By Katharine McGee
Random House Books, 2019. 448 pages. Young Adult Fiction
When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. As we all know: he said yes. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne, and Princess Beatrice has been given a directive by her parents: start looking for a potential spouse from their shortlist of options. While Beatrice is occupied with looking for a future king consort, her two siblings, Samantha and Jefferson, are embroiled in their own drama with friends and illicit romances, all complicated by being in the media circus spotlight.
This young adult novel gives us a glimpse into an alternative world where monarchies didn't start to crumble through the 19th century, and which certainly resembles the last few remaining current-day royal families. This story will certainly have appeal for anyone intrigued by royalty and perhaps those who woke up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Recommended for fans of The Selection series.