In danger of turning into a fangirl over this one!
March 4, 2014
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.
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.