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Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman | Book Review #16

September 8, 2020
Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman

Good morning, bookpups๐Ÿพ The little minions are starting school this week and what am I doing? Diving into Christmas books to temper my anxiety at sending them back. Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman is a book I fell in love with last Christmas but didn’t quite get around to reviewing before the season was over. So, as I have started seeing (and participating in) Christmas book tours, I think it’s safe to post this review, for those who are trying to distract themselves from the start of the school year, as well. Enjoy!

QOTD: Do you read Christmas books before Thanksgiving?

Oh my gosh, I am a sucker for Christmas books any time of the year! I absolutely love the Christmas spirit but hate when the weather starts turning colder (as it is now … it’s only September!!) so fun Christmas romance in the middle of the summer would be perfect for me.



Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman

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I am a sucker for any type of story where a girl falls in love with a prince. That magic that seems to surround any type of royalty story gives me that feel-good, happily ever after feeling.

Rowan is a strong girl. She’s recovering from a very embarrassing incident in her career and is doing everything she can to get back on track. When she meets Prince Theo, on holiday and meeting his maternal grandparents for the first time, she receives just the opportunity she needs to fix her career as a reporter. As she interviews Prince Theo for her article on him, they fall in love (as happens in all great romances), but Rowan denies the attraction, not willing to tarnish her reputation as a reporter any further.

I absolutely loved the interaction between these two. You can tell that they’re going to fall for each other, almost from the beginning of the story. Embarrassment, friendship, sparks. It’s all there. And seeing everything from the two perspectives makes it that much more fun to read. I would have liked to see the perspectives broken up a bit more, as there were moments when I had trouble following the shift. We would be looking from Rowan’s perspective and suddenly, things would shift into Theo’s head. It wasn’t enough to fall out of the story, but I would have liked a little bit more distinction between the two.



The characters were strong and wonderfully written.

I loved Rowan. She’s headstrong, creative, kind, and always willing to help. Her relationship with Theo’s grandparents was a nice addition, to me. It shows a very family-oriented side of her that really gave her character the extra oomph needed to be one of my favorites.

And Theo. I pictured a handsome, romantic Prince Charming when I thought of Theo. He’s got the manners of a prince, but an attitude and spunk that can rival Rowan’s. As with Rowan, he is very family-oriented, even agreeing to an arranged marriage so he doesn’t upset his father. I really enjoyed how, even though the family recently lost her, the author brought Theo’s mom into the story quite a bit. He’s visiting his mom’s parents, in her hometown, and the entire story seems to center around her.



No rushing, but perfectly paced.

The plot and pacing moved forward perfectly with Once Upon a Royal Christmas. The romance wasn’t rushed, giving Theo and Rowan plenty of time to build their attraction to each other and fall in love. I enjoyed the ending most of all, seeing it wrap everything up the way it did. It’s certainly a book I would like to see get a sequel.

Robin Bielman was a new-to-me author and I will be reading many more of her books in the near future.


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14 Comments

  • Reply Ivana - Diary of Difference September 9, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but I do love to read books after Halloween is over and I am done with the scary theme ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms September 10, 2020 at 11:49 am

      And I don’t really get into the scary stuff much, so Christmas works for me now ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides, it’s cold enough that the books fit LOL.

  • Reply DJ Sakata September 9, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    This looks a tasty treat

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms September 10, 2020 at 11:50 am

      It is! I read it last winter and absolutely loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ Robin Bielman is a fantastic writer!

      • Reply DJ Sakata September 11, 2020 at 10:21 pm

        But I still can’t get into Christmas reading yet – too early for me when I’m sweating in shorts ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms September 13, 2020 at 12:48 pm

          It was easy for me, as this past week was frigidly cold. And I just love the idea of Christmas in July because I love the Christmas spirit but despise the cold ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Whispering Stories September 10, 2020 at 4:15 am

    The book sounds lovely. Still too early for me for Christmas books though. I tend to wait until November.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms September 10, 2020 at 11:48 am

      I used to but it’s been cold here so I’m in the mood ๐Ÿ™‚ And with all the blog tours posting Christmas books, I’m deciding it’s okay this year LOL!

  • Reply vidya September 10, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    I read christmas books (or any other seasonal books) at anytime of the year ๐Ÿ™‚ and this one sounds good

  • Reply Katiria Rodriguez September 11, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Great review, I love Christmas books as well and this one looks and sounds my kind of book that I would so love and enjoy to read so much. Plus it is also right up my alley as well. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf September 11, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    I usually like Christmas books at Christmastime, but I can do one in the summer to break things up.

  • Reply Nadene September 11, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    I love Christmas stories and I read then anytime of the year.

  • Reply vidya September 12, 2020 at 11:22 am

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  • Reply Robin Loves Reading September 16, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    This book seems ideal.

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