Christmas at the Castle by Melissa McClone

Christmas at the Castle

By Melissa McClone

  • Release Date: 2016-10-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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Description

A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. An unexpected union.
 
A European getaway during the Christmas holiday is exactly what veterinarian Katrina "Kat" Parsons needs. She can't wait to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend's royal wedding, but she hopes to steer clear of the bride's arrogant older brother. 



Crown Prince Guillaume wants his younger sister's wedding day to be perfect, but he’s suspicious of her friend. He and his mother on are on high alert, afraid Kat is here not for the wedding, but to find a prince of her own to kiss under the mistletoe. 
 
But when Kat's kindness and generosity prove them wrong, the prince realizes there's more to her than he ever imagined. Can he trust his heart or will he lose the one woman he can't live without? 

Reviews

  • Great Christmas story

    5
    By Angel4jc
    I really liked this book. Very clean read. Look forward to more from this author.
  • Christmas at the Castle

    5
    By MeriO1968
    Melissa Mcclone is a new author to me, so this is the first book of hers I have read. It certainly won’t be the last. Magnificently portrayed characters make up a fantastic page turner. I urge all to read it. I read it in one sitting and let the other stuff wait; it’s that good!
  • Charming and Believable

    5
    By good but issues to fix
    The characters personalities really were spot on. I think it was interesting to see how royals act and how the author italicized the characters thoughts before they answered each other... good love story. Not sexual which was nice. Just charming!
  • Christmas at the Castle

    5
    By UP Sherwood
    Easy to read, good story line. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It is a rather sedate romance book which is nice for a change.
  • Christmas at the Castle

    5
    By PJSPhotogirl
    Loved the characters & the story.
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    5
    By Gamer+96
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  • Funny! Quirky

    5
    By Renae_D
    Funny, quirky and chuckling the whole way through! Received an ARC for an honest and fair review.
  • Beautiful Love Story

    5
    By BookSnuggle
    "Christmas at the Castle" by Melissa McClone is book number three in the "Ever After" series. This is veterinarian Katrina “Kat” Parsons and Crown Prince "Gill" Guillaume's story. Kat has been friends with Princess Sophie since they were little girls at summer camp. Sophie has been to visit Kat throughout the years but Kat has not been able to go visit Sophie due to money and school. Princess Sophie is getting married and Kat has saved up so that she can go to her best friend's wedding. Kat has known that Sophia is a princess but didn't really get it until she arrives at Sophie's home (castle). It was wonderful watching Kat take everything in when she arrives at the castle. Prince Gill is Sophie's brother. Kat and Prince Gill have never hit it off. He feels that Kat is a bad influence on Sophie. Prince Gill and Kat haven't seen each other since they were teenagers. There is still hostility between them but they will try hard not to do anything to upset Sophie. As they all get things ready for Sophie's wedding Prince Gill gets to see and know the real Kat. They have their first kiss and then their relationship starts to change. They have one major problem Prince Gill's mother does not approve of Kat. So, will they get their happily ever after? I loved this Christmas romance. The author had me engaged from the beginning to end. It was a beautifully written love story. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
  • Christmas at the Castle

    5
    By Jean Boehmke
    This certainly wasn't the typical fairytale romance. There were certainly a lot of fairytale moments (the wedding attire especially), but it wasn't the typical girl wanting to be a princess. Kat had her career, and was only there to support her summer camp friend at her wedding. The friend just happens to be a princess. Gill is the bride-to-be's brother, and was very suspicious of Kat's motives. However, it didn't take him long to realize he may have been judging her too harshly. His dog, Max, certainly helped the cause as well. I loved everything about this story, but my absolute favorite was the description of the bouquet toss at the reception. I could picture the scene perfectly in my head and it made me laugh.
  • Sweet Holiday Romance ~ 4.3 / 5

    4
    By Unbound Passion
    > > Judging a Book by it's Cover < < Breathtaking in its' simple elegance. Cover model could be Ms. McClone's oldest daughter's doppelganger. The synopsis sounds like a nice read and while I normally would not choose a book that is billed under the "Inspirational" category, I've found this author's books to be quite enjoyable in the past and hope to enjoy this one as well. > > Looking Deeper < < Third person POV. Kat initially met Sophie and Gill at summer camp as preteens. Kat and Sophie became instant best friends, while Gill kept a watchful and distrustful eye on his sister's new friend. It's later revealed that Sophie is a real-life princess and her brother, a prince. Fast-forward fifteen years to present day: Sophie's getting married and asked Kat to be in her wedding. Kat had fought hard to work her way through college and earn her veterinary degree, but now had a mountain of debt to pay off, which was negotiated into a contract with the vet clinic she currently worked at. Saving up for a European trip was not easy, but she could not let her best friend down. Ms. McClone painted such a fantastic picture of a small European country with a small, quaint, and charming town not far from the Royals' castle. The staff were heart-warming, the other secondaries ran the spectrum of lovable to deplorable, but it made for a richly diverse and full cast. Gill had his moments where he was not so likable, but his reasoning was fairly sound. Kat was completely enjoyable. I was thoroughly entertained by their interactions and slowly developing relationship. Max was a fun addition to the cast. There were a few conflicts along the way, but all was resolved in the end. Predictability was very low. Their story ended with an epilogue that was solid and satisfying enough, providing the reader with an implied HEA and the prospect of the story continuing on in the background of the next book in the series. This is a clean read and does not go beyond some kissing. It's billed as an "Inspirational" as well, but I found little to no faith-based subplot. I would consider this to be a Clean Holiday Contemporary. Though it is third in the series, I can say without hesitation that this CAN be read on it's own. I've not read the previous two (but now I want to!) and not once did I feel lost or like I was missing something of vital importance. . Rating: [PG-13] ~ Score: 4.3 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I will leave my Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐

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