Dec 6, 2013

~REVIEW~ Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Once Upon a PrinceTitle: Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding Series)
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre: Christian Romance
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Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by 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 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. Simon’s 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 a 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?


“We make our plans, but God directs our steps.”

Once Upon a Prince was a charming Christian romance.

Susanna has always had her life planned out. After years of dating her military boyfriend she is prepared for the next stage in their relationship. But when he decides that they aren’t meant to be, Susanna is heartbroken. What she quickly realizes is that maybe he was right. He was the right man but not the right man for her.

In enters Nate to save her from a horrid beggar. What starts off as a friendship between the two slowly begins to turn into much more. Nate and Susanne have an innocent and beautiful love blooming between them that neither saw coming. But for Nate, loving Susanna is not something he can allow. The truth is that Nate is none other than Prince Nathanial of Brighton, and he is about to become King. In his kingdom it is forbidden for him to marry an American. On top of that he is expected to marry another woman. This leads to their struggle in discounting what is happening between them.

Realizing the severity of the situation, Susanne does what is expected of her. She releases Nate so that he may be the great King she knows he will be. Brighton is in need of a king like Nathaniel and Susanna refuses to be the reason he is overthrown.  Nate, however, is intent on finding a way to feel free to love Susanna and stay true to his country. Through a series of prayers and soul searching both finally are able to find their HEA.

I am a sucker for “fairytale romances” so when I read the synopsis to this book I just had to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed. It was such a sweet story with a swoon worthy male lead, great supporting characters, and a headstrong protagonist. My only complaint was that there wasn’t more time spent developing the relationship between Susanna and Nate. Nonetheless it doesn’t deter me from recommending this! 

If you are looking for a quick and sweet read pick this up!


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