Susanna Truitt spent the past twelve years of her life waiting for the day Adam Peters would ask her to marry him. But then he breaks up with her on a stormy day on St. Simons Island, GA, claiming he's "found the right ring but not the right girl." Now Susanna has to learn to live without the plans she's been making for more than a decade. And then she meets Nate, a European guy vacationing in St. Simons Island who she keeps running into. Nate has a history of his own, though. A royal history, complete with plans to become king of his home country_and a requirement that he marry a woman also born of noble blood. Why would God allow Susanna and Prince Nathaniel to fall in love if they can never be together? Could He have a noble purpose and a "happily ever after" in store for a Southern girl and a royal heir?
Once Upon a Prince is a present-day fairy tale. Combine that knowledge with the title and cover of the book, and you might be confident in your prediction of how it ends. But I love a good fairy tale, and this is certainly a good one, complete with twists, turns, and unpredictable situations. The story alternates between the perspective of Susanna and Prince Nathaniel. Being from the South, I could identify a lot with Susanna's world and easily see things through her eyes. That was even more interesting when I got to see how she sees royalty and all of the customs and privileges that come with it. I felt for Susanna throughout the different trials she faces, and I enjoyed Nathaniel's perspective, too. Her side of the story is that of a "commoner," while his side is official, prestigious, and_well, royal. It's definitely a fun contrast.
The novel opens with Adam breaking up with Susanna. While I'm not sure how many pages this scene actually was (I read it on my Kindle, and I like to customize my font size), it lasts for a long time. Since the story doesn't revolve around Adam and Susanna's relationship, I thought all of this background info could've been condensed a little. Likewise, some conversational scenes were lengthy, but there were always lots of details to hold my interest.
The story is both serious and light-hearted. While reading this book, one minute I'd be saying, "Awww!" and the next minute I'd be laughing out loud. The interactions between characters are always entertaining, and each has a unique voice. Especially Avery, Susanna's hilarious younger sister.
As a little girl, I dreamed of being a princess. I dreamed of castles and fancy ball gowns and Prince Charming. Actually, those things are still fun to daydream about. And that's why Rachel Hauck's newest book is such a fun read. It's light enough that you can pick it up, read a few pages, then come back to it later. But it also weaves an endearing story about two characters you won't want to leave.
Rachel Hauck is a master at crafting Christian romantic comedy novels filled with clean, uplifting content. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Royal Wedding series!
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Told from her boyfriend of twelve years that he "found the right ring but the wrong girl", Susanna vows to search for her one-true-love. Through a series of misfortunes and heartbreaks, Susanna does meet the man of her dreams but discovers he is unavailable due to his birthright of being a future King as well as an outdated, ancient decree. True love does have a way of winning though_
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
From the absolutely adorable book cover to the modern day fairytale (albeit a bit relevant while waiting for the Royal baby to appear), I found myself positively enjoying this novel! Though a new author for me, I am sure I will no longer be a stranger to her books. Inspired by Prince William and Princess Catherine of Cambridge, the author, Rachel Hauck, does a gracious job of bringing the Prince of Brighton and everyday, simple, issue-ridden Susanna together through funny moments and endearing junctures all within Christian perspectives. I appreciated the contemporary love-story with morals and values intact. As the pages continued to turn faster, I found myself hoping for a sequel (which there will be)! Definitely a book worth reading and sharing!
RATING: 4.5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Once Upon a Prince from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review*
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!!