It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation. Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child. So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton. Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong. Avery is torn between considering a future in Brighton and taking a coaching job in Georgia, and Colin is finally pushed to pursue what he really wants. Is it too late to convince Avery that she is his true love? And even if he does, will she make it to the chapel on Christmas Day to give him her heart?
Sissy: Look at the cover. That dress is so fabulous. It needs to be on “Say Yes to the Dress” instead of those dresses that all look the same on the show. If I had been able to choose my own wedding dress instead of being given my cousin’s free cast-off, I would have chosen something with a similar bodice and waistline.
Bubby: Oh, but you looked so pretty in your super high necked empire-waisted confection! I mean, when it was possible to actually SEE you behind all the ruffles and lace…
Sissy: Gag me with a veil.
Bubby: The veil was lovely. Remember? I used it too. It was just the dress that needed to die.
Sissy: Well, we were nothing if not frugal. But Avery, on the other hand, will get to have her dream designer dress if she and Colin finally get their act together. They sure do make it difficult on themselves, though.
Bubby: I can see why. Colin practically disappeared from Avery’s life and is expected to end up with Lady Haughty McMeanie or whatever her name is and Avery is trying to put herself back together and find a career after the death of her father. I’m not usually an advocate of getting drunk, but in this case, it’s a good thing that Colin and his friend get intoxicated enough to climb up the old bell tower. There’s this really cool legend in Brighton Kingdom that goes along with this part of the story. The legend states that if a man rings the bell in the tower to announce his love for a particular woman, then that woman has the option to meet him at Pembroke Chapel on Christmas Day to accept his love and be married right there on the spot. Who knows if Colin would ever have had the guts to ring the bell himself, but luckily, divine providence steps in and rings it for him. And then mayhem and drama ensue…
Sissy: A Royal Christmas Wedding is a very worthy fourth (and final) installment of the Royal Wedding Series. The characters are well conceived, even the ones I love to hate like Colin’s super-annoying drinking buddy, whom I wanted to kick in the hind end. Lady Nasty HighFalutin’ also deserved a swift introduction to my boot. Two of my favorite characters were Madeline and Hyacinth, from the Madeline and Hyacinth Live! show. They hilariously portray what it’s really like to be a royal in the media spotlight. There is drama and tension aplenty and of course, a happy ending, which I love and require.
Bubby: I’m sad to see the series come to an end, but I’m sure that Rachel Hauck will soon deliver another delightful and delicious romance for me to savor. In the meantime, I’m going to satisfy myself with BBC mini-series’ and a re-reading of the entire Royal Wedding Series.
Sissy: Or we could start our own series, “Bubby and Sissy Live!” in which two aging debutantes talk about real life in the Rocky Mountains…
Bubby: Apart from the “aging” bit, I’m in!
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