There is something about a fairy tale that captures a deep part of my heart. The notion of leading a kingdom, royalty, and elegant balls all resonate with my imagination and leave me daydreaming in a world where nobility is a reality and true love is always found.
Rachel Hauck's Once Upon A Prince, the first book in her Royal Wedding Series, meets all the qualifications (and more) for an honest-to-goodness, real-life fairy tale.
I found Susanna and Prince Nathaniel to be genuine, honest characters. From the moment I was introduced to the initial setting of St. Simon's Island, I was captured by the beauty Hauck described. I felt the soft Gerogian wind and could see the rolling sea oats lining the shore.
Rachel Hauck has a way of painting a story on your heart. Her descriptions are more felt than read and create the type of experience that transports her readers into the book.
For a plot that could be viewed as 'over done' or 'cliche', I didn't get that feeling at all from Once Upon A Prince. Hauck dealt with a fictitious country, politics and laws of this country, and ceremonies and customs all in a believable and understandable way that added to the plot.
I'd highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys Christian Romance, fairy tales, or just good writing in general! It's an excellent book and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2014/01/once-upon-prince-by-rachel-hauck-review.html
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
Jilted! And from there the story of Susanna, flows and ebbs. Adam, who has been in Susanna's life forever has just returned from a tour of Afghanistan. This is the first day she sees him, though he has been home for three days. Instead of the proposal Susanna is expecting, he tells her he loves someone else.
Rachel Hauck is a fantastic author and uses her unique voice and superb use of words to paint vivid images of the scenes around her characters while making the people realistic, though not perfect. Walking along a beach, I could almost feel the sand between my feet and smell the ocean while seeing the waves rolling in. A modern day fairy tale, Once Upon a Prince is a story that every girl dreams of, where a simple girl can truly win the love of prince.
Faith when plans go awry, Trust that although God's plans are not my plans, things will turn out the way He has planned for me and I can feel His love as well.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for the purpose of reviewing it. A positive critique was not required, just an honest one. The opinions are my own.
I could not keep my hands off of this book. If you are a hopeless romantic and believe in true love you will love this book. Embedded in the story is an important Christ centered message. It spoke to me personally and I know it will speak to you also. I definitely recommend this book.
I love Rachel Hauck's books. Read the first book that Sara Evan's co wrote with Rachel had to finish all three in that series. Since then I have been reading Rachel Hauck's books. Just finished reading The Wedding Dress. Once you start reading her books you can't put them down. It is so good to read a good book with Christian characters.
This is a fun romantic "Cinderella" story. There is a touch of the Bible woven in that reminded me of the story of Ruth. All girls would love to find a true prince to marry and this was a fun read.
Susanna thought she had her life figured out. She was going to marry her high school sweetheart. After all she had waited 12 years for him, on the night of her "proposal" he tells her he has fallen for someone else. Deep in her heart Susanna knows that this is the right thing, but what will her life look like now?!
Susanna runs into Nate after being dumped. Things do not seem to go right, but Nate takes her to her family restaurant, where he is put to work scrubbing bathrooms. Little does the family realize that he really is a prince. Susanna and Nate form a friendship before Nate has to return to his duties as a prince. Eventually the family finds out Nate's royal bloodlines.
Nate has to return home and take over the family business. Susanna tries to start her own landscaping business, but that doesn't work out the way she had planned. Everything seems to be falling apart for her when an invitation from Prince Nathaniel arrives to attend his "crowning ceremony". Susanna and her sister arrive for the festivities. Nate's family thinks that this is just a short lived romance, but as any good romance goes, Susanna gets her prince. Lessons are learned along the way and once again we see how God does care about our lives. His higher ways are always the best ways, so we learn to relinquish our trust to Him once again.
I loved this fun fast paced story. I loved being reminded of how God does care for each of us. Our lives tend to take unexpected turns that we can only understand in reverse.
My thanks to Netgalley and Zondervan for giving me the opportunity to read this story. Rachel Hauck is an author I look forward to reading more from in the future.