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Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding Series) Paperback – April 30, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 466 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Royal Wedding Series

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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

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"This is classic romance at its very best."
—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times best-selling author
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Product Details

  • Series: Royal Wedding Series
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310315476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310315476
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once Upon a Prince is the first book I've read by Rachel Hauck, but I've been wanting to read The Wedding Dress for a while now. I'm not a huge fan of contemporary romance novels, so I wasn't sure what I would think about Once Upon a Prince going in, but since I'd heard great things about it and it sounded good, I was excited to start it.

Once Upon a Prince starts off great and I was interested in the story pretty much right away. I liked most of the characters and the whole prince/royalty aspect of the book.

One thing I didn't care for was how Aurora predicted what was going to happen in Susanna's life before certain events occurred - it was just a little too weird for me.

The ending, while predictable, was sweet and I'm interested in seeing what happens next in the Royal Wedding series.

Overall, Once Upon a Prince was a nice, light read. If you tend to enjoy contemporary romance novels, I think you'll enjoy it.

*I received this book for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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A Handsome modern day prince about to become King, amazing travels abroad, beautiful ball dresses, a chance meeting that leads to something more. Wow, all of these ingredients add up to a recipe that readers love when it comes to contemporary Christian romance novels. Honestly, these are all the things that I love when it comes to "Once upon a time" stories. And I really liked this story and the characters, but I have to say that I felt that maybe an ingredient or two might have been left out of this one.

As this novel opens our sweet heroine Susanna, a beautiful landscape architect, is getting dumped by her long time fiance' on a scenic walk along the beach. All of her plans came crashing in around her as she thought that this stroll was the one to `"set the date" for her happily ever after. However, it turned more into-" See ya, I've met someone else. kind of stroll" This sends poor highly structured and infinite planner Susanna into a tailspin. And so tailspinning Susanna then meets up with playboy prince, "not -excited- to-be-King-someday Nathaniel as our damsel in distress has a flat tire. And the gallantry begins. He is a fish out of water in her world, even helping out at her family's restaurant as they were short handed and a mop thrown in his hand. And she ventures to his neck of the woods too, where she needs to observe all the royal etiquette correctly and makes an occasional "Eliza Doolittle " move by standing when she should be seated, etc.

I have to say that I absolutely adore a storyline where royalty falls for the girl next door, I mean who doesn't? I just felt that this relationship didn't form that deeply for me. It just felt a little rushed and I had a hard time seeing how with so little interaction that they could be so connected so quickly.
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I really had high hopes for this book based on the other reviews, but I was really disappointed. I just couldn't see how the H & H could fall in love during their very brief encounters. It seemed as if every time they met, Susanna would lecture Nate on God's plan. How can Nate even say he's in love with her when she won't even let him get to know her without a lecture? Yes, absolutely discuss God plan for the future, but its not all there is to relationships. I just couldn't buy into it. There was more time spent on the politics of Nate's country and Susanna's job issues than the actual love story. I ended up skimming through the politics to get to the love story, what little there was. I loved the idea of this book, I just had to rewrite it in my head so I could believe in Susanna & Nate's happily ever after.
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This could easily be made into a Disney movie....very sweet. No cussing, no sex and the one kiss is at the very last page of the book....not that there is anything wrong with that. I would probably rather watch it as a movie then read it. It felt a little 1950's to me at times with the dialog. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a pure clean romance novel...but I never felt the romance or the pull between the two main characters. The dying need of wanting to be together but they couldn't....no real longing for each other. Suzanne denying her feelings, pushing him away at every turn, she was way to logical...and when you fall in love it is not about logic at all....It is about your heart and letting go, and she never did until the last two pages. The Prince was very sweet and old fashioned....but I never sensed passion for each other in either one if them, sure they said things here and there but most of the time it never felt believable. The secondary characters were very likable. The dialog was witty at times.....for current day this just felt very old fashioned.
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Susanna is not having a good day. The fellow she had been friends with for twelve years, experiencing the ebb and flow of romance, has just told her he cannot marry her. She is stunned. Marriage had been their plan since their sophomore year of college. But on his last tour in Afghanistan, he fell in love - with someone else.

Her day gets even worse when she finds her car has a flat tire. And then some creepy guy starts to bother her as she struggles with the tire iron. Then, out of the sunset, riding his trusty steed - well, actually a black SUV - is the most handsome man... He introduces himself as Nate and is more than happy to help her change her tire.

What Susanna doesn't know is that "Nate" is really Nathaniel, Prince of Brighton. He's having an American vacation on St. Simons Island, and will be the guest at a benefit put on by his distant cousin. Susanna, through quirks of accident, does not find out Nate's true identity for quite a while.

Nate is struck with love the very first time he sees Susanna. But he has a problem. His father is dying of leukemia and Nate may end up being king sooner than he had anticipated. His vacation at the cottage his family has owned for decades may soon have to come to an end. How can he bear to leave Susanna?

Susanna finds out by accident Nate's true identity. She is crushed. Why did he lie to her? Just when it looks like they might work it out Nate gets word his father has died and he must return to Brighton immediately. He must be king.

What a fun and well crafted modern fairy tale. There is the damsel in distress. There is (literally) the prince who comes to her aid. There is even a fairy Godmother, of sorts, in the quirky character of Aurora.

There is the typical romance problem.
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