The Royal Correspondent | Alexandra Joel | Book Review

The Royal Correspondent is a historical fiction story set in the 1960s. It follows the main character Blaise Hill as she tries to find her way as a journalist in a male dominated world. Unfortunately before she can get a full start on her career path, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnesses a murder. She helps the murderer, a boy she knew from school, hide the murder weapon and from that moment on she has to continuously look over her should and be unsure who to trust.

Even with her sorted history, Blaise finds herself in several unique situations as a female reporter. She crosses paths with a mysterious man, Adam Rule, who slips her tips for stories that will give her a big break. The first big break comes with the opportunity to go to London and cover the royal wedding of Princess Margaret and Tony Armstrong Post. This is originally only supposed to be a two week stint when it turns into something more permanent.

The permanent position allows Blaise to really craft her skills as a woman of the paper. The Royal Correspondent delves into real life situations of women in the work place, gender equality, and classism. Blaise is a representative of both the sexist and classist actions within the papers. Not only is she female but she is originally from a poorer class and is now doing exclusives on the wealthy. And she is expected to dress, act, and look the part.

On the surface, this seems very feminist and something that would be right up my alleyway for a book. Except it didn’t just keep this focus; there was also a love triangle. It was obvious to me from early on who Blaise is supposed to be with and it drove me crazy to watch this character who had been so brave and driven before turn herself inside out for these two men. She really started looking behind herself and second guessing every move that she made. I understand that some of this was done because one of the men was gaslighting her and pretending it was love. This is such an important topic that needs to be written more so that more people understand it. Unfortunately, I didn’t fully buy the love between Blaise and Adam as anything more than instant attraction and that made it difficult to enjoy them as the more positive option.

If The Royal Correspondent had been more about Blaise’s climb to the top of the newspaper world as a female, I think I would have enjoy it more. For me, alot of the positivity of a strong female role trying to find her way in a male dominated profession was over taken by the secondary storyline of romance. For some people, this may work well for them as they would prefer more focus on the romance. I just would have preferred something a little different and more representative of a strong female reporter who always trusted her instincts and a good news story.

Rating: 3 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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