I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review.
Rachel Hauck has officially become one of my favorite authors with the second book in this series. I read the first book, Once Upon a Prince, and looked forward to the next book. (There is a third book too - yea!)
The idea of finding out that you are a long-lost princess sounds very romantic; Hauck did keep the romance but also did a great job exploring the emotions of having a life-altering decision before you. At the core, this book is about identity and how we define ourselves. It's so often in our family or our jobs when ultimately, it should be in who we are in the Lord.
Reggie was a a great modern-day strong princess and Tanner was sweet. His character reaffirms that we all have moments, decisions that were questionable, but the Father still loves us.
Read this book! Only after you've read the first book. It could be a standalone read, but the experience will be much richer if you read in order.
Reggie Beswick, proud southern belle of Tallahassee, Florida, was not, on the surface, princess material. She was independent to a fault, honest and forthright. She didn't hold back if she had something on her mind. And more than anything besides her family, she loved antique cars. After a traditional college education and several years as a CPA at a local firm, she risked it all to begin her dream venture, opening a classic car renovation business with her friends Al, Wally and Rafe. Just as her first successful restoration project was accomplished, Tanner Burkhardt showed up and pulled the rug out from under her safe, happy world.
Tanner was the Minister of Culture of the tiny North Sea island nation of Hessenberg. He brought with him records and documents that he used to prove to her that Reggie's great grandmother, whom her family fondly called Gram, was none other than Princess Alice of the house of Augustine-Saxon, heir to the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. Gram was a princess? How did the family not know that? Reggie had spent a lot of time with Gram as a little girl since her great-grandmother lived to nearly 100, while her grandmother and mother had died while she was still a young girl. Why hadn't she said anything about this?
This modern fairy tale was such a fun book to read. The differences between the down home Reggie and the straight-laced uptight Tanner made their growing attraction for each other amusing and endearing to watch. Sometimes the circumstances Reggie finds herself in seem a little far-fetched; but then, it is a fairy tale type story so it seems fitting although pretty much predictable.
Many of the supporting characters are heartwarming, especially Reggie's dad, her step-mom, and the co-owner of the renovation business, Al. This is the second book I've by this author in this series, and I believe Ms. Hauck has a talent for writing believable guiding lights that appear in the main characters' lives. Even Tanner's father fits into this category.
What the author does need to work on is dialogue, especially between the main characters. In some places the conversation becomes a bit forced, unnatural and a little off center. It's not very obvious unless you are looking for it. Sometimes I think it is difficult for authors to portray a character they have become fond of in their less than sterling qualities, even if it is for a short amount of time before that character begins their journey of maturity and growth.
However, overall, this book makes a delightful light read. I would recommend this to my friends.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of Zondervan Fiction. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Does a girl ever grow out of princess stories? I mean really...
Happily ever afters fill that big, dreamy, romantic hole in our book loving hearts, and yes it only lasts a short time, but it's so worth it! We all need a temporary vacation from the realities of everyday life.
Thank you Rachel Huack for filling that princess need that we bury deep inside ourselves. The characters were realistic, believable and yet I enjoyed getting to know them. Although I'd have to say I preferred "Once Upon A Prince", this book was still a delightful sequel and it kept me up into the early morning.
I'd recommend this, not for those looking for the next great classic, but for all you ladies who feel the need to immerse yourselves in castles, royalty, old cars, and charming men with blonde hair :)
Oh, I love this series so much! I adored Once Upon a Prince last year and have been anxiously waiting the release of Princess Ever After. I didn't think it was possible, but I loved this book even more!
While I always thought it would be amazing to be the queen (of what, I was never sure) when I was a kid, I'm not sure what I would do if I discovered that I was indeed a princess. This story explores what happens when an average, ordinary woman learnsâ€”quite unexpectedlyâ€”that she is royalty and the fate of her country rests squarely on her shoulders. While Princess Ever After is most definitely a modern-day fairy tale, Hauck weaves truths throughout that apply to all of us. How many times have I hesitated to take a leap of faith because I'm afraid? How many times have I relied on myself more than relying on the Lord? I loved that the underlying message was so strong.
In addition to having a great message, Princess Ever After was packed with romance! Regina and Tanner have such a fun relationship, and I loved watching their relationship progress. They were just so sweet and lovey, but without being too over the top. But the romance isn't the only thing happening in this book. Tanner and Regina have plenty of depth as well, and it felt as though they each had a story of their own in addition to the story of their relationship. This made for a very full and satisfying story.
Overall, I think it's safe to say that I LOVED Princess Ever After!!! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my fair and honest review.
This is book two in the Royal Wedding series. I was looking forward to this book and was not disappointed.
What I liked: Regina goes from car restorer to princess overnight. I really enjoyed how Regina grew as a character. This book also had a good amount of laughs. Her driving away with Tanner who jumped into the car had me laughing out loud. Tanner also was a good character. I don't want to give too much away about his story but I enjoyed it. I also found it interesting how we would jump back in time to Regina's grandma's diary entry's and how they tied into the present story. Very well written.
What I did not like: There is not much I did not like in this book. The only thing was how easy and simple Tanners personal family issue was resolved it just seemed like thing worked out way to smoothly.
I enjoyed this book. Even though it was a fairy tale kind of story it had very real trials and problems and did not come across like a Disney movie. I thought the author did a great job of portraying how hard it could be to go from being an average citizen to a royal. It was not a walk in the park, add in the humor and this made for a very good read. I'm interested to see how this series will end. I highly recommend this book. One does not need to read the first book in the series to read this one but it's just as good and it will explain how Regina came to be the princess in more detail.