Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding Series)
by Rachel Hauck
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (April 30, 2013)
Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by best-selling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.
Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess―just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t 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 family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.
Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.
It’s the ultimate choice: His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?
This book was sent to me ages ago by the publisher. I had every intention of reading and reviewing it in a timely manner. And I didn't offer to someone else to read, so I was very interested in the storyline. Apologies for the late review. But is a good review ever too late? Maybe the timing is kind of like midnight striking. It is about a prince. Enough of that. Rachel Hauck is a very gifted storyteller. She weaves a tale of international love, kingdoms, princes and throws in almost every little girls' original dream, to become a princess.
Susanna Truitt finds herself at the backside of her dream life when her little little castle of cards comes crashing down around her ears. Her prince charming has found a future happily ever after, unfortunately, that doesn't include Susanna. Designing beautiful surroundings as a career somehow falls flat, she can barely give away her services. And Susanna sees her likely future as alone and working in the family restaurant. Not that that's a bad thing...but....
In steps Nate, with a burden of his own. And limitations, and sacrifices he must make. Plus one must consider the large pond that separates Nate and Susanna. Is there a happily ever after for either of them?
If you haven't read this book, and you have a hankering to do so, I'm pretty sure you won't be sorry. There's a whole lot of charming in it, prince and otherwise.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer