Heart of a Royal

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By  Hannah Currie

Brought to the palace as a newborn, the royal life bestowed upon Mackenna Sparrow was never meant to last forever. With Princess Alina engaged to be married, Mackenna’s presence as companion is no longer required and, like it or not, she must return to the birthright which should have been hers – that of a commoner. But not everyone at the palace wants her gone. When the truths she’s based her life on start crumbling as fast as her future, will she find the courage to trust, both herself and the prince she’s fallen in love with?

 

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11 reviews for Heart of a Royal

  1. Adventurous Bookworm

    I’d like to introduce you to a new favorite book. Heart of a Royal by Hannah Currie.
    The characters were definitely my favorite part of the story. First, the future king, Ben, so set in what he wants, not giving in to the whims of others. Adored by the people, Kenna would be the perfect best friend. She was so sweet and thoughtful to everyone she met. Kenna’s mother is someone that I would love to meet in real life. She had so much wisdom and insight to offer and her joy was contagious.
    Early on, this book may seem similar to The Selection, but keep reading. Plot twists are a-coming. And boy, will they surprise you.
    I can’t wait to read more from Hannah someday!
    (Did you see the cover of this?)
    Rating: 5 Stars
    Content: 4 Stars
    *I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the author. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.

  2. RusticReader (verified owner)

    This book was an absolute delight to read. It was cute and sweet and everything I needed at the time. An uplifting story that left a smile on my face.

    Kenna and Ben were super endearing right from the start. Ben’s an honorable guy. Such a gentleman. I couldn’t help but fall for him. Kenna experiences quite a few big changes during the course of the book and I thought she handled them with grace and, though she might deny it, bravery.

    Royalty books are always so much fun and this one was really good. I thought the ending wrapped up a little too quickly but, all in all, I enjoyed it a lot and am very much looking forward to more from this author.

  3. Cara Grandle (verified owner)

    I gobbled this up. I confess that I’m in my mid-forties and I love YA Princess books. Worth the time for sure.

  4. Cara Grandle (verified owner)

    I gobbled this book up. I confess that I’m in my mid-forties and I love YA princess books. This one is worth the time.

  5. Becca Peterson

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was a present day story with a fairy tale feel to it.  I found myself egrossed in the story and wished it would not end. I enjoyed getting to know Mackenna. She was fun and full of depth. I felt like she was someone I could get to know. I enjoyed reading about the relationships she had with the different people in the castle. Each one had an impact on Mackenna’s life and the future she would have. Hannah Curie weaves gospel truth throughout the story. I think the reader along with Mackenna can learn valuable truths. The only thing I didn’t like was that it ended fairly quickly. There wasn’t any loose ends and I was glad about that. I would have wished to find out more about what happened afterwards. I really hope there is a sequel. I can’t give any more away so you’ll just have to read it. Its a great love story.

    I recommend this story to my family and friends.

    I received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

  6. Deana Dick

    This book is so enchanting, so beautifully written and so engrossing I didn’t want it to end. As I read the book I thought of Lady Dianna and how unsure she was as she became the most photographed woman in the world. Her life changed so drastically the moment she said I do. As little girls many of us dream about marrying a prince and living in a palace. Those dreams sometimes come true but at a cost.

    Kenna is a wonderful character who has grown up in a castle where she was given the name Lady Mackenna. Many people hoped one day that she would become queen. In one moment her life was almost perfect and then in the blink of a eye she was exiled from the palace. I disliked the King and how callous he was in his treatment to Kenna. The king was bitter over losing his wife and for some reason had it in for Kenna.

    Oh Ben be still my heart. The Prince was everything I hoped for in this story. He is handsome, kind, thoughtful and has a big secret. It was easy for me to see how much he loved Kenna, but she kept denying it in her head. The author has written a book so romantic and entertaining that I kept hoping the story would never end. It was easy to picture the ball and the lovely gown Lady Mackenna wore. Her grace and Ben’s charm were nothing short of a fairy tale romance.

    I loved reading how an unexpected event draws Ben and Kenna closer together despite his father’s demands to stop seeing each other. I liked Ben’s ability to follow his heart and not be threatened by his father. Towards the end of the story, the author throws in a wonderful glimpse of God and how much He loves everyone. The ending is touching and the story shows how faith has guided several people in the story. I was captivated by the devotion Ben and others had to something that could possibly get them killed. It is a beautiful story written with such grace, vivid descriptions and the unconditional love of the one true King.

    I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

  7. Sarah Snider

    While most little girls dreamed about being princesses, in the fantasy of my imagination I was a prairie girl—funny, really, because my name is Hebrew for “princess.” I watched all of the Disney movies and read endlessly, so I had a passing familiarity with fairy tales, but the life of royalty never appealed to me as something I would welcome. Too much attention, too many restrictions, having to dress up and entertain…no thanks! Finery and lavish living don’t entice me at all. I will admit that being able to have a gorgeous library for my vast collection of books would be wonderful, though! That aside, however, I gravitate toward frontier fiction and add a few imperial reads for spice. In this case, I’m glad that I did!

    As a debut novel, “Heart of a Royal” swept me off my feet. Hannah Currie crafts a beautiful beginning to the Daughters of Peverell series, and I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to. Although it is primarily a romance, there is also plenty of humor as well as some somber scenes. Even the cover evokes uncertainty and refinement. The interplay between the characters was well done, and although the major plotline itself was for the most part predictable, its execution and details did contain several twists. Mackenna (Kenna) Sparrow narrates the tale in the first person, and from the first line, I liked her. As more or less a companion to Princess Alina, she has lived her entire childhood with the same privileges, but that ends with Alina’s engagement: “For almost eighteen years, I’ve lived the life of a princess. It’s time I stopped pretending to be someone I’m not”. Kenna is much more down to earth and sensible than Alina, with an empathetic nature and compassionate heart. In some ways, Prince Thoraben (Ben) seems too good to be true, although more of his disposition becomes clear later in the narrative. Ashe’s roguish yet caring personality makes him shine. I was a bit disappointed that Kenna’s parents did not feature into the story much, especially given the decisions they made in her life.

    Intended for a teen and young adult audience, “Heart of a Royal” is suitable for older readers as well. While there is some angst, I did not think that it was overdone, and this is a clean Christian story that promotes faith and traditional values. I will confess that there were many times during the narrative when I wondered how Mackenna could be so blind as to not recognize the love being bestowed upon her, but then I realized that we do the same thing. How often do we not realize God’s love for us, even after we are saved? Sadly, we, too, doubt the One who has never left us and who never will. Yet His arms are always open to welcome us home, and if we will take Him at His word and trust Him, as Kenna learns, “All will be well.”

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

  8. nashpredsfan

    Hannah Currie’s debut novel is one that will delight female readers (both the young and the young-at-heart) with its fairy tale-esque plot.

    Heart of a Royal is told from Kenna’s point of view as her life goes from a dream come true to a nightmare. She can’t seem to gain her footing once the life with all the privileges of a princess is stripped away.

    The descriptions of life in the castle—the balls, the clothes, the finery—was one of my favorite parts of this story. I also loved the interactions between Kenna and Ben but I wanted so many more of those than what this book gave me.
    While the reader catches on fairly quickly of whom Ben is speaking when he tells Kenna he’s chosen a future wife, if he would just come out and tell her, a lot of heartache could be avoided (but I suppose that wouldn’t make for much of a story).

    This is a sweet and entertaining read about falling in love and placing your trust in the One who truly matters in the grand scheme of things. Young (and even not-so-young) ladies will fall in love with Kenna’s good heart, Ben’s sweet patience, and Ashe’s friendship.

    Disclosure statement:
    I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  9. mindyhoung

    “Having a heart that cared was nothing to apologize for, even if one was a maid.”

    Such a surprising and delightful debut novel from Hannah Currie! Yes, the cover is absolutely gorgeous and there is definitely an ethereal romantic element of a country named Peverell ruled by a monarchy and the dazzle and glamour of royalty, but the book is so much more than another sweet YA prince-falls-in-love-with-a-commoner trope. There is a certain layer of politics and intrigue woven into the storyline and the way faith is integrated into the plot and characters is refreshing and fascinating. Kenna’s almost 18 year old voice is fresh, quite mature for a teenager but also peppered with temper tantrums, recognized selfishness, and flighty thoughts to remind us that she is still indeed a teenager. Prince Thoraben is amusing, absolutely adorable, patient and thoughtful. The story is told in Kenna’s first person voice only, which paves way for us to walk in her shoes and feel all the whirlwind of emotions she experiences.

    Wow, I could not put this book down. If you enjoy YA novels, you will absolutely love this book. I’d love a sequel (maybe there will be one since the book is subtitled “Daughters of Peverell”….).

    I received a copy of the book from WhiteFire Publishing via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  10. beckyritta

    Oh my goodness, this book is too cute! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I loved Kenna and Ben and their developing romance, but even more than that, I enjoyed watching Kenna discover the truth about herself and her world.

    I did feel that the world building was a little light; I wasn’t quite sure where or when the kingdom of Peverell existed. The kingdom felt a little modern and a little medieval all at the same time, and I couldn’t tell if it was supposed to fit in with our world or if it was a fantasy world.

    Overall, though, I loved this book! The characters were great (whether I loved them or hated them), the plot was interesting, and the romance was sweet. I would love to make a return trip to Peverell sooner rather than later.

    Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  11. caitlynsantiauthor

    Wow, what an absolutely fantastic debut novel! If you know me at all then you know I am a huge fan of all things Royal, so when I heard about this book I knew I had to read it, and I jumped at the chance to request a review copy!
    Before I finished the first chapter I knew I was going to love this enchanting book, and love it I did! Not since Lisa T. Bergren’s River of Time series has a YA book held me so completely and utterly spellbound as Heart of a Royal did!
    I loved Kenna and Prince Thoraben instantly, and could not stop reading because I had to know what would happen next in their story. And yes, Prince Thoraben left me swooning more times than I can count!
    This book has a perfect mix of drama and wit, along with a beautiful message. Heart of a Royal is everything I hoped it would be, and so much more! This book gave me all the feels, had me laughing out loud numerous times, and made me so happy that I couldn’t stop smiling!
    I already want to re-read it, it’s that good!
    I loved, loved, LOVED everything about this book, and it definitely has a spot on my keeper shelf!
    Heart of a Royal swept me into its story from the first sentence and I hated to leave Peverell when I turned the final page, needless to say I cannot wait for the next book in this series!
    Hannah Currie has a forever fan in me!
    I totally and completely adored this book, and I most highly recommend it! Heart of a Royal is not to be missed!
    (5 Stars!)

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own!

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