Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Jeevani Charika’s “Christmas At The Palace” in exchange for an honest review. It is also for the involvement of a blog tour!
Meet Kumari, a Doctor and humanitarian who is desperate for some funding for Boost Her! An organisation that is aimed at educating women everywhere. She’s also divorced and of Sri Lankan heritage. (Which I only mention as that the author stated she wanted a book with a brown girl on the cover by the time her children were old enough to read her books.)
Enter Prince Benedict, a former party boy Prince who was once featured dancing half naked, has served in the army and had a string of salad eating girlfriends.
The two meet once, as Kumari pitches for funding for Boost Above, and then again later on in a blind date.
Now do these remind you of anyone?? Maybe… a certain now unavailable Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
Obviously the facts, the names etc have all been changed but throughout the entire novel I couldn’t read past them being based on Meghan and Harry. Especially as this book was originally published as “A Royal Wedding” around the time they got married.
The trouble with a relationship in the spotlight is the general public who think they are entitled to having a say in someone else’s relationship what follows is racist remarks, is Kumari ready to give up her passion and profession? And is she fit to be a Princess? With the odd bit of Yorkshire thrown in.
In the year of royal weddings (Princess Eugenie got married too!) it was inevitable there would be more royal books released around Christmas but with a Christmas addition to it.
Nonetheless, it was an incredibly charming read that I managed to consume in a few sittings. So forget Harry and Meghan. Meet Kumari and Ben!
I enjoyed it immensely however I would’ve liked a little bit more Christmas given the title is “Christmas” at the Palace.
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