Royal Secrets

Royal Secrets

by Kathleen Irene Paterka

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The Royal Wedding Chapel of Las Vegas

Where dreams come true
and are just as easily destroyed...

Immersed in the regal world of weddings and romance, Lily Lavender grew up believing in brides, grooms and happily-ever-afters. A direct descendent of the British royals, it seemed her destiny and royal birthright to someday assume a position as wedding coordinator in their family-owned wedding chapel business. But when her mother Mimi's third marriage eventually fails, Lily's dreams of her own happily-ever-after quickly fade. She's no longer interested in a life of assisting brides walk down the aisle into a life of disillusionment and possible divorce. Lily turns her back on The Royal Wedding Chapel and leaves Las Vegas to fashion a life of her own.

Years later, Lily--now a single mom--discovers her teenage daughter has run off to Las Vegas, lured by Mimi to help run the chapel. Determined to save her daughter from the broken dreams of Sin City and the nonsensical world of which family fairy tales are made, Lily returns to Las Vegas. But nothing prepares Lily for the royal drama which awaits her... or the sins and secrets she stumbles across that threaten to close the chapel and ruin her family forever.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016595221
Publisher: Kathleen Irene Paterka
Publication date: 06/13/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 283
Sales rank: 361,882
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kathleen Irene Paterka is the author of numerous novels which embrace universal themes of family and home, including the Women's Fiction series, "The James Bay Books". Kathleen began writing at a very young age and went on to distinguish herself as the resident staff writer for Castle Farms, a world renowned castle listed on the National Historic Register. Kathleen is co-author of the non-fiction book FOR THE LOVE OF A CASTLE, published in August of 2012. Having lived and studied abroad, Kathleen's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Michigan University. She and her husband live in the beautiful north country of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Kathleen loves hearing from readers! You can contact her via her website at http:/

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Royal Secrets 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love reading Chick Lit stories that includes royalty, weddings and intriguing family dynamics? In Royal Secrets, author Kathleen Irene Paterka weaves an entertaining tale set in Las Vegas, and told in the first person narrative that follows the trials and tribulations of Lily Lavender as she unwilling assumes the management of the family business, The Royal Wedding Chapel of Las Vegas, while her mother Mimi "Queen Mum" Alexander recovers from a stroke. Lily grew up in the shadows of the elegant wedding chapel family business in Las Vegas. But when unhappy family events leads her to becomes disillusioned and cynical with the fairy tale happy-ever-after services that her mother provides, Lily leaves Sin City to lead her own life as a Director of Finance for an international casket company in San Diego, California. Content with her life as a single mother to seventeen year old Tori, Lily's life is turned upside down when Tori runs off to be with her grandmother in Las Vegas. Tori has been bitten with the royal bridal wedding bug since she was two years old, and there is nothing she wants more than to join the family business. Lily isn't going to let her daughter fall into the trap that she had escaped, but when Mimi suffers a stroke, Lily is left to assume the management of the family business that she despises. Lily is determined to only be temporarily involved in the running of the wedding chapel until Mimi recovers, but when she discovers that the family business is in fiscal trouble, she uncovers a hornets nest of long held family sins and secrets. Who says you never can go home again? I really enjoyed reading Royal Secrets, from the glitter of the royal tiara on the cover, to the promise of intriguing family drama, author Kathleen Irene Paterka weaves an entertaining tale that engages the reader in following the dysfunctional family dynamic and relationship of three generations of women, and the royal bonds that bind them together. Interwoven within the storyline is the richly descriptive reference to the British Royalty and their traditional royal weddings, for fans of everything British Royalty, this is the book for you! The story is multi-layered with intriguing twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing as the family royal secrets unfold. I loved that the story is set in Las Vegas with the glitz and glamour of the wedding chapels as the focal point of the story, they are just as famous and prominent a landmark as the casinos are in Sin City. Who hasn't ever fantasized about eloping to Las Vegas and getting married in one of the famous wedding chapels? With an interesting cast of characters who have multi-layered life stories and long-held secrets, the reader can't help but get drawn into the drama and complexity of their family dynamic. As family secrets unravel, not everything is as it seems, but Lily's journey of self-discovery and the strengthening of family bonds comes full circle with a satisfying royal happily-ever-after ending! Royal Secrets is an enjoyable story that has everything a Chick Lit fan could ask for: romance, family drama and secrets, and dreams of royal weddings!
MrsAnderson More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of Kathleen ever since I read “Fatty Patty” (such a great book), so I was eager to start “Royal Secrets”. Being a huge fan of the Royal Family, I really enjoyed this book, and even the references to Kate. There were a lot of twists and turns, which made for a page-turner. While the beginning seemed a little slow and there were parts that seemed to drag on a bit, it definitely picked up in the middle. I was constantly wondering what would happen next. I thought the characters were written really well, but my favorite was Tori. She was mature and smart, and I liked how she challenged her mother. My main issue with this book was Lilly’s character. From the beginning, she seemed really upset with her mother for having a stroke. It like she was put out for having to take care of her. I also thought Lilly needed to step in take over for Tori, who seemed to take better care of Mimi. Kathleen’s writing was witty and fun! Like I mentioned above, this wasn’t my first book by her, and I know it won’t be my last! I give “Royal Secrets” 4 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! You did it again. :) I ciuldn't put this book down. What a wonderful story about a wedding chapel in Las Vages. If your looking for a good book this one. Kathleen has done it again. It has love, mystery and romance. By: alaska grandma