A Princess for Christmas

A Princess for Christmas

A Princess for Christmas

By: Jenny Holiday

Blurb:

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.

Review:

I love watching Hallmark like Christmas movies. They aren’t “good” movies, and I don’t actually like them, but I love watching them. A Princess for Christmas is a Hallmark Christmas movie in book form. Which means it’s so much better than a movie. All my usual complaints with the holiday films are completely alleviated in this format. It was everything I could have asked for.

Princess Marie is a lovely person, inside and out. Even though she is the heir to the throne of Eldovia, she’s not a snob. She can be a bit nervous and compares herself to her mother a lot, but that’s where our hero comes into play.

Leo is just as lovely as Marie. He’s a bit gruff and very proud, but he’s an honorable man. He’s raising his sister after their parent’s death and has devoted himself to her. He quickly sees beyond Marie’s royal façade to the woman she is beneath and falls for her.

Like any good Hallmark Christmas movie, the issues that will arrive after the happily ever after are, at best, glossed over, which I like. The couple has a happily everything will be alright because we’re in love and together ending. Perfect.

Another trope that’s present is the child that warms the cold hearts of those around her. It’s a good trope, and Gabby played her role well. Leo and Marie also had their best friends who aided in the couple’s romance to a small degree. I’m looking forward to their inevitable romance.

All in all, I’m delighted that Ms. Holiday’s father is a huge Hallmark movie fan and inspired her to write this book. Now, if Netflix or another streaming service could bring it to movie form…

5/5

Currently Reading 01-26-21

Well, last night I finished reading Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas and today I finished reading A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday. It’s been a bit since I read an entire book in a day, but it was one of those books and one of those days. So my Cold Street review won’t post until tomorrow.

Next up! The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss. It’s another Christmas book! Lol I loved the last one so hopefully I like this one just as much. We’ll see…

2021 has been a slow start for me. Even though there was no holiday traveling last year I feel wiped out. Until recently I wasn’t able to focus on a book for any length of time. Hopefully that’s changing, but I’m not going to push myself.

Christmas Movies I’ve Watched This Week – 12/06/2020

A Princess for Christmas – I’ve watched this before and it’s as cute as A Christmas Prince. It’s probably better actually. It’s older by a few years and a nice sweet Christmas romance.

White Christmas – A classic with great music, you can’t go wrong here.

Holidate – I thought this one was funny. The couple had great chemistry and the side characters were good too. It wasn’t just a Christmas movie, though, so keep that in mind if you care.

Christmas Crush – This one was kind of weird. She made a wish for her neighbor to fall in love with her and it backfired. There was Christmas magic involved, but it was kind of eh. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a favorite and I won’t watch it again. Also, there’s no way a woman that loved Christmas baking as much as she did would use plastic bowls.

Christmas Catch – The dude was cute in this one, which was nice. The woman had intentional awkward moments. It was fine. I called the twist really early.

The Christmas Chronicles 2 – I liked the first movie a lot and this one was almost as good. Kurt Russell is the hottest Santa ever. No contest. Dude has got amazing hair.

Christmas with a Prince – I bailed on this one. The dude is so much older than the female lead, but he’s supposed to only be a couple years older. Seeing a close to fifty year old play a late twenties person was too difficult for me. Plus, there are kids with cancer. I tend to avoid the Christmas movies that are supposed to make you cry.

A Christmas Movie Christmas – I freaking LOVED the concept for this movie. Sadly, they didn’t quiet pull it off. One sister’s love interest acted way too childlike. It was disturbing. I might end up rewatching it next year cause I really liked the concept.

Die Hard-  Is it truly Christmas if you haven’t watched Die Hard?

A Princess for Christmas (2011)

A Princess for Christmas (2011)

Director:

Michael Damian

Starting:

Katie McGrath

Roger Moore

Sam Heughan

Plot:

At the invitation of an estranged relative, a young woman travels with her niece and nephew to a castle in Europe for Christmas, where she unwittingly falls for a dashing Prince.

Review:

Christmas and royalty and romance, a combination I’m only now realizing I enjoy.

Snow and pretty horses, check.

Snobby, grasping blond, check.

Cheesy dialogue, longing glances, and a complete castle transformation for Christmas, check.

Last, but not least, a misunderstanding that almost ruins it all, check.

I love the predictable nature of these movies. I don’t even mind the fact that the actress occasionally lost her American accent. Or that the teenage boy had a really creepy/pervy look several times throughout the movie. It was exactly what I was looking for and I hope I’m able to find more.

Oddly enough, or maybe not, it’s really very similar to A Christmas Prince which I watched earlier. Honestly, it might end up making my yearly rotation, I don’t know why I liked it just a little bit more than A Christmas Prince, even though Rose McIver was really great in that version.

4/5