I’m still recovering from my whirlwind romance tour, and next week I’ll be sharing more about my time at various conferences, but since tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of Will & Kate, I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about some royal-themed books.
A book that released last year that received great buzz is The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (aka The Fug Girls). It came out in paperback this week, and if you haven’t read it yet, be sure to pick up a copy. Funny, smart, and emotionally layered, The Royal We follows the courtship of American Bex Porter, who falls in love with Nick, the boy across the hall in her Oxford dorm who also happens to be the heir to the British throne. The book manages to explore a high-profile romance with wit and insight, while creating a credible “behind-the-scenes” storyline that hits romantic royal high notes but remains universally accessible and appealing. A very entertaining read!
I sent a quick email to Heather and Jessica and asked them if they’d recommend any other royal books, and Jessica sent this along:
“Heather and I both LOVE the Montmaray Journals series by Michelle Cooper. They’re about a fictional royal family, but one that ends up living in London during World War II and they’re simply wonderful books—romantic, sweeping, thrilling. Just fantastic.”
I’d never heard of these before, but just received my audio copy of A Brief History of Montmaray: The Montmaray Journals Series, Book 1 from Overdrive and can’t wait to listen to it. It looks charming.
I’m a big fan of Karen Hawkins and her Oxenburg Princess series, which just had a novella release last month: The Princess Wore Plaid. The next full-length novel in the series, Mad for the Plaid, comes out in August. (And if you don’t follow Hawkins on her author Facebook page, you’re missing some great storytelling, especially when she’s referring to her #HotCop husband!)
I really enjoyed Tracy Anne Warren’s Princess Brides trilogy, which features three princesses who are chafing against their royal responsibilities, especially the expectation that they’ll marry to further their families’ interests. Simply enchanting!
And who can talk about royal books without mentioning Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries (not to mention her recent middle grade spin offs which look adorable! Royal Wedding Disaster comes out in May), or Nicole Burnham’s Royal Scandals series? Not-to-be-missed royal reading!
So what about you? Any favorite royal books, either those mentioned here or others? Do share!
And let’s all raise a glass to the delightful young royal family that’s stolen hearts around the world. To their continued health and happiness.
Happy reading. xo
Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer, book reviewer, romance advocate, and founder of ReadARomanceMonth.com.