Winning the Queen’s Heart
Winning the Queen’s Heart
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About the Book
Christiana Elizabeth Marissa Abigail has been queen of Ravenzario since her family died in a horrific car accident when she was five. Her uncle acted as her regent until she was of age. In the last year, the uncovering of his duplicity shook the country’s faith in her – and her faith in herself. At least she is finally going to get to marry her secret boyfriend. Isn’t she?
American Alexander Bayfield has been in love with the queen of his adopted country for years. A chance conversation, one he wasn’t supposed to overhear, inserted him into Queen Christiana’s inner circle. For two years, he’s watched as her relationship with a man he knows to be evil progressed. The evidence to finally put him away for good has been uncovered and it’s up to Alexander to break the news to her.
The aftermath leaves Alexander as the only one Christiana can turn to, the only one who can protect her reputation and, more importantly, her heart. Will he be able to win it for himself, or will secrets from his past, paparazzi who tell stories before checking facts, and the long-reaching tentacles of her uncle’s empire keep them from finding love?
October 7, 2016-April 2, 2017
Prince Richard of Montevaro
Princess Ellie of Montevaro (Ellie Brewer)
Mr. & Mrs. Sanderford
Mr. & Mrs. Engel
Queen Adeline of Montevaro
Duke Charlemagne of Montevaro (Charlie Brewer)
Prince Malachi of Mevendia
Princess Jessabelle of Mevendia (Jessabelle Keller)
Prince Stephen Jedidiah Charlemagne Nicklaus
Dr. Jonah Fontaine
Prime Minister Caruso
Prince William of Mevendia
Mayor Guisseppe of Whisper Cove
King Richard of Ravenzario
Queen Marissa of Ravenzario
Prince Nicklaus of Ravenzario
Lady Gweneivere of Carrington
Alex & Chris Slate
Henry Eit, The Royal Uncle
King Richard IV of Ravenzario
Abby & Tod
Minority Leader Michaels
Ginger & Jonny
Ravenzario National Curling Team
Serenity Landing Pregnancy Care Center
Treason to the Crown Act of 1862
Elm Brook Road Apartments
Order of the Chelonii
Council Meeting Chamber
Annual Good Friday Pardon
Pagosa General Hospital
Helping Hands Charity
Queen Christiana of Ravenzario was trying on her wedding dress, on she hated but her fiance loved, when Alexander Bayfield arrived with the news. Her fiance was planning to kill her on their honeymoon. Christiana orders her fiance thrown in prison. Faced with canceling the wedding and destroying her people’s already fragile trust in her, Christiana considers accepting the unexpected proposal from Alexander.
Alexander has been half in love with the queen of his adopted country for years and can’t stand to see her heart broken. After his sincere proposal, he spends the afternoon with her, greeting groups like the Royal Scouts, who are meeting with the queen.
Christiana meets Royal Scout David Engel and his Poppo. During her conversation with Poppo, he tells her that he’s been praying for her since that day, years earlier, when her parents, younger brother, and nanny were killed in a car accident. She accepts Alexander’s proposal.
The roof to the chapel on Alexander’s family’s wedding property, on nearby Biansola Island, has been damaged. Every royal wedding for centuries has been held in the chapel, but hers will be moved to the other facility on the property – a barn. The night before the wedding, Alexander officially proposes to Christiana using her mother’s engagement ring.
Two days after the wedding, they board the yacht to spend a week touring the smaller islands around Ravenzario. Three days later, they have their first interview with royal reporter Matt Markinson. Later Christiana tells Alexander she believes the interview was scheduled for that day because she was supposed to have been dead. Her fiance would use her death and a previously undiscovered connection to the royal family to attempt to take the throne. It would not have worked, due to the marriage contract still in effect between Nicklaus, Christiana’s deceased brother, and Princess Yvette of Mevendia. Yvette would become queen with her father as regent until her 18th birthday. If that failed for some reason, Ravenzario would be split in two, with half being absorbed in Mevendia and half into Montevaro.
They spend several weeks touring the two main islands of Ravenzario. On December 23, 17 years after the death of Christiana’s family/nanny, they stop by the marker on the side of the mountain road where the accident happened. They spend the day with Poppo Engel and others in his town. She wants to avoid the dinner that evening, but Alexander insists they attend.
Rather than the dinner she expected, the meal is a tribute to her parents organized by Alexander. She has few personal memories of her parents so her people decide to share theirs. Scrapbooks of pictures, letters, stories, and DVDs of visuals/audios are presented to Christiana by David Engel and his sister. Once back in their suite, Christiana tearfully thanks Alexander and tells him this is the night she wants to finally truly be his wife.
On Christmas Eve, they return to the palace for the Christmas Eve Ball. Christiana, having woken up alone, distances herself from Alexander. He’d taken a phone call from his family in Serenity Landing about his grandmother’s minor stroke and doesn’t realize why she’s upset.
While they’ve been gone, Lizbeth Bence, now married to Robert Padovano, has been helping Princess Yvette plan her wedding to the late Prince Nicklaus. According to the terms of the contract, the wedding must go on even without the prince and is not considered void until a week after the wedding date. Lizbeth watches Princess Jessabelle of Mevendia as she nears her due date, mourning her own loss of a child after a one night stand. It was this pregnancy that led Robert to propose and for them to elope.
In January, Christiana has an appointment with the family doctor, Dr. Connell. He confirms the suspicions of Christiana’s assistant, Diana, that Christiana is pregnant. On Valentine’s Day, Christiana and Alexander attend the Readers and ‘Riters of Ravenzario Have a Heart Fundraiser. Near the end of her speech, Alexander approaches with a large bunch of roses, but drops them to catch her as she passes out. Dr. Connell happens to be present and has her transported back to the hospital section of the palace for observation. Christiana tells Alexander she’s pregnant.
Furious that she didn’t tell him sooner, Alexander takes off for his family’s island property, but convicted about loving his wife like Christ loves the church, returns before reaching it. They have a heart to heart.
Christiana is allowed to greet some of the visitors to the palace, including the Ravenzarian National Curling Team the next day. The Bayfield family arrives a few days later, and they confirm the media reports. Christiana discovers Alexander’s semi-secret past. He and his twin brother, Christopher, were teen heartthrobs under the stage names Alex and Chris Slate. They starred in the tween/teen comedy 2 Cool 4 School, which Christiana loved. After the series ended, they let their hair go back to its naturally darker color and moved back to the Midwest under their given names to attend college.
Christopher meets with Yvette and Lizbeth for wedding planning.
The palace announces Christiana’s pregnancy along with her hyperemesis gravidium – extreme morning sickness which has kept her nearly bedridden. They don’t mention the cramping and spotting that has also played a role in her bedrest. Alexander has a screen installed in her bedroom, that he sometimes shares for sleeping only, so she can work from there with cordless keyboard, etc. She has a 2 Cool 4 School marathon.
Dr. McCall, the prenatal specialist, tells Christiana she would like her to remain on bedrest fora couple more days – out of an extra abundance of caution. Annoyed, Christiana goes for a walk and has to be rescued from the garden when she doesn’t have the energy to return on her own. She finds out her fiance was already married when a news story is done about him.
They meet with Charlyn, head of PR, and plan an announcement/press conference for the next day to tell the whole story. Poppo comes for a visit to check on her. Alexander and Christiana have an indoor picnic with visiting children and make Smores. Alexander is called to the States after his grandmother has another stroke. Christiana gets a nasty stomach bug while he’s gone.
One of their former costars on 2 Cool 4 School is on a morning show. She sees a story about Alexander’s return to the States and puts it together, outing them as Alex and Chris Slate. Alexander runs into an old acquaintance at the hospital and is photographed giving her a hug. Tabloids make far more of it than there should be.
Julia, the acquaintance, was at the hospital to see her boss’s brother and hoped to run into Alexander. She forgets she was supposed to set up for a meeting and gets fired. Despite her change in circumstances, she decides to keep her travel plans for Spring Break, and take her son, Alex, to Ravenzario anyway.
Christiana and Alexander meet with Prime Minister Caruso and are told her uncle is being pardoned with the annual Good Friday Pardon awarded by the Minority Leader. Minority Leader Michaels hadn’t been in office long and didn’t know the full extent of her uncle’s crimes because he pleaded guilty to lesser charges and life in prison rather than a lengthy trial and the possibility of the death penalty. The authorities weren’t certain they could prove treason, which would not have been eligible for the Good Friday Pardon.
Julia and Alex are detained by authorities when they arrive in Ravenzario. Rumors are being floated that she’s Alexander’s other woman because of the hug at the hospital. They’re given money and put up at a nice hotel.
Poppo stays with Christiana during the pardon hearings. Uncle Henry is pardoned and will be released the next day. Alexander, Christopher, Prime Minister Caruso, Minority Leader Michaels, and Tony Browning – head of security, all try to find a way to prove treason, but are unable to. Christopher spends the night, forcing Alexander into Christiana’s room.
Henry is released the next day. Refusing to hide, Christiana visits the local children’s hospital with Dr. Jonah Fontaine, husband of Princess Anastasia of Mevendia. She takes a family to lunch at the local cafe.
The next day Julia has a flat tire about the time Alexander’s motorcade drives by. She sits in the back of his car with him while her tire is changed. This is later used as more proof of an “affair.” Alexander invites Julia and Alex to a ball being held in a couple of days and offers them a place to stay that night – a cottage on the palace grounds.
A press conference is held to refute the accusations of an affair. As it begins, Christiana goes to the cottage and confronts Julia over the alleged affair. Henry finds them there. Julia is injured but Christiana escapes through a secret tunnel she spent years exploring and can navigate in the dark.
Alex appears in the press conference to get help but covered with his mother’s blood. Alexander and Tony take off for the cottage. Alexander follows Christiana and Henry down the tunnel. She manages to get out before Henry can catch her and runs for the nearby plaza. When Alexander makes it to Pagosa Plaza, Christiana is nowhere to be seen. He tackles Henry and leaves a couple of locals in charge of detaining him until Tony and the others arrive. Alexander searches for Christiana and finds her hiding under a table in a men’s clothing store run by his valet’s brother.
When Henry arrives in the store, Alexander leaves her, with his pocket pistol, under the table and leaves to confront Henry. Before leaving he kisses her and tells her he loves her. Henry is soon unconscious, but Alexander is also shot. When they get back to the palace, Alexander and Christiana have a long overdue heart to heart and confess their love.
Christiana gives Julia and the owner of the men’s store the Order of the Chelonii for service above and beyond the call of duty. She asks Christopher to take the fully-recovered Julia and Alex back to Serenity Landing when he returns. Christopher isn’t happy about it, but eventually agrees.
Tony tells Alexander that he’s spending a few weeks wrapping up loose ends and finding the rest of Henry’s henchmen – including the police that detained Julia. He’s then taking some time off to see if he can pick up the trail of Prince Nicklaus and his nanny. A survival plan was in place should there be an assassination attempt, something now confirmed after the discovery of Henry’s hidden lair. Only Tony and Alexander know their survival is a possibility. In the lair, they also discover proof that Henry was not Christiana’s uncle, but wanted revenge on the royal family for Christiana’s great grandfather taking land from his family.
Finally, loving and loved by one another, Christiana and Alexander prepare to spend the rest of their lives together.