I really enjoyed this book, and so wanted to give it 5 stars. However, a glaring error within the first few pages means it only gets 4 stars from me.
The blurb reads:
“I’m Prince Nikolas of San Glacera. Oh, you’ve never heard of us? Well, you’re not the only one. Our country relies on winter tourism, but we’re attracting fewer and fewer visitors. I admit it’s a problem. I just don’t think the solution is an American who likes to play dress-up.
You see, while I was away on a trip, my younger sister convinced the palace to hold a contest. The winner gets to star in our annual Ice Village festivities and accompany our royal family to holiday events.
And who did they choose? Gracie Clark, who runs a children’s party business and performs as—I kid you not—‘Princess Snowflake.’
Of course, I do respect the fact that she volunteers at children’s hospitals. I suppose to some, she might have a certain charm… But the whole cheap spectacle is beneath our dignity.
I’m not going to shirk my duty to my kingdom. I’ll go to every event with her. At least, once Christmas is over, she’ll be gone…”
Within the first few pages, it is stated that Disneyland Paris holds weddings at their Cinderella castle. Unfortunately, this is untrue. Disneyland Paris does not have a Cinderella castle, they have a Sleeping Beauty castle, the only Disneyland to do so.
Fun fact, the Sleeping beauty castle is the only Disney castle that is actually pink. This is due to the sky in Paris being mostly grey, so a pink castle shows up better in photographs. In the US where the sky is mostly blue, the grey castle shows up better in photographs.
It likely won’t matter to someone who has never been to Disneyland Paris, but I have, and it jarred me out of the story. I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep reading, but the castle is not mentioned again.
Despite the dubious start, I ended up really enjoying this book, and have already added my name to the waitlist for the paperback version.
This book had great characters, cute puppies, annoying sisters, matchmaking bed and breakfast owners, a fun setting, and so many Christmas traditions.