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The Royal We | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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I can't believe we're at the end of the #RoyalRead! It's been so fun to revisit this book and delve into some of the real-life inspiration behind it. Questions below! @Librarybelle @CoverToCoverGirl @MellieAntoinete

ferskner Question 1: Were you surprised by Clive's betrayal? Did you understand his bitterness toward Nick? 12mo
ferskner Question 2: Did you feel any sympathy for Lacey by the end of the book? Were her actions unforgivable? 12mo
ferskner Question 3: If you were Nick, could you have forgiven Bex? Do you agree with his choices? 12mo
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ferskner Question 4: What do you think Nick and Freddie's relationship will be like after the kiss with Bex? 12mo
ferskner Question 5: How did you feel about Nick and Bex's decision to marry to thwart Clive's plan? 12mo
ferskner Question 6: What do you think happens after the impromptu wedding?!!? What does the future hold for Nick and Bex? 12mo
Librarybelle 1. In some ways, I wasn‘t surprised. Clive always seemed to be so suave and kind of nonchalant about his connections with the royal family...and yet, he was a reporter looking for “the big scoop.” He played off being castoff by Bex for Nick too well - sure, he was mad, but it almost seemed like he “forgave” too easily. 12mo
Librarybelle 2. I think I‘m still a little too upset with Lacey! Sure, she does deserve forgiveness. I think Bex handled the whole situation well, but she must have felt such a betrayal! 12mo
Librarybelle 3. Like Nick, I would have hoped to be told about what happened without hearing about it through someone else. But, to jump to wrong conclusions. And the kissing incidences happened during rough times for Bex and Nick. Freddie announcing his love would be a little bit harder to swallow, in my opinion. But, I don‘t think Bex deserved the cold shoulder or the inability to initially talk about it. 12mo
Librarybelle 4. I think it will be a little strained - it has to be. But, they‘re also so close. I would hope that Nick and Freddie can work through everything. They need each other. 12mo
Librarybelle 5. I thought it was such a spontaneous and fun idea! It fits with their personalities. It seemed like partly to thwart Clive, but in a way, it‘s like the best possible wedding ceremony for two people and their closest friends. 12mo
Librarybelle 6. I‘m sure there is fallout. I can‘t think that Nick will be forced to give up his claim to the throne. The Queen seems to understand things, in her own way. I would hope nothing serious comes of the whole thing. 12mo
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CoverToCoverGirl
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Sorry to be sounding in sooo late on this @ferskner @Librarybelle ..life has been crazy busy. I loved it! You couldn‘t pay me enough to live in the royal fishbowl! I can‘t even imagine the amount of constant scrutiny they live under and the pressure to always be perfect... Some crazy twists and turns with very romantic high notes 😊 The reader is fantastically spot on. A definite #BlameItOnLitsy read.. thanks ladies! ❤️

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CoverToCoverGirl I still would seriously like to have Freddy‘s story and to actually read about Clive‘s ultimate comeuppance; the knave! 12mo
Librarybelle Agreed! Wouldn‘t that be a fun story!?! Thanks for joining on the #buddyread ! 12mo
ferskner I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!! 12mo
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Librarybelle
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This was such a fun read! It was lighthearted, yet with moments of deep sorrow and pain. I loved the parallels with the British royal family - though written around the time of William and Kate‘s courtship, there are certainly echoes of Harry and Meghan‘s relationship in this book. So glad I had a chance to read this for #RoyalRead . Thanks so much @ferskner ! Thanks too to @CoverToCoverGirl and @MellieAntoinete for joining! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle And, this was one of @MallenNC ‘s #FreakyFriday picks - I can see why this made your list! 12mo
MellieAntoinette So good! Thanks for hosting! 12mo
MallenNC @Librarybelle It's such a fun book! I am glad you got to read it. 12mo
ferskner Yeah!!!! I'm finishing it up right now. Final questions tomorrow! 12mo
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Part Four complete for #RoyalRead . Wow! Tension mounting...will everything work out in Part Five? #RoyalRead

MellieAntoinette So good!!! Thanks for hosting the #buddyread 12mo
Librarybelle @MellieAntoinete You are so welcome! Sorry - I missed tagging you too, because I know you read this too! 🙂 12mo
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Jane Austen reference! #RoyalRead

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Part 3! One of the reasons I love this book is because I'm super jealous of Bex's life. Not the marrying a prince part, but that she's able to settle in London and really make a life for herself, and even work in an amazing museum. I've only been to London once, but it was totally addicting. This book makes me a little sad since I'll never get that life, but I can dream through Bex. Questions below! #RoyalRead @Librarybelle @CoverToCoverGirl

ferskner Question 1: Do you agree with Bex post-breakup coping skills? How would you have handled public heartbreak in her situation? 13mo
ferskner Question 2: How do you feel about Bex's friend group? Who's your favorite? 13mo
ferskner Question 3: Oh my gosh, Bex and Freddie kiss!!!! Why do you think this happened? Have you ever wondered if Harry had a crush on Kate? 13mo
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ferskner Question 4: Bex and Nick get engaged after a very short time back together. What obstacles to do you think still exist in their relationship? 13mo
ferskner Question 5: Did you cry at the proposal? 13mo
Librarybelle 1. Losing yourself in destructive behavior is never good, but everyone reacts differently to a big breakup. I‘ve never had a public breakup, so I don‘t know all of the pressure involved in that. I can‘t imagine going down the path Bex did - though I‘m not a party person to begin with, so I‘m very different from Bex. After a hard breakup, we all develop some sort of coping mechanism that isn‘t the healthiest; it depends upon our personalities?? 12mo
Librarybelle 2. I think her friend group tries to be supportive. In a way, they‘re a little cliched with every other romance-y, chick lit-y book, but I don‘t mind that! Gaz is probably my favorite...I chuckle anytime he does something. I‘d love a buddy like that! 12mo
Librarybelle 3. I felt like the kids just happened. They got caught in the moment, seeing everyone else making out in secluded places. Not sure how much of an attraction piece there was, though clearly they both were thinking of the other siblings. I can‘t see Harry having a crush on Kate, but who knows??? Haha! 12mo
Librarybelle 4. This time, things seem more structured, in that Nick is prepared to go the distance, introducing Bex to his mom for instance. But, there‘s still the press and the royal family and the horror (!) of an American potentially sitting on the throne. So, many obstacles still! 12mo
Librarybelle 5. Maybe a little, but I really cried at the death of Mr Porter! Oh my, so unexpected and so sad! I‘m actually tearing up now thinking of it. But, as to the proposal, I love that the first ring came from a Cracker Jack box! 12mo
ferskner @Librarybelle I forgot to answer my own questions! 1. I agree - I'm not a partier so it's hard to know how I'd react, but I can see trying to put a positive spin on my life if I had to break up publicly. 2. I'm also a Gaz fan! It's hard not to be. 3. So: at the William and Kate wedding, there is a look Harry gives Kate at the altar that is INTENSE. I've wondered so many times! 4. I think it was good they spent time apart... 12mo
ferskner @Librarybelle ...and I think Nick in particular needed to sort a lot out for himself. Both in terms of the reality of what was expected from him vs. his own desires and in what was reasonable to expect from a partner. I don't think he'd considered much realistically when he started the relationship. 5. That is so interesting! I realized I rarely cry at sad stuff - usually sweet moments. Weird! 12mo
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I'm sooooooo late posting! Too much has been going on this week.

Part Two: this is when things start to get interesting! Somehow Wills and Kate's post-college relationship is the most fascinating to me, when everyone knew they were together but they weren't "officially" together. I lived the books' take on how that would actually feel! Questions in the comments. #RoyalRead @Librarybelle @CoverToCoverGirl

ferskner Question 1: How did you feel about Lacey's decisions in this section? Was Nick justified in his frustration at her behavior? Was it fair to blame Bex for it?
Question 2: Were you surprised by the truth of Nick and Freddie's mother Emma? Did you think this was a good play on what happened to Diana?
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ferskner Question 3: Did you sympathize with Nick in the breakup, or did he act unreasonably toward Bex?
Question 4: What do you think of Freddie? Do you think Pippa and Harry ever tried to date?
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Librarybelle I‘m not a fan of Lacey. I don‘t think she has Bex best interest‘s at heart. She knows she‘s pretty, and she flaunts it. I would say Nick was justified at his frustration, but not at taking it out on Bex. He can‘t control Freddie, so why should Bex be able to control Lacey? 13mo
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Librarybelle I was a little surprised how the authors unveiled what really happened with Nick‘s mom. But, having her die tragically would make it too much like a similarity to Diana. Since this is all thinly veiled caricatures of the real royal family, that would have been a little too close to home, in my opinion! Question for the group: do you think Charles IRL is as cold as Richard is? (edited) 13mo
Librarybelle I really disliked Nick by the end of this section. I get the whole throwing the paparazzi off the scent by being seen with other women, but what he did was cold. Though, I don‘t know how I would respond in that situation, so maybe I‘m off base. But, no, I did not sympathize with him. 13mo
Librarybelle Freddie and Harry could almost be twins! He‘s comic relief. I have no idea if Pippa and Harry ever tried to get together. That would have been interesting! 13mo
ferskner @Librarybelle I have read that William and Harry have a good relationship with Charles, so I hope he's not like Richard! I actually have a lot of sympathy for Charles. He wasn't allowed to marry the woman he wanted to because of his parents' expectations, and then was paired with someone who was such an epic mismatch for him that it was doomed from the start. I hate cheating, of course, but it seems like so much sadness could have been averted. 13mo
ferskner @Librarybelle I don't think Pippa and Harry really dated, but there sure was speculation! It's interesting that they have remained friends (attended each others' weddings, have been seen in public together). I find the connection between the Royal Family and the Middletons really fascinating. So many of the rules of royal pairings have changed in the last 20 years! 13mo
Librarybelle @ferskner Did you read the new biography on Charles? A library staff member told me I had to read it, as it was unbiased. I got a copy through Book Outlet awhile ago... 13mo
Librarybelle @ferskner The rules have changed! I can‘t imagine what Victoria would think if she saw this! But, I‘m personally glad to see the changes. The royals are human too, and they deserve to be happy. 13mo
ferskner @Librarybelle I haven't read that! I'd definitely be interested. I think it must still be hard for Elizabeth to have seen the rules change so much during her lifetime! Now that the monarchy doesn't actually govern and no one believes in the divine right of kings anymore, it seems ridiculous to say that they have to marry within a certain small group of people. Can you imagine if countries still tried to build alliances through marriage? 13mo
Librarybelle I know, @ferskner ! They were already marrying cousins to a degree...it would get even more complicated! It must be really hard for Elizabeth, or at least really eye opening. I would love to hear what she personally thinks of all of the changes she has seen in her lifetime, both for the monarchy and the whole world. A candid interview, where she discusses everything. What a gold mine of knowledge and insight she must have! It won‘t happen, but... 13mo
CoverToCoverGirl @Librarybelle @ferskner I‘m late but after reading all of your comments I mostly agree with you both on all points. I did actively dislike Nick‘s behaviour and had zero sympathy for him.. however I wouldn‘t want to be a royal and live in the fish bowl they live in. I‘d love it if Queen Elizabeth would do a tell all interview, it would be riveting! I love Freddie, l‘d love it if she wrote his story--I‘d read it for sure, would you ladies read it? (edited) 13mo
ferskner @CoverToCoverGirl @Librarybelle YES. Especially now that the prince marrying an American thing came true!!!! I love that The Royal We seemed to predict that, and when the wedding was happening last May I wanted to reread this so badly. 13mo
Librarybelle @CoverToCoverGirl @ferskner I would read a Freddie story! 13mo
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The Royal We | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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Finished Part 3 tonight for #RoyalRead . I cried in parts of this - totally not expecting what happened! Things are progressing...on to Part 4 next week.

I may read a little more tonight, but not much more. My updated total for #24B4Monday .

ferskner I've been too busy with getting ready to travel and still haven't posted my part 2 questions! Ugh. 13mo
Librarybelle @ferskner No worries! 13mo
Andrew65 A great first day! 👏 13mo
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Nothing‘s black or white with this book so far @Librarybelle @ferskner

The on-off, unexpected turns and romantic moments are entertaining and oh so heartwarming and charming! 😊 I absolutely love Nick and the ever outlandish, roguishly incorrigible but endearing Freddy! He is just so naughty 😉🤣 #RoyalRead. #BuddyRead

Librarybelle I plan to start Part 3 on Friday...can‘t wait to see what happens! 13mo
CoverToCoverGirl I really liked it I‘m anticipating part 4. @Librarybelle 13mo
ferskner Freddie is a delight! 13mo
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Finished Part 2 this morning. Wow...what a rollercoaster! #RoyalRead

Librarybelle @ferskner This section really made the royal family sound snobbish. I felt for Bex as she navigated, pretty much on her own, instant fame and truly living in the public. I‘m kind of mad at Nick now. 13mo
CoverToCoverGirl Me too! It‘s like everyone left her to sink or swim - even Nick. This book didn‘t grab me in the first part but the second part was good and I can‘t wait to start part 3! 😊 13mo
Librarybelle I‘m excited to start Part 3 too, @CoverToCoverGirl ! 13mo
ferskner I'm not quite done with the section yet but YES Nick is so frustrating! 13mo
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