Have you ever finished a book with a heartfelt sigh because the romance was so good? That was exactly how I closed the last page of this book. I loved the characters and the story, but the romance? Ahh, just what I like in a fairy tale. Full review at my website. I received this book in a giveaway. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
"Because once you know who you really are, you can't go back to who you thought you were."
I think the purpose of this book (and the struggle we all face as we grow from childhood dreams to adult realities) is summed up in this quote by Tanner Burkhardt to Princess Regina. Whether it's facing life as a single parent, or changing jobs, or embracing a sudden call to be the monarch of a small country 4000 miles from "home," life requires faith to honestly face the things we can't control. I loved the chemistry between Reggie and the friends she made on both sides of the pond. I admire the courage she exercised to step out and follow God's call...and Gram's memories.
If you like happy endings, you'll love this modern fairy tale romance.
This indeed is a very lovely story. I was amazed at how Rachel Hauck formed the three stories of The Royal Wedding Series and plants the reader right inside two beautiful, fictitious countries. While the story is about an ordinary girl who discovers she's a long-lost princess, it is very believable. This is a story about a gal truly trying to serve God even in the unexpected way her life is going.
Oh man, I absolutely LOVED this book. The premise of the story mirrors that of The Princess Diaries in that it's a story about a girl who is a princess, that didn't know she was a princess. That's where the similarities end. I love when an author takes a well-known plot and makes it their own. Rachel Hauck definitely succeeded in that. The story flowed very well, and I loved reading about the history of Hessenberg. It added an interesting dimension to the story.
The characters were phenomenal. I loved Regina Beswick. Her sweet, Southern innocence endeared her to me instantly. Her strength and surety of faith added to her charm. Tanner Burkhardt was a handsome man, with a strong, rugged, and sweet side. I loved them together and their romance was story-book perfect. The conflict with Seamus defined their characters and helped move the story forward. I also loved, loved, loved the diary entries from Gram (Princess Alice) sprinkled throughout the story.
The message of the story was intricately weaved throughout the story. Both Reggie and Tanner had to overcome fear and self-doubt to embrace all that God had for them. See, when we doubt ourselves or the forgiveness the Lord freely offers, we keep ourselves from living joyfully in the Lord. When we let fear rule our lives, we can never be sure of ourselves in our calling.
Overall, I think this was the perfect edition to the Royal Weddings Series and look forward to the next book from Rachel Hauck.
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.