Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Christmas At The Palace Extract


Hello Everyone,

Today I was supposed to be bringing you a book review of Christmas at the Palace - a fun romance read about an ordinary girl who falls in love with a Prince and is subjected to the pressures of paparazzi following her every move, royal training and the holiday season with all the micro stresses of that and what you have is a read that sounds perfect for the Christmas season that we are hurtling towards.

Unfortunately, the book never showed up.

So instead I'm providing you with an extract for my turn on the blog tour today, not quite a review but should the book ever arrive, I'll review it on my YouTube Channel as soon as I've read it.


She looked around. There was a wall of books, all with red, brown or gold spines. There were a
few tables, but she noticed they all had ‘Reserved’ markers on them. She checked her watch. Ruby
had said eight o’clock. There was still three minutes to go. Her phone beeped in her bag.
It was a text from Lucy: What’s he like?
She texted back: He’s not here yet. This place is well posh.
The waiter reappeared with her drink and disappeared again. Kumari took a sip and flipped
open the wine and cocktails list. She spotted the prices and nearly choked.
Carefully, she swallowed about a quid’s worth of orange. Wow.
A shadow at the door. She looked up and the waiter was back. He showed someone in and took his
coat.
‘Hello,’ her date said.
It couldn’t be. It took a few seconds for her brain to catch up. She scrambled to her feet. When
Ruby had said his name was Ben . . .
‘Oh please, Kumari, don’t stand up.’
Should she curtsy? ‘Prince Benedict. Er . . . Your Highness.’
‘Call me Ben.’ He held out his hand.
She shook it, still too startled to speak properly. This time she made sure she let go promptly.
He gestured for her to sit and, once she lowered herself back into the chair, he sat opposite her.
‘So, I’m guessing you didn’t know it was me you were meeting?’
‘No.’ She shook her head. ‘I mean, Ruby said you were called Ben.’
‘Which I am.’ He smiled. Such a nice smile. She inclined her head to acknowledge that.
‘It’s probably better this way. The whole Prince Benedict thing sometimes gets in the way a bit
when I meet people who are—’
‘Common?’ she said.
He raised an eyebrow. ‘No,’ he said quietly, but very firmly. ‘Who are not in my usual social

circles.’
‘In other words, common.’
He watched her for a few seconds, his lips pressed together. The corners of his mouth twitched, like
he was fighting a smile. You never saw this sort of thing on TV. He was normally serious or smiling
broadly. This was . . . different. More human. ‘I think I can see why your friend didn’t tell you.’
She didn’t have an answer to that. She needed to up her game. She picked up her orange juice and
took another few pounds’ worth of juice.
The waiter appeared, as though he’d sensed a gap in the conversation. Prince Benedict . . . Ben,
picked up the cocktail menu. ‘Where are the non-alcoholic cocktails?’ When the waiter directed him
to the right page, he ordered a Virgin Mary.
Kumari was surprised. She had assumed that he’d be drinking alcohol. She tried to remember
what she’d read about him. She wasn’t much of a royal-watcher like Lucy. All she could remember
was that the prince was a bit of a party animal and had had a string of very well-groomed
girlfriends. She wasn’t too sure about the girlfriends, but she was fairly certain he’d been
photographed dancing semi-naked somewhere.
‘Is something the matter?’ he said.
‘You’re not drinking.’ Oh God, Kumari. Accuse him of being an alcoholic, why don’t you? ‘I’m
sorry, that came out wrong. It’s just that . . . I expected. Um . . .’
He looked directly at her. Startlingly blue eyes. ‘You shouldn’t believe everything you read in the
papers,’ he said.


So that's it from me today, sorry about the missing book everyone!

Speak Soon,

Rosy xx
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4 comments

  1. It is too bad the book didn't show up, but it does sound interesting! Looking forward to your review!

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  2. I hope the book arrives soon so you can tell us all about it.

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  3. This looks like such a fun and festive read for the holiday season, I loved the extract! So sorry the book didn't show up for you but this was the perfect glimpse into it :) I hope it shows up for you as I know your YT review will be fabulous as always ♥︎

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  4. Interesting. Pity about the book not showing up though, but I really enjoyed reading your post. Your reviews are always lovely ... All the best. <3
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