Review: Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Title: Truly Madly Royally
Author: Debbie Rigaud
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Point
Pages: 304

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Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.

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If a fast-paced, adorable, funny book that you can get through in a single summer afternoon is what you’re looking for, then Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud is exactly what you need!

So many things happened within this book’s 300 pages, but it never felt like anything was moving too quickly. The pacing was perfect and helped keep things from dragging on too long or getting stale. Every page was fresh and exciting.

Zora was really the perfect character. She is strong and knows exactly who she is in such a fierce and admirable way. I adored the snark she could bring out when necessary and how she was constantly trying to help the kids in her program. It was also amazing to see her continuously learn about her culture and share her knowledge and encouragement.

Owen was just okay. I started out really enjoying him, but he was very much a surface character. What you see was all you got. Zora had many layers to her and was so well developed that I expected the same from Owen. He’s cute and funny at times, but overall very drab and unexciting.

I rarely say this because I adore standalones, but I would love for Debbie Rigaud to write a companion novel. I need more royal drama and more of Zora’s hilarious jokes. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read a really good book about royalty, and I’m so glad to say that Truly Madly Royally delivered in the perfect way.

A digital review copy was provided through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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8 thoughts on “Review: Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud”

  1. It was nice to see your review and thoughts, I’ve been looking to see what others thought but haven’t seen too many just yet. I’ve been back and forth on this one because I love royal romances but it felt a little bit towards the Middle Grade side of YA when I read the summary. I might pick this one up if I’m feeling a royal romance in the future though!


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