How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck is a lovely modern-day fairy tale for those of us who need something more than a Disney Princess to satisfy our need for a good love story. While this book is third in Hauck's The Royal Wedding Series, it easily stands alone. For me, this title was definitely a page-turner I would love to see made into a movie. It is laced was some serious heart issues, but is not so heavy that you miss the whimsy of a good princess story.
How to Catch a Prince is a good mix of reality and imagination. Think of the movie Enchanted staring Amy Adams (without all of the singing and animation) meets Touched by an Angel. There are moments of divine intervention, angels sent to help out two people who were meant to love and serve together. I thought it was fabulous. Author Rachel Hauck has done a marvelous job writing this series. FIVE STARS from this book blogger!!!
I would add a PG rating to this book. It is clean and totally appropriate for a teenage girl. Having said that, I never thought it lacked the meatiness for an adult read. I am simply saying this would be a great title to read along with your daughter! A fairy tale with values is always a wonderful thing!
I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher and BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated and all opinions are my own.
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!