I love her books, and I’m sure this one won’y be any different.
A Royal Christmas Quandary by Samantha Hastings releases today in the historical, Romance, Young Adult genre.
When you spend Christmas in a castle, anything is possible.
1860. Lady Alexandrina Gailey is looking forward to a cozy holiday at Windsor Castle with her best friend, Princess Alice, and her long-time crush, Lord George Worthington. But Drina’s plans are all but dashed when Alice’s parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, declare that Alice must choose one of two royal princes to become engaged to before Christmas.
There’s just one problem: George, a junior member of the Foreign Office, has accidentally misplaced one of the princes.
Together, Drina and George scour the town of Windsor for the missing prince, desperately hoping to deliver him to the royal dinner party with the queen none the wiser. They might just need a royal Christmas miracle to pull it off.
Readers looking for a light, fun read full of holiday mischief will be delighted by Samantha Hastings’ A Royal Christmas Quandary, perfect for fans of A Christmas Prince.
AUTHOR BIO:Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. She is the author of THE LAST WORD, THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER, and A ROYAL CHRISTMAS QUANDARY.
Celebrating Christmas: 5 Victorian Traditions That Are Still Fun Today
Decorating Christmas Trees
Prince Albert (Queen Victoria’s husband) popularized Christmas trees in England when this print was shared in 1848:
The royal family decorated their tree on Christmas eve. They would light candles and put on gingerbread. This was also the time when the royal family exchanged gifts.
Sending Christmas Cards
In 1843, Sir Henry Cole sent the first “Christmas card.” Victorian Christmas cards were often quite creepy like this one:
For more Creepy Vintage Christmas Cards check out Boredpanda.
Receiving Christmas Visitors
The visitor that most children expect at Christmas time is Santa Claus or Father Christmas. In Central Europe during the Victorian era, St. Nicholas arrived on the evening of December 5th and he brought with him, Krampus (half-goat, half-demon). St. Nicholas would give the good children presents and Krampus would beat the naughty children with branches or sticks. I think I’ll stick with Santa.
Playing Christmas Games
Games are a great way to bring friends and family together during the holiday season. These Victorian games are still fun: Christmas Fun Victorian Parlour Games, ( https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/christmas-fun-victorian-parlour-games-5331721.html ) 14 Parlor Games Bring Back Holiday Season Plus One You Definitely Shouldn’t, ( https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/88659/14-parlor-games-bring-back-holiday-season-plus-one-you-definitely-shouldnt and BBC Victorian Christmas. ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/victorianchristmas/activity/parlour-games.shtml )
Reading Christmas Stories
Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in 1843 and he helped turn a minor holiday into a big event. I love to read Christmas stories and I hope you’ll enjoy, A Royal Christmas Quandary.
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