Get a free audiobook

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

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

What listeners say about Royal Holiday

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Crappier than a Hallmark movie

Ugh why was this so ugh. This book was ugly. The writing was ugly and the characters were shallow. The thought process of these characters were just so boring.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Accents were so bad I couldn’t finish it

The narrator in this book was so awful that I couldn’t even finish the book. The supposedly English accents were appallingly bad. I will be returning this book for a refund.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Slow

I couldn't finish this book. It is a very slow story and I found the writing juvenile and repetitive. The narrator was just ok.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • 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!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-21

Grown up romance for grown up people.

I loved the naturity of the writing and the story. This was a grown up romance and it was refreshing. The characters weren't too sappy, and the story progressed in fun but realistic way.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • kindlecustomer
  • 2020-09-13

amazing journey

The author brings together mother- daughter relationships, later in life relationships, work- life balance and travel brilliantly. She also successfully includes the importance of non-traditional family roles and adults who choose not to have children. The narrator was great and drew me in. I will definitely re listen next year.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-08-21

Lovely

This features Maddie's mother, Vivian, and Malcolm, a Brit who is the Queen's private Secretary. They meet when Maddie and Vivian go to England for Maddie to style the Duchess. I enjoyed this; romance is not just for the young.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Gwen B.
  • 2019-11-05

Good story if you can get past the accent

This was a nice story and it was pretty well done, entertaining and heartwarming. The narrator made me believe that she was a 50-something woman of color. Also true is that this was probably the worst British accent I've ever heard attempted. It was a strange mix sounding of German, English and perhaps West Indian, something...I actually chuckled and wondered if the narrator had never seen BBC or PBS, even if just to prepare for this role? The writing was pretty good but I had to also grapple with confusion about the usage of words like "him" instead of "he" and "at" instead of "with", throughout the story. Professional book editors may not exist anymore. This was a nice use of time though and the book was a relaxing, happy tale. It's worth your time if you don't take it too seriously.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Yolonda
  • 2021-02-28

Wonderful Book!!

Wonderful book loved listening to this book more books like this please for mature readers!!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Kayla Turner
  • 2021-02-18

Usual great narrator, BAD British accent

I normally like these books narrated by Janina Edwards. However the narration really pulled me out of it with a TERRIBLE British accent.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Nya N.
  • 2021-02-25

good one

i love jasmine guillory so much and the reader is good as well. i like this one less than the others but its a good one for chrismas.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.