Book Review: A Royal Christmas Wedding & The Beautiful Pretender

It’s a two-for-one book review today here at Teish Knits! Both of these books are ones that I purchased because I enjoy the other books I’ve read by authors Rachel Hauck and Melanie Dickerson.

A Royal Christmas WeddingFirst up in the fourth book in the Royal Wedding Series by Rachel Hauck. It’s this series that introduced me to Rachel’s books, and her books have been on my must-read list ever since! I’m not typically one to be overly enamored with modern day royalty stories, but this series has been an exception, as I’ve eagerly awaited each new release! I love the strong faith and redemption themes that are part of each story. The books seem to be less about royalty, and more about people figuring out their faith and relationships.

A Royal Christmas Wedding may be a “Christmas” book, but it’s one that you’ll enjoy any time of the year. For those of us who kept wondering whatever became of Avery Truitt and Prince Colin, we finally find out! Relationships are complicated, and when an ocean separates you, they tend to become more complicated. This story begins five years after Avery and Colin fell in love. She had her heart broken by a prince once, is it possible for Colin to win it back? Does he even want to? Appearances are made by the other characters from the series, and it was fun to see how life was working out for the rest of them. I’m not giving away the ending, but if you’ve read the rest of the series, you won’t want to miss the last book! If you’ve not read any of the Royal Wedding books, do look them up. Even if this type of story isn’t your typical choice, you might be pleasantly surprised too.

The next book is the second in Melanie Dickerson’s Medieval Fairy Tale series. I’ve not actually read the first book of this series, though I’ve enjoyed other books by Melanie. After reading The Beautiful Pretender though, I’ll definitely be looking up The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest!

Fiction set in medieval times intrigues me, though I’m glad that I live in the days of running water and electricity! The Beautiful Pretender combines this setting with elements of classic fairy tales to put a twist on the fairy tales we grew up with. The king wants Lord Thornbeck to choose a wife. Lord Thornbeck is less than enthused with the idea, but agrees to host a party inviting the noble ladies that the king suggested for consideration. Naturally, intrigue ensues! Avelina is sent to take the place of her mistress, Lady Dorothea. Avelina’s not the only one with secrets though… I did really like the main character, Avelina, and her outspoken ways. Her friend, Lady Magdalen, was delightful, and I found myself wishing I could meet her in person! Lord Thornbeck is the broody protagonist who reminded me a bit of the beast from Beauty and the Beast. There were a few predictable tropes, but that’s to be expected in any fairy tale story! I found it to be a fun read, and it’s one that I think would appeal to teen girls as well. This is another book series that will go on my to-read list as new ones are released.

Well, I hope I’ve given you a few ideas for your fiction reading list! This time of year is the perfect time to curl up with a nice mug of something hot and a good book. What fiction books have all of you been reading lately?

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  1. You know, I read one Rachel Hauck book a while back – The Wedding Dress, I believe. I enjoyed it, but never pursued any of her other books. I think I’ll have to change that! And my girls LOVE Melanie Dickerson. I haven’t started reading hers yet, but I’m planning to!

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