Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Rebecca Reads: The Royal We
Last week, I shared one of the books I read for the #booktubeathon2015, and today I'm sharing another one. The Booktubeathon was very fun, and I would definitely do it again. I did not meet my goal of 7 books in 7 days, and this was one of the books that tripped me up. The other book was Longbourn by Jo Baker. I chose books that I really wanted to read, but they weren't the kind you could read fast. I wanted to linger with Longbourn and read it a bit slower, so I put it down and picked this up. It was the same with this book, and I feel certain that I missed some details while trying to read it quickly. At the same time, I couldn't put this down. I read it in 1 1/2 days.
The Royal We is basically a Princess Kate/Prince William fan fic, and I am totally okay with that. ;) The story follows Rebecca Porter across the pond as she takes a semester from Cornell to study abroad in England. The moment she arrives at Pembroke, her dormitory, she's greeted by a handsome young man who carries her bags for her. She didn't realize at the time that he was Prince Nicholas, second in line to the throne of England. Her roommate, Cilla, introduces her the group of friends that includes Prince Nick. Rebecca, or Bex, is quickly incorporated into the exclusive group of friends that surround Prince Nick.
But that's not where the books starts. Straight from the beginning, you know that Bex and Nick will get married (or will they???). The book opens with Bex fretting over something in her hotel room the day before the wedding. Her twin sister, Lacey, frantically bursts into the room and says, "I've done something." And then you're taken back to when she arrived in England, nearly a decade prior. It hooked me from the very beginning.
To be honest, I'd seen this book on the shelves at my bookstore many times. I did the pick up/put down routine with it, because it just seemed a bit corny. In July, Jess Lively interviewed the authors, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. After hearing the interview and how they wrote the book, I was intrigued. I immediately went out and bought it. Ironically, it was the last one on the shelf whereas, previously, there had been numerous copies.
If you are a straight up Anglophile, or even if you aren't, I think a lot of people would enjoy this book!