Truly Madly Royally

Truly Madly Royally

Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She's excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she's definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who's an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming...and unden...

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Title:Truly Madly Royally
Author:Debbie Rigaud
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Edition Language:English

Truly Madly Royally Reviews

  • Laura

    Endlessly charming, positive, and funny, a hometown rom com with a twist!

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    This was another delightful read for me. I definitely feel like Riguad was channeling a bit of William and Kate, as well as, Harry and Meghan in there. The star of this book was, by far, Zora. Her love and dedication to her community was incredible!

    Full review to follow.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Kim Baccellia

    Fun, light romantic tale where a protagonist of color meets a prince while attending an elite summer program. What I really loved about this tale is how Zora is strong, goal oriented, and not someone to wait for a guy to sweep her off her feet. Hints of Megan Markle meets Prince Harry.

  • Vicky Who Reads

    I LOVED Zora who was such a queen but the love interest Owen was boring. For a prince, he was so...drab. Meh. No chemistry. Zora deserved better. Owen, summed up, was just...polite. He wasn't really charming. He wasn't anything remarkable.

    Zora is still awesome though, so .5 stars for her!!!

    Still cute & v underrated. Good lower YA reading rec!

  • Jazmen

    Truly Madly Royally was a cute-ish read that lacked a certain something to take it fully over the edge.

    Zora is a modern day activist, socialist and do-gooder.

    Zora is attending a prestigious college to prepare for (possible) attendance in the fall. While doing this she manages a community program, fully built on the back of an idea she came up with—to better her community.

    She’s also in prep to receive awards for her work and grants (hopefully *fingers crossed) to fund her program dutifully called

    Truly Madly Royally was a cute-ish read that lacked a certain something to take it fully over the edge.

    Zora is a modern day activist, socialist and do-gooder.

    Zora is attending a prestigious college to prepare for (possible) attendance in the fall. While doing this she manages a community program, fully built on the back of an idea she came up with—to better her community.

    She’s also in prep to receive awards for her work and grants (hopefully *fingers crossed) to fund her program dutifully called the ‘Walk Me Home Program.’ Zora is what adults wish kids would be, and there is no hidden agenda involved.

    While attending this prestigious school, she meets, Owen, the prince. A chance encounter leads to public scrutiny. Now she has to choose. Is being close to the Prince worth all the hassle it’s causing?

    The worthiness is something the reader will struggle with. Was it all worth it? With a lack of cutesy moments, and overall depth outside of covert conversations and wry smiles—one can’t tell if it is.

    The romance is severely lacking, only told in small sections and bursts (though cute-ish). It doesn’t carry the story and left this reader feeling a little short-changed.

    Don’t be mistaken the characters are root-worthy, but the romance was disappointing.

    As far as the plot, though the book seems to have an agenda, it’s slow getting there and leaves the reader feeling less satiated than expected. It seems to get nowhere. The ending is pretty meh in terms of the happiness factor. It’s a happy ending, but it’s less happy and more expectant.

    With an almost ripped from the headlines plot, from an obvious Harry and Meghan supporter; the book doesn’t excite in the way an upcoming royal nuptial would.

    What it doesn’t lack, however, is black positivity. Positivity, that will excite readers young and old by delving into historical facts (True or not true, that is not clear without research) and overall black joy, the book does an outstanding job of being black positive—while keeping its authenticity.

    Many young readers will relish in the inclusivity. But it lacks oomph and romance.

    The writing is good, but it doesn’t make up for what it lacks.

    Is it worth buying? Sure. Just don’t lean too heavily on the romance the cover portrays

  • Lola

    If royal romances make you squee and swoon, this one’s for you. It is a lovely, wish-fulfilling type of story that will fill your heart with hope and wonder and make you wish for your very own Owen. (See what I did there? :D)

    Debbie Rigaud’s writing and narration styles reminded me of Kasie West’s, seeing that both authors are straight-forward, eloquent, emphasize dialog over description and both are great at developing heroines and love-interests that appeal to teenagers.

    But while both authors s

    If royal romances make you squee and swoon, this one’s for you. It is a lovely, wish-fulfilling type of story that will fill your heart with hope and wonder and make you wish for your very own Owen. (See what I did there? :D)

    Debbie Rigaud’s writing and narration styles reminded me of Kasie West’s, seeing that both authors are straight-forward, eloquent, emphasize dialog over description and both are great at developing heroines and love-interests that appeal to teenagers.

    But while both authors seem to prefer fast-paced stories, Debbie Rigaud is on fire. This is not a good thing, unless all you want is for a book to entertain you for an afternoon and you care little if you remember it afterwards or not.

    The problem here is that events unfold one after another in a very quick succession and I don’t know if what I just said made sense but I don’t care because this is how the book went anyways. Something happens and you’re like WOW WHAT? but the author already moved on to something else so you better keep up or you’re left behind. I make it sound awful—it’s not—but I really would have wished for some scenes to be longer, slower, more detailed.

    Emily is a character that should have been discussed much more. She is tremendously important to Owen and a person Zora wonders about, and yet Kelsey—a ‘‘villain’’ in the story—is discussed much more than this Emily who seems like such an amazing person. I guess it’s because Emily is dead and Kelsey is alive (not a spoiler) but still.

    But hey, I had fun reading this book. I’m not sure I’ll remember much from it in a couple of months because of how fast it was, but I do believe I’ll remember Zora and adorable Owen for longer than the plot itself.

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  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)

    I really love books that feature royalty. There is just something that draws me in and gets me excited about a glimpse into what the lifestyle would be like. The comparison to The Princess Diaries gives me lots of hope that this is going to be a lot of fun to read.

  • Shorouk Abd Elhamed

    The cover is really cute and I need beautiful royalty story in my life.

  • Sofia

    i'm a simple woman. if the love interest is royalty, i'm interested.

  • Miri ♪ Book Dragoness ♪

    Ah! This sounds like a fun romp.

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