Welcome back to another instalment of A Slice of Brie Book Club! If you missed the first two, you can check out my reviews of Inside the O’Briens and Remember Mia. I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t completely stoked to read The Royal We. It seemed too fantasy and girly and ridiculous for me, but I ended up reading 95% of it in one day so I might have quite literally, too quickly, judged a book by its cover.
The Royal We is loosely based on the royal relationship of William and Kate. Rebecca, or “Bex” is based on Kate and “Prince Nicholas” or Nick, is based on Prince William. In summary,
“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.”
It was a fun read. I enjoyed the easy reading style and the pretty straight forward plot. It was fun to read this and imagine you were reading the true story of Will and Kate because like any good citizen of a Commonwealth nation… I love them. It was neat to read about how much is taken away from a relationship and placed into the hands of the royal family, and how little decision making is left to the couple.
I actually have zero idea how accurate ANY of this book is in terms of resembling the Royal family and the story of Will and Kate. It’s easy to imagine it being true, as the book talks about how hard it is to manage a group of close friends who could turn around and sell you out for a fortune, to go anywhere without incident, to have newspapers and tabloids making a story out of anything, and to be pressured into a lot of decisions. I found myself completely compelled by this story and it was entertaining to say the least! The ups and downs of their relationship had me enthralled and I wanted to keep reading and keep rooting for them!
It was a cute story of their relationship but I also found the book really predictable. Of course, Bex winds up kissing Prince Nick’s brother, Freddie. Once while Nick and Bex were broken up and once while he’s away with the military… naturally, this truth finds its way out and creates a rift between Bex and Nick, the night before their wedding. I found Freddie super charming… but I think that’s because I was just picturing Prince Harry the whole time.
I am glad we read this book, not only because it was a fun and easy read, but also because it was such a change of pace from what I’ve been reading lately and I enjoyed the romantic story of what I imagine would be Will and Kate. Of course, the two live happily ever after in the book and come through their struggles stronger than ever, ready to face the world and their own families as a united team.
Let’s take another moment to acknowledge the true hero of the book.
I would definitely recommend it as a summer read. Perfect pool-side or laying on a beach book. If you love the Royal family or really just a cute love story, this one’s a good one. I can’t imagine being in a world of secrecy, rumors, mistrust, and dishonesty, and being expected to have a strong blossoming relationship. Great pick for the book club especially as it was our first summer read!
What is your current read?
Do you read “fluffier” books in the summer too?
Serious question: How do I get my hair to look like Kate’s?