Truly Madly Royally (Point Paperbacks)

Truly Madly Royally (Point Paperbacks)

by Debbie Rigaud


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"The Princess Diaries meets Meghan and Harry in this swoony rom-com romp." -- In Touch Weekly

Zora Emerson is not here to play. She's enrolled in a prestigious summer program, and is ready to use what she's learning to change the world (or at least her corner of New Jersey, for now).

Zora's not expecting to vibe with any of her super-privileged classmates. So she's shocked to find she's got chemistry with Owen Whittelsey, who is charming, funny, undeniably cute...and turns out to literally be a prince. As in, his parents are the king and queen of a small European country. What?

Suddenly, Zora's summer is looking a lot more complicated -- especially when Owen asks her to be his date at his older brother's wedding. Can her feelings for Owen, not to mention her sense of self, survive the royal chaos?

Debbie Rigaud brings sparkling humor and insight to this empowering romantic comedy that's all about ruling your own destiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338332728
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 221,522
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Debbie Rigaud is the co-author of Alyssa Milano’s Hope series and the author of Truly Madly Royally. She grew up in East Orange, New Jersey, and started her career writing for entertainment and teen magazines. She now lives with her husband and children in Columbus, Ohio. Find out more at

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Truly Madly Royally (Point Paperbacks) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
magicalreads7 18 days ago
** I received an ARC from the publisher for a blog tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review. ** Ever since I saw the cover of Truly Madly Royally, I was intrigued. I always love royalty books, so having one with a woman of color, a Black girl, at the forefront was amazing. However, this book focuses not just on the romance but also on Zora’s life overall. Zora and Owen meet at summer classes at a local university. I liked this aspect because it was a really natural setting for them to meet. The class also furthered Zora’s plot line outside of the romance. I really loved that this book didn’t just focus on their romance; that would have made for a very typical royal romance book. Rather, Zora had her community outreach project, one that she devotes a lot of time to. It was really nice to see her relationships with the kids who are involved. Another difference between Truly Madly Royally and other royal romances is that Zora is Black. This, of course, sets her apart from Owen’s world. She faces racism there, even with Owen’s older brother marrying a biracial Black woman. There’s all sorts of stigma there, but it was nice to see Zora and her mother’s enthusiasm at the bride and her representation at the wedding. I will say that all the royal wedding stuff doesn’t even happen until the last third. Much of the book is Zora rejecting Owen or spending more time with her community outreach project. I guess this did give more time for their relationship to develop. Unfortunately, Owen is such a stock character that it was difficult to read his scenes with Zora sometimes. Everything about him was very bland, and his part of the dialogue was almost cringe-y. Overall, Truly Madly Royally was a cute read, perfect for this summer. If you like royal romances, you’ll like this one! Pick it up today.