to read and has a recipe at the end. I hope this book is one of the new Hallmark Christmas movies. Thank you Hallmark Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! Jenny James is a Just Jenny one day and she wakes up in a different situation the next. Living in New York City with her best friend, Margo, Jenny does odd jobs to make her rent. One of the jobs is a volunteer dog walker and her favorite is Prince Harry, a dog with a great personality and red fur. While walking Prince Harry in Central Park one day, she literally knocks down an handsome jogger named Dom, a very likable fellow. Later on that night, she is serving at a charity party and discovers he is actually a prince of a small kingdom, San Noelle, in the French Alps! After the party, a lovely lady who is like a fairy godmother grants Jenny a wish for returning a bracelet that she had lost. Her wish? To have a wonderful Christmas with a special man. The next day, she wakes up in San Noelle married to Dom! Is it a dream or just a wish? Where does reality begin and end? How long will her wish last? Just Jenny is now Princess Jennifer but she can't seem to get the princess thing right. She just needs some confidence. This is a sweet, feel good story that I honestly didn't know how it would end. A delightful Christmas story perfect for the Hallmark Channel. I received a complimentary ARC from Hallmark Publishing through NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions are mine only.
mholden More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It would make a great Hallmark Christmas movie and since it’s being published by Hallmark Publishing it is a perfect fit. Jenny is a young woman trying to find a niche for herself in New York City working three jobs to make ends meet. She is out walking a shelter dog she would love to adopt when she runs into a jogger in Central Park, literally. The story goes on from there but not in the typical formula you might expect. This was such a fun story but it was also exciting to see how Jenny grows, finds her voice and her self confidence in the process of getting to her happily ever after. And (note to Hallmark) it would make a terrific movie.
Doncella16 More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book! It's a magical & moving Christmas romance. I loved it from beginning to end. Jenny's not sure what her real plan in life is. She does want Happily Ever After. But everything changes when she meets Dom, a real life Prince. Great characters & romance make it the perfect holiday read. You will simply love Jenny & Dom. A Must Read Story!!