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Royal Holiday

Written by: Jasmine Guillory
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Proposal and a "rising star in the romance genre" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance.

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour - until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.

Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day...or are they? 

©2019 Jasmine Guillory (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Discover renewed love in this wonderful performance by Janina Edwards.... Edwards captures a strong, mature black woman who is no stranger to love and heartbreak. She expresses Vivian's thoughts with warmth and authenticity, making her a relatable and sympathetic character. Edwards's genuine narration of this steamy yet charming romance will hook listeners to the end." (AudioFile Magazine)

"A seasonal gem." (OprahMag.com) 

"Another sparkling hit from Jasmine Guillory." (PopSugar) 

"Filled with delightful, swoon-worthy dates and many laughs, this affectionate, cross-continent holiday romance is perfect for cozying up with on a cold winter’s night." (Library Journal

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I need Idris Alba to be Malcom in this movie!

Jasmine, you did it again!

What can I say? I want to bring my husband to England; pretend we just met and re-enact this book. This story was a perfect kick start to the holidays. It has captured the joy of the season, while keeping fresh the ideas of what a new year brings. As always, I love the touch back/connection to characters from the book prior (Maddie & Theo <3). May we all eat a scone this season and toast to doing more of what makes us happy!

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  • Joann
  • 2019-10-08

The Poor British narration hurt my ears

The story is sweet, but opted to read the book instead. I wish they used a male narrator to do the British dialogue or made Janina do some training on the accent. I just couldn’t listen to it.

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  • Capnjoy
  • 2020-02-29

Bizarre narrator choice

If you are casting an actor to read a book set in London, where half of the characters are British, you think you’d cast an actor who can do an English accent. I winced every time she read the lines of the male lead character. It’s rough going.

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  • Birdy
  • 2019-12-05

FYI: Not a Clean Romance

The story and characters were okay, though i felt at times the author treats the readers like idiots and repeats her point too often, but then it got trashy. I know some people are into that, but I want to warn those who are looking for a Hallmark Christmas movie in a book that this isn't it!

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  • LaQutia Crawford
  • 2019-10-10

Social Work love story

I was happy to know the main character, Vivian, was a social worker... that’s not something you see often. (I’m a social worker myself) great story telling very vivid almost cried when they parted from her initial 4 day stay! Awesome writing and storytelling!

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  • Sojourner
  • 2020-07-09

Nice to listen to over 50 romance.

Great escape from pandemic LOCKDOWN. I felt like I was tagging along with Vivian. I want a real scone.

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  • Born in NM
  • 2020-07-02

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no where near as fun or interesting as any of Guillory's other novels. such. low. stakes.

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  • L. Orange
  • 2020-03-08

Brown Sugar British Style

I enjoyed this book. Although some of it was a little far fetched but enjoyable none the less. It’s nice to read/hear of books with the African American the central person and above it all getting the man of her choice.

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  • WordSlayer
  • 2020-03-08

Witty, fun romance with flair

I guess when I got this title I missed that it had diverse characters. These characters were so relatable especially since I grew up in Northern California. The "meet cute" set-up, the boy/girl of a certain age, their conflicts and resolutions, the royals thrown in for fun. it all worked.

The downside for me was that the narrator's British accents weren't good and distracted from the wonderful story. Getting the accents right is so integral to having the full story-telling experience especially given the story's locale. My hope is that the narrator learns how to better manage accents in her future projects.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-26

excellent book

I love this series and Vivian's story.
malcolm and vivian's interaction was refreshing and entertaining

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  • Creatively Nomadic
  • 2020-02-16

Hallmark Special

The writing was great as the British accent was a bit comical. Overall, it was a cute story and great shoe-in for a hallmark movie.

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  • toto
  • 2020-01-18

super cute story

Well written and fun to listen to. The narrator's British accent is not good but that doesn't alter the listening experience. A very nice feel -good novel. I recommend.