About the Book
Book: Heart Of A Royal
Author: Hannah Currie
Genre: Young Adult/Royalty
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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Kenna is a princess who doesn’t want to be a princess. In this childhood friends to more coming of age story we watch Kenna struggle with figuring out who she is when all of her life circumstances change. She has to ask herself the hard questions we all face at some point: who am I, what is my purpose, where do I belong?
Anyone out there a knowledge geek? Where you’re reading something in a book and you’re like, “Really” or think, “I have to Google more about that?” It happens all the time to me. Hannah’s book gave me one of those geeky cool moments as Google introduced me to the sirocco winds. These are some fascinating weather systems; if you’re a weather geek like me, be sure to look up some info! But I’m not telling you how this impacts the story; you’ll have to read it yourself.
Ben’s constancy makes me swoon. I just love the heroes that know they love the girl from the start and set out to help her realize that no matter how hormonal they get. (Yes, I am speaking from personal experience. Love you, hubs!)
There are times I wanted to shake Kenna and tell her she’s being a dramatic teenager, but it’s an appropriate level for a YA. As the reader, Ben’s love is so obvious, but Kenna allows her self doubt to rule her beliefs. She believes the lie that she’s not good enough, just a sidekick. But as she comes to realize that others believe in her, she grows in confidence.
I felt that the ending wrapped a bit too quickly and a few of the strings were left hanging, but enough were tied to give you sense of closure. As it’s the first in a series, I’m hopeful that we’ll see some resolution of those; I’ll read the next to see where Hannah takes the story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for this tour and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Aussie author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun. She loves to connect with readers at http://www.hannahcurrie.com.
More from Hannah
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by royalty. Real ones like Queen Elizabeth II, who is such an incredible woman and a total hero of mine (not to mention, as a proud Australian and member of the Commonwealth, my monarch) but also the not-so-real ones. Those found in fairytales. Romances. Narnia.
I’m one of those people who blocks out an entire day to watch a royal wedding, sighs like a hopeless romantic through cheesy princess movies, reads just about any novel I find with a crown on the front and loves a full-spread photo souvenir magazine. I may have even written a short story starring a princess for an English assignment at school. More than once. [Side note, if you’re going to write a story about a princess who is totally adorable but can’t spell, don’t use a misspelled word as the title. It takes a lot of explaining to make sure the teacher knows you did it on purpose and doesn’t mark you down for it… sorry Ninth Grade English teacher!].
The glamor draws me in, the beautiful clothes, the history and romance of it all, but it’s the expectations they have on them which hold me there. Every title comes with a million expectations, whether or not they’re realistic. We expect royals, both real and fictional, to behave in a certain way. To be honourable (assuming they’re the good guys). To care for their people and put them first. To always be there. Yes, even to be beautiful.
But what happens when they’re not? When they’re shy? Fight anxiety? Hate the spotlight? Are blemished in some way? What happens when what’s best for the people isn’t what’s best for them? Or when they make a mistake? Something which, for anyone else, would be easily fixed or glossed over but for a royal, gets written into the history books forever. Purely because of their title.
Kenna, the main character in Heart of a Royal, never meant to be a princess. She wasn’t born into royalty, neither did she choose it. And yet, due to circumstances far beyond her control, there she is. Living in a palace. Part of that life.
Very few of us are royalty but I think we all know how heavy expectations can be and the pain of being thrust into situations beyond our control. And yet, even in those moments and seasons, just like Kenna, we have choices. They might seem small, maybe even insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but they’re there. Who we put our trust in. What we do with the circumstances we’ve been given. Where we go from there.
Heart of a Royal is as much my story as it is Kenna’s. No, I’m not a princess (thankfully!) but I have struggled through finding hope and purpose when life flies out of control and the expectations prove too much. And here’s what I’ve found – God is good. There is hope and God is good. I hope, through Kenna’s story, you are reminded of that too.
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To celebrate her tour Hannah is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
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