Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Book Review with a Giveaway: Heart of a Royal by Hannah Currie


About the Book

Book: Heart Of A Royal
Author: Hannah Currie
Genre: Young Adult/Royalty

Brought to the palace as a newborn, the royal life bestowed upon Mackenna Sparrow was never meant to last forever. With Princess Alina engaged to be married, Mackenna’s presence as companion is no longer required and, like it or not, she must return to the birthright which should have been hers – that of a commoner. But not everyone at the palace wants her gone. When the truths she’s based her life on start crumbling as fast as her future, will she find the courage to trust, both herself and the prince she’s fallen in love with?

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My Review

I just loved this book! From the mesmerizing cover to the beautiful realm within, this book is a treasure. For a debut author, I was super impressed with Hannah Currie's ability to pen such believable characters with a layered plot in a modern fairy-tale setting.

Although Kenna had been raised with all the privileges of a princess, she knew her place and was not spoiled.  She loved the people of the kingdom and did what she could to help the poor.  This book was written in the first person, and it was interesting as a reader to compare Mackenna's thoughts with the reality of what was happening around her.  

The setting of the kingdom and of palace life was sumptuous, as was the plot, which was revealed in layers that led to a very satisfying conclusion.  Readers will appreciate the moral and spiritual themes that are presented very naturally.

I love a good princess story, and I highly recommend this one.  Fans of Lori Wick's The Princess or Rachel Hauck's Royal Wedding series will be thrilled with this book.  It is a Young Adult novel, so you can read it and pass it on to your daughter.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, WhiteSpark, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Aussie author Hannah Currie loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun. She loves to connect with readers at www.hannahcurrie.com.



More from Hannah

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by royalty. Real ones like Queen Elizabeth II, who is such an incredible woman and a total hero of mine (not to mention, as a proud Australian and member of the Commonwealth, my monarch) but also the not-so-real ones. Those found in fairy tales. Romances. Narnia.

I’m one of those people who blocks out an entire day to watch a royal wedding, sighs like a hopeless romantic through cheesy princess movies, reads just about any novel I find with a crown on the front and loves a full-spread photo souvenir magazine. I may have even written a short story starring a princess for an English assignment at school. More than once. [Side note, if you’re going to write a story about a princess who is totally adorable but can’t spell, don’t use a misspelled word as the title. It takes a lot of explaining to make sure the teacher knows you did it on purpose and doesn’t mark you down for it… sorry Ninth Grade English teacher!].

The glamour draws me in, the beautiful clothes, the history and romance of it all, but it’s the expectations they have on them which hold me there. Every title comes with a million expectations, whether or not they’re realistic. We expect royals, both real and fictional, to behave in a certain way. To be honourable (assuming they’re the good guys). To care for their people and put them first. To always be there. Yes, even to be beautiful.

But what happens when they’re not? When they’re shy? Fight anxiety? Hate the spotlight? Are blemished in some way? What happens when what’s best for the people isn’t what’s best for them? Or when they make a mistake? Something which, for anyone else, would be easily fixed or glossed over but for a royal, gets written into the history books forever. Purely because of their title.

Kenna, the main character in Heart of a Royal, never meant to be a princess. She wasn’t born into royalty, neither did she choose it. And yet, due to circumstances far beyond her control, there she is. Living in a palace. Part of that life.

Very few of us are royalty but I think we all know how heavy expectations can be and the pain of being thrust into situations beyond our control. And yet, even in those moments and seasons, just like Kenna, we have choices. They might seem small, maybe even insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but they’re there. Who we put our trust in. What we do with the circumstances we’ve been given. Where we go from there.

Heart of a Royal is as much my story as it is Kenna’s. No, I’m not a princess (thankfully!) but I have struggled through finding hope and purpose when life flies out of control and the expectations prove too much. And here’s what I’ve found – God is good. There is hope and God is good. I hope, through Kenna’s story, you are reminded of that too.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour Hannah is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f1a8/heart-of-a-royal-celebration-tour-giveaway

3 comments:

  1. A lovely cover and synopsis. This sounds like a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review

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  2. Ooh I found this tour at the very end! Love the cover! Such a beautiful blue.

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  3. Excited to read this book. Such a beautiful cover!! 😍 Thanks for sharing your review.

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