I absolutely loved "Christmas at the Palace" by Jeevani Charika. It's one of those books which leave you with a warm glow inside, and in the days after I read it, I'd find myself idly thinking about the characters and wondering what they were up to now!
Kumari is a junior doctor and charity campaigner who never thought even in her wildest imaginings that one day she'd become a princess. But having fallen in love with Ben, or Prince Benedict sixth in line to the throne as he's more widely known, everything in her life changes. Can this modern woman get a fairy tale ending on her own terms?
I loved the strong characters and the way Jeevani Charika explores issues such as how the public and press respond to the royal family welcoming a Yorkshire lass with Sri Lankan roots into their ranks. There are of course parallels with a certain Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but I was completely swept up in the characters' own relationship. It's a feel-good story which doesn't shy away from challenging topics such as racism, social class and the power of social media. I'm hoping for a sequel...