A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday

A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday returns to the blog with a sweetly cheerful story of second chances, chasing dreams and finding your ‘Princess’ with  

A Princess for Christmas  

It’s been a particularly rough few months for everyone, so getting to read this book: full of laughter, light and plenty of moments to see the characters shine came at just the right time. Marie is the princess of Eldovia, a small European country: and is determined to make her mark, despite her fractured relationship with her father and his seeming disinterest in her goals. In New York to deliver a speech, she’s also determined to ‘gate crash’ a party on a yacht to secure a contract with the host for her country’s major export: watches.  

Leo had taken guardianship of his little sister after his parents’ deaths. Determined to keep 12-year-old Gabby happy and healthy, he’s working multiple jobs, not dating, and is rushing to the see her perform in a play at school. Gabby spots Marie by the side of the road and insists that Leo stop and help.  

From here the story is a mix of back and forth, magical connections and a bit of the fairy tale that all little girls want: a real princess, with plenty of ‘new’ to offer them both, and perhaps somewhere where Marie, constrained and hemmed in by her grief over her mother’s death, her father’s intractability and her own upcoming marriage plans to her best friend who also doesn’t want the match,  It’s clever and sweet, with plenty of moments for both Leo and Marie to shine as Marie finds her feet, Leo’s determination to give her smiles and return Gabby to her “normal life”, some straight talk from his own BFF as well as Marie’s friends in Eldovia, and a bit of growth from Marie’s father as she finds her own way to ‘be’ the princess with a man she loves leaves everyone with a smile.  

A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday

Title: A Princess for Christmas
Author: Jenny Holiday
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Second Chance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062952072
Published on: 13 October, 2020
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 400
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 1 minute
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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From USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday comes a modern fairy tale just in time for Christmas about a tough New Yorker from the other side of the tracks who falls for a princess from the other side of the world.

Leo Ricci's already handling all he can, between taking care of his little sister Gabby, driving a cab, and being the super of his apartment building in the Bronx. But when Gabby spots a "princess" in a gown outside of the UN trying to hail a cab, she begs her brother to stop and help. Before he knows it, he's got a real-life damsel in distress in the backseat of his car.

Princess Marie of Eldovia shouldn't be hailing a cab, or even be out and about. But after her mother’s death, her father has plunged into a devastating depression and the fate of her small Alpine country has fallen on Marie’s shoulders. She’s taken aback by the gruff but devastatingly handsome driver who shows her more kindness than she’s seen in a long time.

When Marie asks Leo to be her driver for the rest of her trip, he agrees, thinking he’ll squire a rich miss around for a while and make more money than he has in months. He doesn’t expect to like and start longing for the unpredictable Marie. And when he and Gabby end up in Eldovia for Christmas, he discovers the princess who is all wrong for him is also the woman who is his perfect match.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, spending many years promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings—minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her on twitter at @jennyholi or visit her on the web at jennyholiday.com.

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