Okay, maybe you say - too farfetched, for an American girl to marry a Prince from a small European monarchy? Well, it happened in the 50's_and it's a fun speculation as well as a recipe for an entertaining story!
Take one American girl, whose long engagement has just ended in broken dreams.
Add one European prince, who retreats to the family's American get-away spot for some much-needed reflection, as he faces seemingly impossible choices.
Mix them together - one surprise meeting leads to an unexpected friendship.
The result - a romance that just can't be - or can it? When other members of the Royal family get involved, their scheming doesn't work out quite the way they thought it would. Humor adds spice to the story!
This is the story of two young people facing difficult decisions with faith, strong character, and true love. Altogether, a delightful story! I'm definitely looking forward to reading more in this series.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
What girl does not dream of meeting the Prince at some point in her life? In this book the dream comes true. I read this book while traveling with my husband/my prince as we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. It was just the right book at the right time. Deep Sigh!!
Age Appropriate For: 13 and up (thematic material, romance)
Best for Ages: 15 and up
I am going to start this review with the one thing I didn't like about this book: the cover. For me, the cover gave me pause. It made it look like the book would have content that might not be appropriate It isn't so much what is shown as what is implied. Thankfully, the cover had nothing to do with the story. I hope this type of cover doesn't become a trend for Zondervan books.
Thank goodness I chose not to judge this book by its cover, because it was an amazingly wonderful story. The romance in it was so clean and so God honoring that even younger readers might find themselves liking it. Seriously, I don't think I have read a romance from a traditional publisher that made me jump up and down saying "That is the kind of romance I want!" until I read this book.
Both characters like each other from the beginning, but feelings are not the center of the romance, only a factor. Most of the time Nate and Susanna spend together is spent talking, often about faith. When they are apart, they don't spend all the time dreaming of kisses, hand-holding, and such, the miss each other's advice, thoughts, and presence.
Nathaniel was so amazing. There are not many heroes in books who think more about duty and honor than their hormones. He was the type of guy I am looking for - the type who treats girls with respect and honor; the type who cares more about a girl's heart than her body. That isn't to say he wasn't attracted to Susanna. Let's be honest, it would be weird to have a romance where there was no attraction. It is simply that he thinks more about who she is than the fact that she is pretty.
The fairy-tale aspect was so fun. So maybe it wasn't 100% believable, but who cares. It was so fun! The settings were so lovely that I could hear the accents, and the history of the fictional country was well presented. Some of the political aspect was murky, but not too bad.
The faith message was awesome. It was well-constructed, not too heavy, and central to the story. Both Suzanna and Nate helped build each other's faith.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a clean fairy tale, God-honoring romance, and characters that are strong of faith and character.
I received this book from Zondervan through Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
This book is a perfect "Beach Book" for an entertaining and romantic read. I only wish I had been at the beach when I read it! Rachel Hauck has taken an old theme and given it a lot of twists to make it an enjoyable modern fairy tale. It is a fun clean romance that I would be happy to share with my teenage daughter.
Unlike the subservient fairy tale Cinderella, Susanna is a strong female lead who would make today's young girls proud with her "Girl Power". Ironically her main character flaw involves her need to have control and put her plans first. Throughout the book, Susanna has to learn to "let go and let God". When she does, she finds that God's plans are so much better than her own which leads to a beautiful and romantic fairy tale ending.
Prince Nate turned King is every girls' dream. Though he often rescues Susanna, it is not done in a way to weaken her character at all. Besides, what woman doesn't like a man, let alone a prince, who is willing to do dishes and clean bathrooms.
The only character that I felt didn't really work was Aurora. Her back story is very fascinating as an independent wealthy business woman who has turned homeless by choice. Her insight in giving Susanna advice really works; however, the parts where she comes off more as a fortune teller seem outlandish and not really in character with the rest of the book. But, it is only a minor plot line and easy to overlook.
I love the fun and clever dialogue that puts this book on the top of my summer reading list. It is definitely a keeper with 5 stars.