Book Review | A Royal Christmas

Sep 13, 2023 | Books Review, Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Novellas, Revell, Writing Spot

Today’s book review features

A Royal Christmas by Melody Carlson.

About the Book

Adelaide Smith is too busy for fairy tales. She’s been working hard to put herself through law school and now that the end is in sight, she’s determined to stay focused on her goals. Then she receives a letter notifying her that she has been found through a DNA registry to be a direct descendant of King Maximillian V, the ruler of a small Eastern European principality called Montovia. She’s understandably skeptical. This is the stuff of cheesy made-for-TV movies, not real life.

Although the pieces of this surprising family puzzle seem too good to be true, curiosity gets the best of her. At the king’s invitation, Adelaide embarks on a Christmas break trip that is chock-full of surprises, including a charming village, an opulent palace, family mysteries, royal jealousies, a handsome young member of Parliament–and the chance at a real fairy tale romance with a happily-ever-after ending.

Spend this Christmas with bestselling author Melody Carlson as she whisks you away to a royal holiday you’ll never forget!

From Goodreads

Author Information

Discover more about Melody Carlson at: melodycarlson.com.

Danielle’s Review

I received a complimentary copy of this book.
I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.


A Royal Christmas by Melody Carlson is a contemporary Christmas novella.

Every year I look forward to Melody Carlson’s annual Christmas novella. They are always light, fun, and beautifully bound in hardcover. This year is a royal Christmas, a twist on Princess Diaries.

Enjoyable is a great word to describe this story. From the characters to the plot to the romance. I especially liked how the author incorporated (perhaps) lesser-known Christmas traditions. Having grown up going to the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, I could picture the picturesque small town on the edge of the Alps. The German-inspired setting added to the Christmas-y feel.

If you’re looking for a lighthearted, sweet romance to read as the snow starts falling (or maybe you’re simply dreaming of that day), then I recommend this wonderful story.

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