Romancing the Throne by Nadine Courtney Jolie

For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

If there are any rules of sisterhood, “Don’t fall for the same guy” should be one of them. But sometimes chemistry—even love—grows where you least expect it. In the end, there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne…and more than one path to happily ever after.

I received this book for free from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I first read the synopsis for this book I was entranced. royalty + boarding school + romance = sign me up! I am deeply fascinated with royalty and the whole friends before love thing. Having 3 sisters of my own, have a sister element added also intrigued me. This book basically had all the elements to be a book I would love. Sadly, it just did not come together the way I had hoped.

Let’s start with my biggest issue. The main character, Charlotte, is all about appearances and looks and the social aspect of school and not so much school. I just could not connect with her. She seemed so self-centered and focused on very unimportant things. It kind of got on my nerves! She was quite smart (with building an app and all), but it’s never really showcased. She just comes off as not bright and very paranoid and just… needy.

Her sister Libby is the brains of the two (the more obvious brains). She leaves her boarding school that was under suspicion of scandalous things to go to Charlotte’s school. Despite being the young sister, Charlotte takes Libby under her wing and introduces her to all her friends. The way Charlotte introduces Libby to everyone makes it seem like Libby is the younger, more oblivious sister. I liked Libby the best. She’s more of an introvert and doesn’t try to be in the way. She seemed way more down to earth.

Prince Edward doesn’t have as much of an appearance in the novel as you might expect. I did like the little glimpses you get of him. They seemed fairly authentic. He wouldn’t open up about everything. He would need to live a fairly private life. I didn’t really care for many of the other characters. There were one or two that I thought were okay, but many of them were exactly alike. There wasn’t much different with them.

The plot itself wasn’t the worst. The thing that bothered the most is the fact that Charlotte broke up with Edward before anything happened with Libby. Just be happy for your sister! Don’t make it such a big deal, when it really isn’t!

Overall, this book was not up my alley after all. I’ve seen pretty mixed reviews so I would still recommend giving it a try.

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