One of the reasons I started to "blog for books" was to branch outside my world of non-fiction, gaining exposure to a range of genres and authors outside of the human trafficking/poverty/ justice related readings I tend to gravitate toward. For the most part the experience of blogging for books has been rewarding and has put some good reads in my lap that I would have ignored were it not for the fact that I received a copy for free.
And then, there are times that I just don't connect with a read. Sadly, this was the case with Once Upon A Prince. I just didn't connect with the characters or storyline in a way that I felt drawn into their world or circumstances.
I think the primary reason I felt disconnected from the arc of this novel is because I am not a fan of insta-love. I recognize this theme is central to many young adult and contemporary romance novels, but I think it's harmful. I think insta-love is damaging to a healthy perception of relationships. I think insta-love undermines the amount of work required to maintain a long-term relationship rooted in commitment and sacrifice. And, I think insta-love sets unrealistic expectations for the psychological, emotional, and social development of trust in relationships.
Now, having said that, once I was able to remove the "insta-love-dislike" cap I was able to finish the novel and find value in the author's intent. I think Once Upon a Prince was well written, presenting many important themes such as loyalty, social expectations, family roles and responsibility, finding one's way according to personal passion and interest verse outside pressure _ all issues that a reader can relate to in one way or another.
So, while this particular novel may not have been my cup of tea, I think Rachel Hauck to be a gifted writer and am interested in picking up some of her other works outside the Royal Wedding/A Year of Weddings series.
(I received a complimentary copy from Zondervan Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
I received a copy of this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a cute, light little romance, typical of modern day fairy tales, with Christian overtones. This was the first Christian romance book I've read and I wasn't sure how I would like it. This was also the first romance book that I've read that didn't have a single kiss in it till the end. Really?!
I've read some pretty raunchy books, and enjoyed them. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I enjoyed this book just as much. That the raunchiness wasn't necessary for the enjoyment.
However, I will say that there were parts of this book that dragged, but in the end it was nice to see that true love overcomes all. It being a Christian romance, God had a big hand in it.
Oh my word, I am in definite danger of turning into a giggling, gushing, fan-girl over this book.
Over a year ago I skimmed through it at the insistence of my mother and I surely wish I'd done more than skim. Of course, it may not have had the same impact on me then that it has now so perhaps it was for the best.
I've just finished reading the book and, despite being under the influence of a nasty stomach bug, I feel the most wonderful glow inside and out.
WHAT an amazing story!
WHAT a wonderful idea!
SO MUCH better than a silly story of magic slippers or enchanted spinning wheels. I do think the cover designer might have benefited from reading the book a bit more closely but my personal morals are so different from almost everyone else's, I'm sure they thought the cover was positively pure. It's just me and my son who look at it and wince. However, at the end of the day, the cover art can not possibly diminish the wonderful message contained within the pages!
Like so many other young girls, I grew up on fairy tales and it took me one failed marriage and several failed relationships to admit that believing in fairy tales was not such a good thing for a grown-woman but "Once Upon A Prince" is a real-life fairy tale that I can get behind. You're still left with a story book feel and you still end up with a happy ending (I feel no danger in revealing that because it's not the one you'll be expecting and_ the book has been out a while now) but it really feels real through and through.
BRAVO Rachel Hauck!
And now I get to jump right into the next story! SO there is a bit of a bonus for me waiting so long to really read the book. I don't have to sit on tacks while I wait for book 2. YAY!
Watch for the review! It's coming soon and don't miss out on the Facebook party that Litfuse is throwing to celebrate on March 6th! LINK
And if you haven't read the book, you definitely should!
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.