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Dining with Joy, Lowcountry Romance Series #3 -eBookRachel HauckThomas Nelson / 2010 / ePub$7.494.5 Stars Out Of 5 17 Reviews
Now a Hallmark Original Movie!
"This is classic romance at its very best." DEBBIE MACOMBER
Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.
Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princessjust to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isnt going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.
The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simons Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his familys tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susannas aid under the fabled Lovers Oak, he is blindsided by love.
Their lives are worlds apart. Hes a royal prince. Shes an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniels coronation.
Its the ultimate choice: His kingdom or her heart? Gods will or their own?
"[A] surprisingly believable royal-meets-commoner love story. With only a subtle nod to Cinderella, this modern and engaging tale follows the budding relationship of an American Southern girl and a pseudo-Brit prince . . . Hauck fans will find a gem of a tale." Publishers Weekly starred review
"Rachel Haucks inspiring Royal Wedding series is one for which you should reserve space on your keeper shelf!" USA Today
Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.
Fizzy Pop5 Stars Out Of 5This book has whispers of 'Princess Diaries' with a shadow of Charles and Dianna and a whole truckload of faith-filled fairy-taleApril 7, 2018Fizzy PopQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Rachel Hauck is totally one of 'my people'. Seriously, last year with the launch of my favorite book for all of 2017, 'The Writing Desk', I had an opportunity to get to know her and she's good people. That being said when I found out her book 'Once Upon a Prince' had been picked up for movie rights by Hallmark I was beyond the moon. Not that I have cable or the Hallmark channel, but that Rachel has such an amazing way with worlds and character development that I knew it would be more than amazing. I hadn't even read that particular book yet, but I still just knew. Well, I did go back a couple of years and read the book, I mean come on, you are reading the review right now. That being said this book has whispers of 'Princess Diaries' with a shadow of Charles and Dianna and a whole truckload of faith-filled fairy-tale.
I gotta tell ya, I've never been a 'happily ever after' kinda girl. I'm barely a 'romance' kinda girl. I'm a realist. Perfectly happy ending wrapped up in sparkly bows is so far from reality that after one too many romance novels I definitely develop a twitch or twenty and have to step back. Give me a murder to solve! That being said, this book did not make me feel like I had bathed in pure maple syrup (the good thick stuff, not the imitation from the grocery store!). I think the big difference is that Rachel develops such amazing people. They aren't characters, they are people. They live and breath and take up space in this world. She does it with so much humor and grace. I mean poor Susanna may have had her heart broken but there was so much joy and mirth floating about surrounding her life that it wasn't soul crushing, at least for me and I think even for her. Cliche? Yes. Eternally endearing in such a way that cliche doesn't exist? Absolutely!
Reading 'Once Upon a Prince' reminds me all over again why the author is 'my people'. She writes a perfect fairy-tale happily ever after book and then goes back through and fizzyfies it. Seriously, 'I found the right ring but not the right girl'? You don't come back from that . . . unless Rachel has crafted your life. Because she's also going to give you smart-talking, sweetly sarcastic family and friends. She's going to drop the perfect guy into your lap and then never tell you the whole truth about him. She's going to send you across the ocean to lose yourself so you can find yourself, and possibly jacker some serious political stuffs. And then? She's going to make it snow in Georgia. Yes, because every over the top perfect faith-filled fairy-tale needs a perfectly oversized (and glittered) bow to tie it off. . .until the sequel. (I need to read a murder now - stat!)
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Loraine3 Stars Out Of 5Nice romantic storyMarch 29, 2017LoraineQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was a nice romantic story. It was tough for Susanna to rebuild her life after all the plans she had laid out in front of her were torn apart, but it opened her up to meeting Nathaniel and he was not just a prince in title but in personality as well. 3 1/2 stars - Full review at my website.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5100% Yours!January 6, 2017MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed this book, even if I did read it AFTER a "March Bride" (the conclusion to Susannah's romance with Nathaniel). Parts were a little hard to believe, like Prince/King Nate's ability to get away from crowds and duties for hours at a time without security, or even his taking an American vacation in the first place, as his father was dying of leukemia. A few sections dragged a bit or felt unnecessary, such as Suz working for Gage a second time. But overall, it's a fun read - a modern day fairy tale to enjoy between more serious books. Rachel Hauck has a delicious way of weaving characters/families/small towns that you'd love to meet and get to know in real life. Her wedding books are delightfully clean romances where God is honored and at work, revealing His love through the trials and tribulations of eros.
ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Enchanted meets Touched by an Angel!February 26, 2015ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How 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.
AnonymousChicago, ILAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not My Cup of TeaMay 21, 2014AnonymousChicago, ILAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2One 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.)