His Jingle Bell Princess by Barbara Dunlop

Accidentally abandoned and stranded by a raging blizzard in the picturesque town of Tucker, Maine, Crown Princess Jasmine Arcules finds herself alone and unguarded for the first time in her life.

Meanwhile, widower Sam Cutler is dreading the Christmas season. Struggling to be a good father to his nine-year-old twin daughters, he’s wracked with guilt and battling painful memories. The last thing he needs is a beautiful stranger invading his world.

Jasmine keeps her royal identity secret, so Sam treats her the way no man in her native country ever would – a country where speaking to Jasmine out of turn could result in jail time. But Jasmine has a knack for getting past Sam’s defenses, comforting his daughters, arousing his suppressed emotions, and forcing him to remember he’s a man…

Both Sam and Jasmine need each other, but can they trust in Christmas magic to bring their hearts together?

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Sometimes you simply have to believe in Christmas magic… and possibilities.

Sam is a devoted to his twin daughters, Amelia and Sophie.  The tender age of 9, they were both lively and full of energy… and they wanted to go home, back to their home and start the Christmas traditions that they vaguely remembered from when their mother was alive.  It’s been two years since his wife’s death.  How she loved Christmas, and to be taken from them at this time of year was heartbreaking and a huge feeling of guilt on Sam’s shoulder.  He had managed to put off the return home with endless renovations on the house, but his daughters weren’t letting up any time soon. Living with his mother-in-law had saved them all in many ways.  But they couldn’t stay with Belle forever, even if that’s what he wanted.   His love for his girls had helped him exist, but his grief kept him firmly in the past with the woman he’d loved more than life itself.

Jasmine’s head was full of memories of the horrible moments when she’d frozen during the speech she was supposed to give in New York City.  Her father would be disappointed in her, and she dreaded facing his anger.  Not that he would harm her, but she was soon to take the mantle of a Royal Princess expected to lead her country as Queen one day.  And she could barely stand the public scrutiny or public speaking.  When the private plane she was traveling on needed to make an unexpected stop for repairs in the small town of Tucker, Maine, everyone with Jasmine expected her to remain on board.  She was assumed to be sleeping in the plane’s bedroom and no one would dare interrupt her there.  What the crew and her security team didn’t know was that Jasmine had decided to leave the plane for a short walk in the snow and fresh air to settle her thoughts and have a moment of privacy.

The last thing she expected was to return to the small airport to find that her private plane had taken off… without her.  Her belongings, her identification, her phone were all on that plane – and a blizzard was heading their way.  It would be impossible for the plane to immediately return even if she could contact them.

For the first time in her life, Jasmine was truly alone and on her own.  No protocol, no bodyguards, no one to tell her how to act in this situation.  Totally and completely alone.  The kindness of strangers is a beautiful thing and Jasmine will experience that when a stranger, Belle, offers to help her until she can contact her family.  She is taken to Belle’s home where she will meet San and his daughters… and life will change for this Princess  suddenly dealing with a real world she had not a single clue about.

His Jingle Bell Princess is such a sweet, charming fairy tale like story that you cannot help but get caught up in the Christmas magic at play.  I enjoyed this story very much.  Watching Sam heal, his daughters take to Jasmine like kittens to milk and the kindness of Belle all played a part in making this a delightful Christmas read that I know I’ll pick up again next year.  If you’re looking for a feel good Christmas story one with a princess and a bit of holiday magic, then you’ll enjoy Sam and Jasmine’s journey.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*

This review first appeared on my book blog Keeper Bookshelf.

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