‘Heart of a Royal’ and the Reasons You’ll Enjoy this Book

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reasons to read heart of a royal

About the Book:
Author: Hannah Currie
Publisher: WhiteSpark Publishing
Publication Date: 2019
Series: Daughters of Peverell #1
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult
Find the Book Elsewhere: Goodreads
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Rating: ★★★1/2

reasons to read heart of a royal

THE STORY | Growing up in a palace, surrounded by royalty is all Mackenna Sparrow has ever known. She grows up royal, with the benefit of learning the manners, and is raised beside her best friend, Alina, the princess, but without the title to go with it. Now as a 17-year-old girl, in the aftermath of Alina’s engagement, Mackenna’s companionship is no longer needed, and from the king, she learns she is to be sent away. Unbeknownst to Mackenna, it would seem her presence is a threat to the king, a man who isn’t about to let the will of his people take root.

The prince, Thoraben ‘Ben’ is the third member of the tight-knit trio who grew up as best friends. But what she doesn’t know is that Ben too has chosen a bride, and somehow his own future plans might threaten this uncertain future Mackenna is about to step into.

Reasons to Read Heart of a Royal


1: When Faith Impacts Characters

Perhaps the biggest surprise of this novel is the way in which faith weaves itself into the story. I won’t say anything specific because of spoilers, but it’s both fitting and a little surprising. There is some sense that the end “feels” a little rushed because of how it ultimately comes to be, but there’s also the promise of new beginnings rather than a learned faith.

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2: It’s ‘Downton Abbey’ Meets ‘The Selection’

Though not in its era, Heart of a Royal has a kind of Downton Abbey elegance. But that’s not all, there’s also echoes of Kiera Cass’ The Selection, which we all know I was (and still am!) bookworm obsessed with because they’re fun reads. If you enjoyed those books or anything like the royal romances on Hallmark, this is something you may want to take a second look at.

3: The Effusive Romance

If you’re a fan of swoon-y, but still clean romance, I think you’ll enjoy the love story this tells. It doesn’t really take shape until the latter portions of the novel, but what’s here is sweet and charming, and something you’re sure to fall under the spell of.


Have you read Heart of a Royal? What did you like best about this debut novel? What do you hope to see more of in the follow up novel; tell me, what would be your ‘reasons to read Heart of a Royal’ list? Comment all of your thoughts down below.

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Many thanks to the publisher, and Hannah Currie for kindly sending a review copy in consideration of review; ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

6 comments

  1. Wow! Thankyou for this! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the book and am blown away by your response to it. You’ve made me what to read it again now :) (While I really should be working on said follow up…. :p)

    1. I did indeed, Hannah. *Thank you* for the chance to read “Heart of a Royal.” :) Best of luck with your follow up!! Hope it’s going well, and I look forward to learning more about the sequel. Thanks for the visit.

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