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Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding Series) Paperback – April 30, 2013
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*Starred Review* Susanna has been faithful to Adam for 12 years, through high school, college, and his four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now Adam wants to meet her at a romantic beach, and Susanna just knows it’s to pop the question. But not so. Emotionally devastated, Susanna drives away, only to have a flat tire in the ironic location of the fabled Lover’s Oak. To add to her stress, a rough-looking man won’t leave her alone. Nathaniel stops to help. He hasn’t had a serious girlfriend in 10 years, and it’s love at first sight. There’s a complication, however. Nathaniel is a royal prince, next in line to be the king of Brighton Kingdom. And since his father is dying, Nathaniel has little time to find a suitable bride and begin producing heirs. Hauck has created an enchanting novel featuring a charming hero and heroine as well as interesting secondary characters, such as a woman who leaves her job as a lobbyist to live in a tent in the woods. This modern fairy tale, told from a faith-based perspective, is the first book in the Royal Wedding series. --Shelley Mosley
Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times best-selling author
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I love the fact that the book didn't hide the challenge that come to being a celebrity nor the hardship of being in a relationship with someone famous.
I love the humility in the Prince character, being able to clean someone toilets and be happy about it, prove you know who you are.
I like it a lot.
I definetely recommend the book to anyone who want to enjoy a princess-like romance with a christian perspective.
I think this is a very sweet tale of two people trying to get to know each other. Then everything seems to come their way. A dying parent, a hidden identity, and a kingdom. What are these two love birds to do? I think Susanna and Nate are two characters that are written very well. I really enjoyed getting to know them and their stories.
Hauck writes such beautiful descriptions. Brighton has such beautiful structures and landscapes. I feel like Hauck really puts her soul into her books with the characters and the setting. Who wouldn’t want to escape to Brighton in their minds. I wish I had a gorgeous place to escape to everyday like that. I was swept away. I think this book is great for any woman who just wants to get swept away in romance and love.
The story was a light, fun, whimsical read - it definitely delivered in the modern day fairy tale department and of course in the happy ending. The story was well-written and engaging, although at times it could get a bit detail heavy. I found the characters to overall be realistic, flawed and relatable. I found it refreshing to find a heroine who was both strong and weak at the same time. It was nice to see a character who didn't have it all figured out, and one who had to struggle when the "plan" didn't work out. I think there are many out there who can relate to Susanna's journey: coming from a less than solid or predictable childhood and how that effects our conscious/unconscious choices and needs as an adult. Not everyone has dealt with these issues, and they can be difficult to face even as an adult.
The story itself flowed nicely and was a nice, clean, sweet romance. I enjoyed the fairy tale elements, and the modern setting. I also really loved the detail the author used in carefully crafting the kingdom of Brighton - nice touches of different European influences to create the country/culture. The story reminded me a bit of the movie The Prince and Me, which I've always enjoyed, and definitely held elements of a retelling of Cinderella as well.
There were a few things I might have wished for this novel. One would have to be Susanna and Adam's relationship, for a couple who had been together so long - I would have preferred a little bit more of something. Of fight, or back-and-forth, not such easy acceptance I suppose since they were supposed to have been in love and together for so long. I just would have preferred the presence of more emotion around the whole issue.
Aurora was an interesting piece to the novel, I liked her and I didn't. As a "fairy godmother" type figure, it worked, but I also found so of her seemingly incoherent, "prophetic"-type moments off-putting. Overall, I probably would have found the story just as enjoyable without her presence as with. In this same vein, while I enjoyed the story overall and I do not mind Christian novels, at times it could be a bit overt and/or "preachy" which I know can be off-putting. So for those who prefer the more subtle Christian integration, might not enjoy that aspect as much.
Overall, I found the story to be a light, easy and satisfying read. I finished quickly and look forward to reading the next book in the series and finding out what becomes of Brighton.
For more Christian Romance try…
The Princess by Lori Wick
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The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter
For more Contemporary, Fairy-Tale-esque Romance try…
The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne
3 out of 5 Doxies - Really enjoyed it, go give it a read now!
Lanugage: no profanity that I recall
This was my first Christian romance. Honestly, it was clearly stated in the blurb but because I don't read Christian romance I didn't recognize it. When it mentioned God's will I thought it meant the way some royal houses used to claim God had selected them to rule. It actually meant God's will for the character. Since it was my first book of this type I don't think I'm qualified to say much. I enjoyed it. I live in the South and loved the Georgia aspect. It seemed well plotted and written. I definitely liked the moral constraints on the Prince: duty or love? I would recommend this to others who read this sub genre.