The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, a book review

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The-Royal-WeEver heard of Muscatine, Iowa? Me either. Ever heard of London, England and the royal family? Yup. Me too. I’ll admit that when it comes to royalty I’m as smitten with the idea as the next girl. I’d pick up the tabloids to see what was happening with Prince William and Kate Middleton while they were dating. I’ve even watched the Lifetime Original Movie “Will and Kate.” More than once. When my friend Elena from Live.Do.Grow. told me about this book called The Royal We that she had read at the beginning of the summer that was loosely based on Will and Kate’s romance, I figured I’d add it to my summer beach read list. It took me a few months to pick it up, but once I did I was so mad that it took me so long to start on it.

Rebecca, lovely known as Bex, was just a simple girl from Muscatine, Iowa who decided to do a yearlong exchange program at Oxford University from her home college of Cornell. She loved to draw and wanted to really experience England through the soaring architecture and monuments in Oxford. Little did she know that she would be housed on the same floor as Nicolas (Nick), Prince of Wales. Through friendship, love, an insecure twin sister, a flirtatious younger brother, the paparazzi, back stabbing, and more than one scandal, these two college kids find their way through about eight years of romance and relationship, jobs and royal responsibility, until they take that final step. The twist is that you aren’t really sure if that happy ending will happen for Nick and Bex, like we all know it did for Will and Kate.

I devoured this book in two days. These were weekdays when I had to be up early with my boys so staying up past midnight wasn’t the wisest idea. That’s what mommy nap time is for, isn’t it? I’ve heard of this mommy napping, but haven’t tried it myself. I figured a good book was worth a go while the boys watched a movie.

Keep in mind that this is not fine literature. It will not win a Pulitzer anytime soon. What it is though is a fun read that envelopes you into a world where a normal American girl could find herself a prince, get wrapped up in royal life and live happily ever after (we hope). Never really knowing the true story of Will and Kate, it was fun to imagine the things they might have gone through during their courtship, although Bex is nowhere near as posh and well dressed as Kate was from the get go when she hit the public spotlight. The set is still the same though. Bits of English life and culture sneak in, showing off parts of Oxford the arm-chair traveler will relish and stops in London that reminded me how much I always wish I could live there.

The Royal We was written by two fashion bloggers, who were able to build on a certain amount of truth in the royal line, but then veer off into a world all their own, filled with college antics, partying, love and a bit of smart-talking American sass, as well as upper crust British humor (or lack there of). My only question now is—will there be a sequel? Will they continue the storyline first ripped from the headlines featuring Will and Kate. Will we see a baby Bex and Nick in the future? I sure hope so!

Publisher’s Synopsis:“I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

Title: The Royal We
Author: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (1st edition)
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Language: English
Pages:  464 pages
ISBN: 978-1455557103
For ages: 18+

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    My Muscatine Iowa book club will have to read this!

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