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Once Upon A Prince (2013)

by Rachel Hauck(Favorite Author)
3.83 of 5 Votes: 5
0310315476 (ISBN13: 9780310315476)
Royal Wedding
review 1: Are you looking for a story that will draw you in and sweep you away? Perhaps your imagination longs for the inspiration of a modern-day, realistic fairytale where ordinary girls can become princesses, and happily-ever-afters are everyday occurrences… Then open up the pages of Zondervan author Rachel Hauck’s first novel in the Royal Wedding Series – Once Upon a Prince – and your wishes will be granted! Landscape architect Susanna Truitt never wanted to be a princess. But then again, she never expected the man she always planned to marry - her boyfriend of 12 years - to suddenly inform her that he had ‘found the right ring but not the right girl’. Who would, after all? But God has a few surprises in store for Susanna, if only she can trust Him with the stor... morey of her life… The fairy-tale begins when she meets Brighton’s Crown Prince Nathaniel Henry Kenneth Mark Stratton beneath the fabled Lover’s Oak in her Georgian hometown. Except Susanna does not know he’s a prince-soon-to-be-king. And he changes her flat tire. After this chance meeting, Susanna can’t push thoughts of ‘Nate Kenneth’ from her mind, and Nathaniel can’t stop remembering the beautiful American girl who could never be part of the future planned for him from the day he was born. His burden.As circumstances begin to nudge the pair into each other’s paths time and time again, Susanna and Nathaniel are faced with impossible choices. Their hearts are becoming entangled with one another, but will Nathaniel’s position force him to leave behind the only woman he can ever love, only to marry one he can barely tolerate? And when given the chance to experience a glimpse of royal life, will Susanna be crushed under the pressures and insinuations that threaten her? Only time – and a little bit of fairy-tale magic – will tell.The lovable primary characters and laughable secondary characters, the contrasting backdrops of small-town Georgia and palace life of Brighton’s royals, and the unusual scenarios of Once Upon a Prince are a delight. Refreshingly, tidbits of Bible-based wisdom and heart-tested truths are sprinkled like seasoning throughout the story, giving it a delightfully sweet flavor. As Susanna learns to let go of her carefully planned life and simply trust in the One who wrote her life’s story, readers will find encouragement to let go, and let God, as well. Regrettably, a few aspects of the book detract from an otherwise stellar rating. Certain unwholesome insinuations, uncomfortable situations and discussions, and references to inappropriate actions place a blemish on an otherwise delightful story that could have been enjoyed by all ages. As it is, I still recommend Once Upon a Prince as a delightful, modern-day fairy-tale sure to engage your imagination, but I must also tack on a warning about occasional portions that are less-than-desirable.*** This book was provided courtesy of HarperCollins Canada, in exchange for my honest review. It is available for purchase at bookstores from Zondervan Publishers.
review 2: This is more a 4.5 star than 4 star book. I'm not big on romance books, but this was cute. This was a Christian romance and I feel that it was a tad over-board on the praying thing and a little scanty on the Bible verses, but it wasn't bad. This was your classic "He's-A-Prince-and-She-Doesn't-Know-It-and-They-Are-in-Love-but-Can't-Be-Together-because-She's-Not-from-His-Land", but it wasn't boring. It had a modern twist that made it a refreshing look at the "Secret-Prince" genre.The characters were colorful and well-rounded, though the secondary characters on the prince's side of things were a little less fleshed out than the heroine's family. They were loud and colorful and classic lively Southern gals. I say gals, as we see the female characters a bit more than the male, but they are all interesting and believable. This was a really cute and quick read. The politics of the prince's kingdom kept it from being complete brain candy. A good, feel good read.Thank you NetGalley and Zondervan Fiction for an eARC of this book to read and review. less
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A great romance that is a great read for all christian girls and women.
Sweet story--can't wait to read the next one!
It was slow going but good.
Love it!!
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